We all desire closeness and intimacy, as long as that intimacy is safe
and allows us to be fully who we are. There are few things as nourishing
as a loving relationship and few things as painful as a relationship
wrought with conflict and animosity. Satisfying relationships require
effective communication, respect, mutuality, and consideration.
Couples need to be responsive to the needs of the relationship and responsive to the needs of each individual within the relationship. Relationship skills are learned. Some people are fortunate enough to learn some of these skills in their families of origin, the rest of us learn later in life. A psychotherapist can be a real asset in helping to acquire important skills in communication, authentic and secure connection and emotional intelligence.
Couples with a wide range of problems
and who are at different relationship stages and phases benefit from therapy. My
work is informed primarily by relational psychodynamics, adult attachment theory, systems theory and research on
relationships and marriage in order to develop effective treatment plans. I respect all cultures, sexual orientations, faiths, arrangements and traditions.
- Problems in communication or conflict resolution
- Emotional expression
- Closeness, intimacy and commitment
- Trust issues
- Decisions about whether to marry or divorce
- Financial issues
- Blended family issues