Long term relationships are very difficult to maintain. Normal life stresses can cause chaos and bring out deep rooted patterns that negatively impact one another. Couples generally settle into a comfortable relationship, but often take each other for granted. The security of knowing that a partner is there can be comforting, but also needs to be prioritized. I often find that couples forget to make themselves important. They generally deal well as parents, are effective in the workplace, and have many friendships, but they neglect one another. Relationships need to be nurtured. That requires time and attention.
Normal life transitions like the birth of a baby, the death of an elderly parent, empty nest, etc. can be very stressful. Couples don’t always support one another as well as they could, as fears and anxieties get in the way. I specialize in working with stressful transitions with couples and families, enabling them to share deeper feelings and understand the dynamics of their relationships. I teach couples new ways to communicate and connect and repair old wounds.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with many different families and couples. I work with traditional as well as alternative families. I have experience with straight as well as lesbian and gay couples and families. I have worked with single parent families, inter-racial families, adoptive and blended families. I have helped three parent families navigate their path. Every family has its unique qualities and I aim to build on their strengths with respect for their differences.