Couple Therapy

Couples Therapy

Beth is a general couples therapist, as well as having specialized training in sex therapy. Beth’s approach to couples therapy is to look at both the dynamics that occur between the individuals as well as each individual’s traits and behaviors that are affecting the relationship. Most people who choose to be in a long-term intimate relationship want their partner to be trustworthy, reliable, and loving. Often, focusing only on addressing communication will do nothing to help create a relationship in which both people feel safe and loved. In order to be effective, Beth not only addresses how to engage in more successful communication; she also addresses and gives a plan for optimizing each individual’s positive  traits and decreasing reactive behaviors. Some examples of issues that can challenge a couple from having a trustworthy or satisfying relationship include:

  • Substance Abuse

  • ADHD or ADD

  • Depression or Anxiety

  • Anger Management Issues

  • Discrepancy in Sexual Desire

  • Discrepancy in Desire to Connect with More Emotion and Vulnerability

  • Discrepancy in proactiveness to engaging in work, joy, play, or what is meaningful

Beth uses a variety of modalities designed to successfully educate, heal resentments, and facilitate a formation of a new path moving forward for the couple. She uses Systems Theory, Mindfulness, and Differentiation processes to work with the couple, making it possible to build an intimate and trusting long-term relationship. Of note, Beth has found that most people in a long-term relationship want their spouse/partner to relate in a way that affirms that they are a supportive team. A positive, proactive, “we are a team,” attitude from each individual is often key to creating and maintaining relationship satisfaction.

Please know that at times, Beth must refer one or both of the individuals to a higher level of care if the issues are putting the client at risk for harm. For example, domestic violence, high-risk substance abuse, and suicidal ideation are sometimes best addressed first in inpatient or intensive outpatient therapy.