We are hardwired to connect with others.
It's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives..."- Brene Brown
We are all seeking connection, with ourselves and with one another. Not only is connection a survival mechanism -- right alongside food, sleep and shelter -- but it's also what helps us to live lives of purpose and joy.
Relationships, however, can be complicated. It's hard enough to understand our own thoughts and feelings, let alone someone else's. Expectations can be mismatched and miscommunications can lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Power struggles can often make you feel like you're stuck on the same old hamster wheel. Sometime, you can even recognize the dysfunctional patterns, but can't seem to stop repeating them.
Whether you are a couple seeking support through a rough patch or someone experiencing difficulty with a child, family member, or friend, you don't have figure it out on your own.
My approach to relationships helps you to learn to honor your unique self in relationship with others. We work on your individual needs -- forming healthy boundaries, effective communication, self-care -- as well as developing a deeper knowledge of how to approach others with empathy and understanding without sacrificing yourself.
My work with couples is highly influence by the Gottman Method, Imago Therapy and the work of Esther Perel. I often use the Gottman Relationship Check-up, an assessment that highlights a couples' strengths and areas of opportunity, as part of my services. Together, we approach sessions as a team, working together toward common goals established by the couple. Imago Therapy teaches us that people are attracted to each other in order to provide opportunities for healing. Conflict, instead of something to fear, can become a chance to better understand yourself and your partner. With this in mind, we develop a plan where each individual can learn to grow alongside one another and build lives of meaning and purpose.
I invite you to schedule a complimentary 20-minute consultation to learn more about how I can help.