Adults usually seek psychological treatment when confronted with troubling or traumatic situations in their lives or the lives of loved ones. Relationship turmoil, work changes, and serious accidents and illness are examples of events that may become crises, especially in an age when our society’s communal structures are no longer equipped to provide personal support.
After containing an initial crisis, people may begin to ask deeper questions about being and identity: “Is this all there is in life?” “Who am I after all?” “What must I do with my life?” Our practice focuses on these questions as a starting point for the exploration of the inner soul life.
Just as crises may lead us to seek psychological help, so may long-term conflicts surrounding our committed relationships or marriages.
Our couple and family therapy explores how attentive listening to one’s partner or spouse, along with healthy self-expression, balances the needs for closeness and separateness. We also address the differences in how women and men experience the seasons in long-term relationships and marriage. Understanding these differences can aid in working through conflicts and supporting individual choices for each partner while preserving their commitment to their relationship.