Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling


Marriage counseling can help you create a strong foundation that can go the distance. We love working with couples in all different stages of marriage.  Every couple struggles and seeking counseling sooner than later is the best gift and investment you can give your marriage. Learning early on how to handle the bumps, twist, and turns that come with marriage in healthy ways avoids the distance and coldness that create a roomate climate or possibly even divorce.


So, if any of these early warning signs apply to your situation. Let's schedule an appointment right away.

  1. Inability to resolve conflict in a healthy way.

  2. Depression.

  3. Lack of communication.

  4. Lack of sex drive.

  5. The needs of the other not being met (sex, communication, connection).

  6. Inability to compromise.

  7. Breakdown in communication.

  8. Confusion about the roles of each spouse in the marriage.

  9. Pornography.

  10. Deceit.

  11. Disagreement about parenting styles.

  12. Addictions.

  13. Dramatic change in interactional patterns.


Your marriage/relationship doesn’t have to end. There is hope!  So in your time together with the counselor you will unpack, explore and create an intimate partnership for the journey of life that is more than just great sex, but makes you feel known, connecting to your own heart and that of your spouses.

So what will our time look like together?  

Most recently I completed the Gottman Level 1 Training an emotion-focused, and highly effective couples approach based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of compelling research.  With the expectation to:

  • Give couples a report with personalized results of their relationship

  • Help couples learn to manage conflict,

  • Deepen friendship and intimacy,

  • Share their life purpose and dreams.

  • Gain new insights into their relationship

  • Practical interventions

  • Explore and clarify roles

  • Create rituals of connection on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis

  • Explore, create and establish health marital boundaries and guardrails

  • Discover each other’s love and apology language

  • Create realistic expectations surrounding routines, roles, parenting and marriage

  • Explore, learn and practice healthy communication

  • Identify and breakfree of unhealthy relationship patterns

  • Discover and implement the healthy dance of submission

  • Build on relationship strengths and improve areas of weakness

  • Enhance your love maps

  • Nature your fondness and admiration

  • See your partner as a friend, not an enemy

  • Enhance Trust

  • Deeper understanding of self and spouse

  • Learn how to communicate needs openly and clearly

  • Process and work through unresolved issues


Additional Resources for the Journey

Relationship Quizzes

The Relationship Quizzes blog column offers quizzes to help you assess the strengths in your relationship and identify areas that may need attention.

Note: These quizzes are intended to be psychoeducational. If you would like a full evaluation of your relationship, you can ask your therapist to invite you to complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup.


Or perhaps your marriage is not in need of that level of intensity and individuality that counseling brings.  Perhaps a couples workshop will be a perfect match.  Check back for more information about upcoming workshops.


Counseling Can Help!

We are passionate about the work that we do and are honored to come alongside you in your journey as a counselor, guide and teacher.  Helping you unpack everything and anything that hinders you, widening your perspective, and helping you have a solid sense of self.  We are confident in you and excited to experience with you the benefits that come with counseling.

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