When a couple contacts me for counseling I see it as a tremendous sign of strength. Relationships are complicated and as the years go by, people and relationships change. It can be a challenge understanding how to maintain a loving, supportive relationship as we age. Some of the challenges that may present themselves are medical diagnoses, one partner becoming a care-giver, loss of independence, shifting roles, change in libido, cognitive decline, and second marriages to name a few. This list is by no means complete. If you are looking to enrich your relationship through counseling here is what you can expect when you contract with me.
Our first contact will be a free 15 minute phone consult to ensure I am the correct therapist for you. I will ask for a brief, detailed description on what is going on in your relationship. You may also ask me any questions you may have about couples counseling. When it is decided I am a good fit for you, we will schedule our first 50 minute couple session. During this first session, I will gather information from both people; this includes intake paperwork. The remainder of the session will be you sharing your love story and challenges you are experiencing.
Towards the end of this session, I will schedule an individual session with each partner. The individual session allows for further exploration of the relationship. I am a “No Secrets” therapist. This means whatever you share with me may be brought into a future couples session with your knowledge and at my discretion. We will then meet again as a couple to map out what the course of therapy will look like, how long therapy may last and then we will begin. I look forward to meeting you!