I believe trust and communication are the foundations of healthy connections. It is often through relationship that we gain a sense of “who we are,” experience wounding, and ultimately gain profound healing. This experiential learning begins in our early attachment relationships, which tend to directly influence the relationships in which we engage throughout our lives. In other words, into our most personal relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and communities. Sadly, in today’s society, the challenges of daily life often impact the quality of our connections with ourselves and also with others.
Nurturing and sustaining intimate relationships can be challenging. Both you and your partner made a commitment for “better or for worse.” Unfortunately, sometimes couples end up feeling “stuck” in negative and/or repetitive cycles of disconnection, fighting, feeling unheard, or misunderstood. The stresses of life such as finances, parenting, family issues, and work can turn into obstacles to intimacy, love, and partnership.
I work closely with couples to increase and strengthen communication skills, develop greater personal awareness, and to learn self-regulation skills in order to stay calm and effective during times of conflict and/or during difficult conversations. In addition, I am a certified Facilitator for the Prepare Enrich Couples Assessment Program. To read more about Prepare Enrich, click here. Using the Prepare/Enrich assessment tools, integrated with methods from Imago, Gottman, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, I can also help you:
Learning how to set healthy boundaries with your partner can lead to increasing intimacy, lasting love, and deeper connection. Creating a more balanced, inter-dependent relationship (rather than an unbalanced co-dependent relationship) will contribute to each of you experiencing more of your own inner-strengths, authenticity, and personal growth. As each of you gain self-awareness in relation to your partner, you each benefit from learning to generate more understanding, resolve conflict, and become more patient, supportive, and accepting of your partner. Thus, as you grow together, your relationship heals, which then circles back and strengthens you both in return.