Couple Therapy

Relationships are dynamic, changing over time. They involve two separate individuals coming together to create a third entity: the couple. Each individual comes into a relationship with their own histories, patterns, feelings, and behaviors. All couples have difficulties and struggles. Sometimes, it may feel that your relationship has gone beyond that. My approach to couple therapy combines a focus on addressing and understanding patterns of communication and intimacy, as well as addressing underlying patterns that affect both partners, all of which are somewhat within our awareness and outside of it.

In my practice, I frequently work with interracial couples and with people who identify as LGBTIQ people of color, meeting the needs of individuals who embrace multiple cultural identities that are part of non-dominant cultural groups. This work involves recognition of how external cultural influences impact our relationships, work, identity and more, and helping to better understand our experience of these influences. I see couples whose relationships fall within and outside of heteronormative ideas. I am experienced seeing a wide variety of different partner conglomerations. This includes closed, monogamous relationships; open relationships; and a variety of polyamorous configurations. I am also experienced in working with a variety of sexual activity preferences and kinks.

I help people with:

  • Communication difficulties
  • Difficulties with intimacy and sex
  • Approaches to parenting that are in conflict
  • Infertility issues and adoption
  • Parenting issues
  • Disagreements over money
  • Infidelity and affairs
  • Distance, detachment and alienation
Couple Therapy

It is not uncommon for one partner to initially be more inclined to get help than another. I will work with you as a couple to forge an alliance in which you can learn more about yourself as an individual and as someone in a partnership. Each individual in a relationship contributes to the overall dynamic. My role is not to take sides, but to help you reconnect with yourselves and with each other, for the sake of the relationship. In our work together I will give attention to patterns of communication and behavior that may interfere with your relationship. I will also address deep or long-lasting struggles that have been difficult to recognize and resolve.

Through the process of couple therapy, you may develop a more intimate and satisfying relationship, improved communication and collaboration in decision-making, deepened feelings of understanding for yourself and your partner, and more. Also, when separation is what is decided upon, couple therapy may lead to a healthier process of separation.