Couples Therapy

You go to the doctor when you are experiencing pain in your body. Don’t wait until the pain is so severe in your relationship to get help. 

Deciding to come to couple’s therapy can be a big, overwhelming decision. But I promise it’s worth it.

I help couples improve their communication, argue more effectively, and enjoy each other more. I work with couples who are married, dating, cohabiting, or any other type of arrangement. Healthy couples and dysfunctional couples both benefit immensely from counseling. 

Is couples counseling right for us?

It is helpful to enlist the help and guidance of a professional whenever you can’t find the solutions to the problems you have, you are going through a difficult transition as a couple, or you want to improve intimacy or communication patterns in your relationship.

Should my partner and I be in individual counseling or come together?

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. While couples work is primarily done together, there may be times I would want to see each partner individually. After our couples work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I would work with only one of you. It is not always helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues. Let’s discuss if this is right for you.

Want to discuss if couples counseling is right for you and your partner? Let’s chat. 

Here are some of the couples I tend to work with:

Couples Therapy for Couples in Addiction and Addiction Recovery 

Both partners in a couple are affected by addiction, even if only one person in the couple is addicted. Research shows that couples counseling can help with addiction, as well as the relationship problems.

As a therapist, I view addiction as a family disease. I work with couples where one partner is addicted or the couple is currently in addiction recovery. The therapeutic process is often focused on repairing old wounds, creating new communication patterns, working on enabling, setting new boundaries, and creating a new normal in recovery.

Clients lives are changed dramatically throughout active addiction and in recovery. It can be difficult to acknowledge and admit to relationship problems, but the greatest healing can come from a couple working through their relationship problems together.  This includes facing up to patterns of lies and secrecy, acknowledging and healing from current or past affairs, seeking and granting forgiveness, and ending patterns of abuse. You and your partner will work together to create a new life based on recovery and trust.

Could you benefit from couples therapy for addiction? Set up a free phone consult now. 

Couples Therapy for Chronic Illness and Caregivers 

When a partner, child, or parent is diagnosed with an illness, a couple’s relationship is often impacted dramatically. One person may take on the duties of caregiving, while the other is processing a new diagnosis. Or perhaps you are dealing with caring for an elderly parent or a chronically ill child. These circumstances can lead to issues with intimacy, communication, distribution of household labor, and finances.

Whitney helps couples facing a wide variety of chronic illness find their new normal as a couple. The therapeutic process is often focused on creating new communication patterns, processing emotional reactions to the illness, developing both togetherness and independence in the relationship, and learning how to utilize your own internal strengths and resources to address interpersonal problems or medical complications. You and your partner will learn how to manage an illness and caregiver duties, while having a fulfilling and positive relationship.

Could you benefit from couples therapy for chronic illness? Set up a free, 15 minute phone consult now.