love & relationships
RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERPERSONAL CONNECTIONS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR LIVES. BEING IN AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP IS LIFE AFFIRMING, YET MOST OF US WERE NEVER TAUGHT HOW TO DO IT IN A CONSCIOUS, FUNCTIONAL WAY.
Couples seek therapy for a wide range of reasons. More often than not, couples seeking therapy report that their communication has broken down, they lack trust, and intimacy no longer exists. When a couple comes to therapy seeking help in one area, what we find is that there is actually a breakdown in one or many parts of the relationship. This is due to a number of reasons, but also because each partner holds their own history of unresolved pain.
Giving yourselves a chance to address your individual and joint issues in therapy increases your chance of resolution, as long as both partners are committed to learning, reflecting and growing.
Together, we will address everything that you’re feeling and thinking, as well as your concerns. We will discuss your desired outcomes and create a plan with unique goals to get your relationship back on track.
preventative couples therapy & pre-marital counseling
Complex Trauma (also called Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, C-PTSD, or attachment trauma) refers to types of trauma that occur repeatedly in the context of the parent-child relationship. The term C-PTSD is used interchangeably with attachment trauma and both include experiences of emotional neglect, sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, role reversal, or feeling abandoned emotionally by caregivers. Actively rejecting and verbally berating a child are forms of more silent emotional abuse and are equally damaging, as these constitute a direct threat to a child developing internal security and self-worth.
C-PTSD and shame is at the root of all mental health challenges, addictions, and adult relationship issues. To learn more about shame, sign up to receive your free copy of my therapy e-journal.