Couples and families

I work with traditional and “non-traditional” families, including married and unmarried couples with or without children, adoptive parents, multi-generational households, and single moms and dads. Being involved in a local church gives me another perspective to work with as well.

Remember, I can possibly come to you no matter where you live.

My counseling work with couples and families goes to the heart of common relationship issues and concerns through focusing on three key areas: 1) promoting effective relationship communication, 2) strengthening healthy attachment in relationships 3) examining relevant relationship patterns (eg. family dynamics). An initial emphasis is placed on creating a sense of safety and respect, while each member is supported in “being real” and participating with authenticity. We simultaneously clarify purpose and establish direction for the work that we will do together in coming sessions.

Counseling with couples and families tends to begin rapidly and to proceed with greater intensity than in individual therapy. Consequently, significant progress can often happen in weeks or months, rather than months or years. I typically see couples and families weekly or every two weeks. Changes that can often occur after several months are:

  • Clearer, More Honest and Heartfelt Communication

  • Less “Stuckness” in Family Relationships

  • Warmer and More Satisfying Connections

  • More Realistic Expectations of One Another

  • Healthier Boundaries

  • Greater Appreciation for the Challenges of Close Relationships

  • More Productive Conflict and Ability to Navigate Differences

  • Increased Ability to Work Together Towards Shared Goals

  • Improvement in Problematic Behaviors

  • Greater Feelings of Trust, Hope, Aliveness, and Gratitude

If you are wondering if couples or family therapy may be right for you, I encourage you to give me a call 360-280-9227 for a free initial phone consultation. I would be happy to address concerns you may have or answer any questions about how the process of couples and family therapy “works.