Pelationship psychotherapy in Berkeley for couples & more
I am not currently accepting new couples in my practice. Please call me to find out more, or for referrals.
I work with all kinds of family constellations, including open family models, parent-child relationships, and couples. Call me to find out how I can help you navigate these connections.
I work with couples fresh in their relationships who are wishing to build a solid foundation of communication, as well as premarital couples who are feeling anticipation for the future, and wish to "air the laundry" before marriage in a safe, professional space.
I also work with seasoned couples wanting to continue deepening their connection and intimacy.
And I work with couples who may be experiencing a life transition that feels like too much for the relationship to bear.
Just like individuals, relationships have a life cycle, including transitions, phases, and renewals. Couples therapy can help identify where you feel stuck, and where you can find reconnection and healing. Some of the many challenges that face intimate relationships hinge on trust, patterns of attachment learned in your family of origin, setting boundaries and accepting limits, hearing and being heard, financial communication and conflict, and individuals growing at different rates than the relationship is equipped to handle.
Add to this the stress of children, elder care, personal illness, or betrayal of trust, and partners can find themselves with deep wounds that need tending to.
As with individual therapy, I will work with you to identify areas where you have learned to cope with challenges in your relationships using tools that may no longer serve you. I use a relational style to maintain a safer space to approach topics and emotional experiences that may not feel possible to do on your own.
Couples therapy is best done as an adjunct to individual therapy. If either or both partners are not concurrently in individual therapy, I may suggest that to you based on what we find as we learn more about your attachment styles and what kinds of trauma you have experienced that we find showing up in the relationship.