Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Therapy for Individuals

The aim of psychotherapy for couples is to help you to:

  • Identify and understand the nature of your challenges
  • Replace unhealthy coping strategies with healthy ones
  • Increase self-acceptance
  • Be more satisfied and have better self-esteem
  • Have a sense of well-being
  • Know yourself

Tailoring treatment to you as an individual, I offer therapy that focuses on providing you with tools to better deal with life's stresses and challenges.

My approach also focuses on insight, which includes exploring the reasons why you do what you do. Understanding your motivations can be very helpful in terms of finding new ways to communicate your feelings, needs, and thoughts.

Psychotherapists are in one of the few careers where we eventually "work our way out of a job." When to start therapy as well as when to terminate is up to you.

I generally work with adults who are experiencing several kinds of challenges, including:

  • Panic attacks and anxiety
  • Depression and trauma
  • Dissatisfaction with a job or career
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Problems with relationships
  • Substance abuse and addictions

Some individuals stay in therapy for a few months, and others continue for several years. The average length of time for my clients has been one to two years. Although it may seem like a long time, one year of weekly therapy sessions is about 45 to 50 hours, or a typical workweek.

Therapy for Couples

A major challenge for many couples is communicating in a way that leads to mutually agreeable solutions. All couples have conflict, but unfortunately the way you communicate with each other can make the situation worse. Part of what I do is interrupt long-standing patterns of communicating with a focus on quickly getting to the core issues that impact intimacy and communication.

Whether you're having ongoing disagreements, frosty distance, or harmful relationship patterns, part of therapy would be to determine how each of you contribute to these issues. We'd also attempt to determine if your or your partner's past (family of origin or former partners) are affecting your relationship.

Couples counseling can be especially helpful when you and your partner can't get through to one another, experience a breach of trust, or are going through major changes. You and your partner can learn about what led to the present circumstances so that each of you can be more cooperative, loving, and able to express both of your needs in a respectful way.

In couples counseling, we will work together so that you can:

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Appreciate the relationship and each other
  • Restore closeness
  • Deal with issues related to sex

Once the challenges that brought you to counseling are starting to be resolved, you may benefit from a few additional counseling sessions until new ways of relating to each other are firmly established.

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