Cultivating loving and harmonious relationships
Healthy, mature, and loving relationships are among the most important factors that promote lasting happiness and well-being in our lives. We live in an age where people are often quick to give up on relationships, yet in many cases the problems in one relationship carry over into the next in one form or another.
Relationships require work, and the specific work that needs to be done may be different for each person in the relationship. While addressing individual needs, the focus of the therapy is the couple and how they interact with each other.
As in individual therapy, with couples I favor a strengths-based approach that recognizes what each person brings to the relationship and emphasizes love and connection over problems and strife.
I assist couples in identifying unhelpful patterns of communication and replace them with supportive behaviors that lead to harmonious and deeply bonded relationships. My approach is influenced by mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic techniques, Sue Johnson's emotionally focused therapy, and the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman.