COUPLES AND MARRIAGE COUNSELING IN SARASOTA
People in relationships seek counseling for any number of reasons, from power struggles and communication problems, to sexual dissatisfaction and infidelity.
Recent research confirms that many couples wait an average of six years before seeking help when issues first begin to surface. Our culture gives us messages that seeking help means we have failed. Another prevalent message is that you must be with the wrong person if you are struggling. This usually is not the case. All couples experience relationship challenges and receiving help means you care about your relationship. Relationships are a journey and you can learn to change course and build a love that can last a lifetime.
In couples counseling, the relationship is the focus, although each partner should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness. The major aim of therapy is increasing your knowledge about yourself, your partner and the patterns of interaction between you. Therapy becomes effective as you apply new knowledge to break ineffective patterns and begin develop better ones.
I work with all manner of relationship issues including recovery from affairs, blended families, parenting challenges, lack of intimacy, controlling behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, and pre-martial counseling.