What to expect...
Before meeting in person, we will visit by phone about what concerns and goals you have and to see if I would be a good fit for each of you and your situation. Once the first appointment has been scheduled, you will each need to complete your own set of forms on this website.
Typically I meet with both of you together first to consult with you about why you are seeking counseling together at this time. Initially several factors are taken into consideration regarding recommendations for treatment— goals of each person, issues in the relationship (past and present) and readiness for change. If we determine couples work is indeed warranted and all agree to work toward the goals set in place, then we can begin our work together meeting weekly or every other week.
Moving forward, goals may include some or all of the following: focusing on understanding your relationship dynamics, improving communication and/or growing closer as a couple. The models I use in couples work incude Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In addition, I suggest relevant reading and/or exercises to do between sessions in order to reinforce new ideas and experiences in between sessions.
My style is authentic, empathic and engaged, working to help couples communicate with one another in healthy ways and potentially repair and strengthen their bond. I strive to maintain a balance between following and supportively leading each of you in changing your relationship 'dance'. In our work together, it is my deepest desire that you each find hope and healing for yourselves and a healthier relationship with one another.