Marriage Counseling

Marriage & Family

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Marriage counseling involves more than working with married couples. Dating, engaged, live-in couples, and empty nesters benefit from counseling.

You can create connection beyond conflict. We need skills and understanding from a relationship therapist. Anyone can improve their relationship if both are willing.

Consider marriage counseling if:

  • You’ve been married for decades and feel stagnant or misunderstood.
  • You’re living together, or about to be engaged.
  • In-law or other family problems interfere.
  • Betrayal, dishonesty, or addictions keep you disconnected.
  • You’d like an assessment to see how you’re doing as a couple.

Ask for a free 20 minute consultation in my office. It’s a great way to see if I’m a good fit for both of you.

Marriage Counseling is a passion of mine.

My own marital journey has given me transforming insights. My work with couples give them dialogue skills and brings connection beyond their conflicts.

Although I have more than 35  years of marital experience, my husband and I (of nearly eight years) continue our journey. We get couples therapy and participate in marriage retreats for wisdom beyond our stuck places. We’re still in process just as we all are.

Couples can grow through challenges. Its takes both individuals in the relationship to make that happen.

Training and practical application through marriage counseling

My training as an Imago Relationship Therapist has been transformational for me and my counseling practice. I’m convinced couples dialogue is a skill every couple can learn and get good at.

I’m a facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, Marital and Premarital Inventory which I use often with pre-marital and married couples.

I’ve been privileged to train under renown relationship researchers, Drs. John and Julie Gottman in Seattle. They are known for their work on marital stability and divorce prediction. Their 40-year longitudinal studies are fascinating. Many authors quote Gottman in their books on marriage.

Dr. Sue Johnson is a leading innovator having developed Emotion Focused therapy for couples. Her influence has enhanced my work with couples.

Here’s what you can do before marriage counseling:

A first appointment is a courageous step. To make that first marriage counseling or couples appointment easier, here’s what you can do.

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