San Francisco Couples and Marriage Counseling
Traditional and Alternative Relationships
Are you experiencing increased anger and conflict, an inability to resolve differences, difficulty recovering from an affair, sexual problems, concern that your relationship is not what is used to be, or feelings that your needs aren’t being met? Do you wish to do pre-marital counseling to identify and address differences before they become problematic or interfere with your relationship? Working with a psychotherapist will help you address these problems.
You may feel stuck and are having difficulty with hearing your partner’s perspective, negotiating differences, navigating life transitions (parenting, infertility, illness, loss, financial, career), facing sexual problems, managing intense negative emotions, identifying who you want to be in your relationship, or addressing guilt or worry about particular behaviors.
Couples therapy provides a neutral space to safely explore difficulties in your relationship, where a better understanding of each partner’s desires, feelings, and behaviors will help to identify the ways to make changes. It takes time to sift through and discover the many ways you relate to each other, and the impact this has on yourself and your relationship. In the process of exploration, a deeper awareness of what does and doesn’t work in your relationship will emerge, so that the goals of therapy can be defined more clearly.
I work with people in straight, LGBTQ, and alternative relationships to understand what may be causing the difficulties, and find ways to improve or address these issues. My style is interactive, direct, and practical. I will collaborate with you to create a safe, non-judgmental space to explore the issues that affect your relationship, working towards understanding your experience and needs, helping you to practice new ways to manage your emotions, so as to reduce conflict and increase intimacy. In developing your goals for therapy, I will respectfully ask thoughtful questions while observing how you relate to your partner in order to find ways to deal honestly with what is not working. The goal is to increase your understanding of each other’s perspective and promote a deeper understanding of what may be hindering the development of a more satisfying relationship.
If you have questions or would like to set up an initial consultation session, please contact me at 415.401.7180.
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