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.

  • Inability to resolve conflict in a healthy way.

  • Depression.

  • Lack of communication.

  • Lack of sex drive.

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

  • Inability to compromise.

  • Breakdown in communication.

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

  • Pornography.

  • Deceit.

  • Disagreement about parenting styles.

  • Addictions.

  • 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.  

Which Season Of Marriage Are You In?

Proactive Couples: Laying a Strong Foundation

 It's shortly after the fun of the ceremony and honeymoon when you start to sit a little deeper in your marriage.  Or perhaps you have a couple of years under your belt and you feel the love diminishing between the two of you just a bit.  It's nothing serious but you don't want to lose your best friend.  You don't want to be like your parents, or neighbors or friends that are getting a divorce.  You want to have a strong marriage that goes the distance but you realize at the same time you need some foundational skills in order to make it through.  

Inattentive Couples: It's Time to Reconnect

Perhaps your marriage is far past the honeymoon stage and you guys are just on auto-polit moving through the day to day routine without any thought to the distance that is growing between you guys slowly.  You are not entertaining divorce in the slightest bit, but you have decided that it's time to reinvest in the marriage, in your relationship and each other. You deserve a soft reset in order to get everything back on track.

Distressed Couples: Both or One of You are Ready to Give Up

 You're not positive when it happened but all of a sudden you don’t recognize the person sleeping next to you or perhaps you don’t remember the last time your spouse even slept next to you.  It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to think that this is what your marriage has become. You ask yourself is this what it’s supposed to be now, living in a loveless marriage? What happened to the fun, the happiness we experienced in the beginning of our marriage or for that matter when we were dating?  This can’t be my marriage. This must be a bad dream that I’m going to wake up from at any moment.

Healing from Trauma and Affairs: Marriage 201

Specialized treatment using the research-based Gottman Method approach for treating couples impacted by affairs and trauma.  

 

An unbiased roadmap to compassionately serving you and providing hope to you guys as you struggle to rebuild a collapsed Sound Relationship House. 

 

Treating Trauma

Using a therapeutic approach that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

 

Treating Affairs

Learn and use tools that create trust and commitment within your relationship.

 

Using the “Atone, Attune, and Attach” model for treating affairs. This model provides an unbiased approach that compassionately serves both partners as you struggle to rebuild a collapsed marriage. As a couple you will be empowered to not only rebuild your relationship, but also create immunity from future betrayals. 

Couple Hugging

The Gottman Method

Couples Therapist Yvette McDonald uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her therapy work. 

The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970’s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes “nuts-and-bolts” approach to improving clients’ relationships.

 

Yvette offer's couple counseling techniques based on the Gottman method which includes:

Some couples struggle with SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES which contribute to their situation such as:​

  • Step family issues

  • Extra-marital affairs

  • PTSD

  • Addiction

  • Challenging relationship due to both or one partners having ADHD or emotional issues such as depression or anxiety

 

Yvette specialize's in helping couples overcome those difficulties and find a greater sense of satisfaction in their lives and relationships.

Contact us today to get started. 

Variations

For those desiring Christian Couples Counseling we will add the disciplines of faith that pull from biblical teaching.  Including elements such as:

  • Prayer

  • Use of scripture be it either read or referenced

  • Assigned Bible Studies, reading and retreats (I offer Right Now Media an Online Bible Study resource)

  • Explanation on how to integrate Christian truths and values into the marital relationship

 

For those that are in a Blended Marriage/Remarriage everything will be filtered through the complexities and uniquenesses that come from that situation covering topics such as:

  • Creating a remarriage that will last

  • Exploring the key qualities of happy remarriages

  • Exploring issues of communication, sexuality, and spiritually (if your coming for Christian Counseling) as it pertains to a remarriage

  • Children and parenting: Step Children, The ‘Us’ child

  • Successfully navigating thru the co-parenting relationship

  • Remarriage finances: Yours, Mine, Ours

Additional Resources for your 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.

NOT LOOKING FOR COUPLES COUNSELING JUST YET?

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.

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