marriage counseling naples florida

marriage counseling (Naples, florida | Online)

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • You have the same fight over and over, never getting anywhere
  • Minor grievances turn into conflict
  • You fear your relationship can’t move forward after infidelity or loss
  • Lack of intimacy leaves you feeling more like roommates than spouses
  • You feel ignored, criticized, unimportant, or disrespected
  • You carry resentment for all your unappreciated efforts over the years

If any of these resonate, marriage counseling might be for you.

Sometimes conflict or distance in relationships becomes so painful, it’s hard to even imagine things ever changing, and ever being able to truly move forward.

Ignoring problems or pain won’t make them go away. It will actually make issues worse, creeping into the mundane day to day experiences that once offered joy and connection (you used to enjoy nights at home together, and now you both would rather stay at work late).

Maybe you have experienced a crisis and know you need support right away. Or maybe you have been teetering on the fence of therapy for a while, unsure of when the best time to start would be or how marriage communication counseling could actually help you change anything.

I’m here to tell you there is another way. Wherever you are right now, the choice to do something different (or to stay the same) is in your hands. Marriage therapy is a place to process, heal, and actually move forward in a productive way.

how A marriage Counselor can help

Uniting in marriage is one of the most meaningful experiences life here on Earth can offer us. There is no getting around the human need for connection to trusted people in our lives, and marriage provides a medium to meet that need, while continuing to grow and evolve together over time.

The more you love something (or someone) the more painful it is when you feel you start to lose the essence of it. The natural way you once connected to your partner.

The reality is, marriages require hard work. Intertwining two individual’s communication styles, habits, past histories, and wounds together is bound to create challenges and complexity. At times, conflict is inevitable.

Yet, we sometimes place an unrealistic expectation on ourselves and our partner. We think that we should be able to figure out relationship conflict and communication breakdown on our own, without any guidance or tools.

Operating from that frame of belief, thinking we don’t need or deserve expert guidance, we remain stuck in our ways of being, shutting ourselves and marriages out of the potential growth, change, and healing that lay just on the other side of asking for help.

Marriage therapy can completely transform your relationship. It’s a chance to put the weapons down and approach your problems in an organized way, supported and guided by a neutral party.

Because this third person (i.e. your marriage therapist) is not part of your marriage or your life outside therapy in any way, they are uniquely positioned to offer you a truly objective experience and perspective of your relationship, one that almost no one else in your life can offer.

This expanded perspective is one that accounts for both partner’s positions, emotions, and experiences- all of which are necessary for true change to occur.

You’ll work on sorting through the issues that have been on your mind for years. You also might be surprised at other topics that rise to the surface as you explore together that you never realized had been holding you back.

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I believe full-heartedly in the transformative power of marriage counseling, a belief that continues to be affirmed by my own personal and professional experiences. I see couples move through therapy so that at the end, they’ve not only addressed the issue at hand, but they have grown an understanding and connection to one another they never had before.

The key prerequisite to any life-changing transformation? Hard work. Marriage communication counseling is a journey that requires commitment, intentional thought, and openness to a new perspective. It is not magic, automatic, or passive.

Over the course of marriage therapy, you’ll experience a range of emotions- frustration, confusion, sadness, pain, joy, connection, peace. All of it is expected, welcome, and normal.

Working through these complex and difficult issues in couples therapy is one of the most challenge and most rewarding journeys in a couple’s story. You are worth it to each other.

Each session, though we will get into the details of your communication patterns, will be guided by a broader strategic roadmap through the Emotionally Focused Marriage Therapy.

This model has been proven to move 70-75% of couples from distress to recovery, and to create improvements in 90% of couples in therapy. I have completed advanced training in the model and due to the cited benefits, in conjunction with my alignment in my view of how change happens, I conduct sessions using these techniques.

Therapy is customized for every couple. Generally, the treatment structure looks like this:

  • Session 1- Intake appointment to discuss problems + goals for therapy
  • Sessions 2 + 3- Therapist meets with each partner individually
  • Sessions 4 + forward- Conjoint couples sessions working toward goals such as:
  • Communicate better
  • Identify patterns in fights
  • Rebuild trust
  • Reconnect and find intimacy
  • Build new communication styles
  • Later in treatment- discuss goals of termination + maintenance plan

You will also leave with a fresh, effective way of communicating with and understanding of one another to prevent disconnection through life’s twists and turns in the future.

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Anyone who has been married can attest to the fact that the health of our marriage affects all of life- our ability to focus at work, our own mental health, stress, physical health, quality of parenting, and our overall satisfaction.

Counseling is often the most important investment we will ever make, and the costs of not addressing relationship distress are often very high (divorce, custody issues, illness, etc.).

It’s really normal to have a wide range of emotions when going through something as painful and difficult as strain in your marriage.

Those emotions (depression, anxiety, hopelessness) can come up persistently or when we least expect it, and they are a sign that it is time to take action- to reconnect, understand one another’s perspectives, and decide how you will move forward.

I like to tell couples that often, this means “saying goodbye” to the relationship you once had, and starting a new one with even more intimacy and joy.

While there are no guarantees on where therapy will take you, my services are for couples where both partners are willing to participate in the process and work toward rebuilding the relationship.

Yes. Empirical research shows that generally, clinical therapeutic techniques are as impactive when administered in a virtual format as when they occur in a face-to-face format.

Many of my clients enjoy unique benefits of working online:

  • More privacy
  • Convenience and lower time commitment
  • Communication patterns learned translate more easily outside therapy

All you need is privacy, a device, and stable internet connection.

I’m facilitating connection between you and your partner. I can implement all my interventions through the screen. Since we are working on the closeness and connection between partners, I strongly recommend partners attend therapy from the same location.

Due to the cited benefits of telehealth, all of our regular therapy appointments are conducted online from the comfort of your home.

It’s completely understandable to have preferences on a provider based on factors like their age, gender, or marital status. These preferences usually come from a desire to be seen and understood by a therapist with whom you are sharing so much of your personal life. The sense of feeling seen and understood is extremely important part of therapeutic success.

With that being said, I have had a wide range of experiences in my own life, family, marriage, profession, and relationships, some of which have led me to therapy of my own. I might be able to relate specifically to your situation, and I might not. Usually, even if I can’t relate to the context or details in your life, I can relate to some aspect of the emotional experience.

My intake process includes a free introductory call before scheduling an intake session. This call will give you a chance to assess whether you think we could be a good fit and give you a chance to ask any questions you have.

While I strive to bring my own humanity into sessions, as a marriage therapist, I draw on evidence-based models of treatment in session.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy Training:

  • 4-Day EFT Externship (ICEEFT)
  • Graduate Capstone Dissertation – EFT with a couple managing grief and loss
  • Graduate Practicum EFT Track (weekly consultation and supervision)
  • Core Skills (Ackerman Institute in New York, ICEEFT)
  • EFT Weekly Supervision (ICEEFT Trainer, ongoing)

Before becoming a marriage counselor in Naples, Florida, I worked in various corporate and management roles in the finance industry in New York City. I draw on some of those skills and experiences as a therapist more than I ever would have predicted!

Here is what you can expect from the intake process:

Start by filling out the form below or click here to schedule a 15 minute consultation.

  • We will have a consult call to discuss your needs for and questions about treatment
  • If we’re a good fit, I will onboard you as a client and we will schedule our first session
  • You’ll log into my online system, create a profile, and complete intake paperwork
  • The day of session, you will log in a few minutes before the designated start time, and we will begin

If you struggle with relationship stress and live in Florida, our marriage counseling services can guide you in finding more peace, satisfaction, and connection. Contact me to get started.