Counseling Can Enhance Your Relationships—And Your Life
It isn’t easy to express deep longings and hidden fears, but counseling is a safe space to explore. Under my guidance in therapy, you can reflect on the relationships you have with your loved ones and how to repair areas of injury, rupture, or disconnection.
Unlike couples therapy, relationship counseling is done individually between one client and their therapist. In my experience, intimate relationships can improve tremendously when one partner is willing to work on creating a more loving, fulfilling connection. Think of it as “couples therapy for one,” in which I can be your individual ally and support system as you work through your most pressing relationship issues.
What To Expect In Sessions
You get to lead the way in therapy. Depending on what you bring to the counseling space, we will work together to identify the underlying experiences and core emotions driving your behaviors. Oftentimes, such insights come from early attachment experiences and dynamics with parents/caregivers that have shaped your self-perception.
While awareness of the past is essential to make progress in counseling, it will be extremely helpful to identify how past patterns play out now. As I learn more about your history, we will use current examples within your relationship(s) to determine how early experiences have influenced certain dynamics and behaviors.
This approach stems from psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories. In other words, as a therapist, I believe that the relational templates internalized by my clients throughout childhood are key to understanding, not only how my clients have been impacted by their relationships, but also how they themselves contribute to the interpersonal dynamics at play in their lives. Attachment-based perspectives give clients an opportunity to be accountable for their role in relationships and develop empathy for others.
As new neural pathways are created in the brain through meaningful reflection and relational pattern-change, unhealthy tendencies can be replaced by new, healthier behaviors. As a result, you’re more likely to feel deeply connected and able to maintain lasting relationships. Instead of feeling panicked, anxious, or uncomfortable as problems arise, you’ll learn to commit to the healthy relationship dynamic you’ve created in the counseling space.