Couples therapy is a specialized discipline within the field of mental health counseling designed to help couples reconnect. Our therapists have received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, enabling us to work quickly and effectively with couples in distress. Conveniently located in North Portland, our mission help you and your partner create love and connection you deserve.
Areas of Practice
- Communication Problems
- Emotional Disconnection
- Sex/Intimacy Issues
- Affair Recovery
- Separation and Divorce
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Relationship Enrichment
Coming to therapy is not a sign your relationship is coming to an end.
Many clients feel that coming to couples counseling is a sign that their relationship is failing. This simply isn’t true! The strongest, most resilient couples invest in therapy early on in their relationship and continue whenever they hit the inevitable bumps in the road. We recommend scheduling an appointment for couples therapy as soon as you notice problems in your relationship.
How we help
Our approach to couples therapy follows three simple stages:
Repair what is broken
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your relationship
- Understand how your negative communication cycles are keeping you stuck
- Begin repairing the damage that caused by painful communication
Restore love and intimacy
- You are now fighting less and are healing from past emotional injuries
- Learn how to share your emotions, hopes, dreams, and needs with your partner
- Rebuild your sexual relationship
Enrich your relationship
- You have mastered effective communication and conflict management
- Focus on enriching your relationship to achieve your ideal emotional and sexual connection with your partner
Still not sure if Couples Therapy is for you?
Relationships are hard for all of us. We crave connection and intimacy with others, but struggle to maintain fulfilling relationships over time. In the beginning, our intimate relationships are filled with romance, desire, and love, but as time goes on, we begin to experience conflict, disconnection, and disappointment. Why does something that once felt great now feel so painful? We feel like it should not be this hard and often ask ourselves if the relationship that was once filled with love and joy is really meant to be. Can you relate to this experience? If so, rest assured that Couples Therapy can help you develop the passion and intimacy you desire.
What is couples therapy?
Couples therapy is a specialized discipline within the field of mental health counseling designed to help couples reconnect. Maegan has received intensive post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, enabling her to work quickly and effectively with couples in distress. To read more about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, click here.
What should I expect in a first session for couples therapy?
During the first session, we will discuss what brings you to couples counseling and explore what you’d like to change about your relationship. This is your first opportunity to share your story with your therapist and to ask your therapist any questions you have about the therapy process. We understand the anxiety clients feel as they begin the therapy process. Rest assured your therapist will guide you through the first session with compassion and understanding.
If I have marriage problems, is it too late or too soon for couples therapy?
There is never a bad time to begin couples therapy. From pre-marital counseling to impending divorce, we are confident we can help you navigate the complex relationship issues you are experiencing. We will develop a individualized treatment plan based on your unique needs and goals for couples therapy.
How do you choose an effective couples therapist?
Did you know that most counselors have received little training in treating couples? Love relationships are complex and we recommend finding a therapist who specializes in working with couples. Consider asking potential couples counselors the following questions: What percentage of your caseload is made up of couples? What kind of advanced training have you received in couples counseling? The answer to these questions should demonstrate the counselors advanced skills in working with couples in distress.
Is there a difference between a couples counselor and a couples therapist?
No – therapist and counselor are used interchangeable in the field of couples therapy.
What if I want to do couples therapy but my spouse is unwilling to come?
While we encourage both partners to attend the first couples counseling appointment, we understand it isn’t always possible given one person’s resistance to attending therapy. If you’re in this situation, please call us to speak with a therapist about your unique situation. We will discuss the best option for your situation. We are here to help you.
Ready to talk? We’re ready to listen.
Please note: In response to the public health crisis, we are currently seeing all clients via secure online video or phone sessions. We have expanded our schedules and are offering reduced fee appointments for those experiencing income loss due to office closures and lay-offs. We're here to help. Contact us for more information.
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