The Relationship Expert
Licensed Psychologist in Arroyo Grande & Los Osos
Couples who see me for counseling won’t just learn new communication skills. Those can certainly help for a time. But stopping there addresses the symptom, while neglecting the problem. The result is that couples are likely to need to come back to counseling again later when a new symptom arises.
If you are feeling estranged from your partner, with Emotionally Focused Therapy we will get to the root of what is keeping you from feeling emotionally safe in your relationship. The two of you can start to truly understand one another on a deeper level.
That includes how you manage conflict, but it also means you get to start rebuilding a relationship of trust. You, as a couple, start finding ways to say, “I’m excited about your hopes for the future,” and, “No matter what happens, I’ve got your back.”
Here are some ways I help couples:
No matter what couples are facing in their relationship, I work with them where they are at. It’s my goal for them to experience 3 big payoffs from couples counseling.
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Many engaged couples have “surprise issues” waiting for them after they tie the knot. In premarital counseling, we discover what those areas are and what you can do about it.
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The ability to connect and be understood is so important for married couples. In marriage counseling, we explore how you can experience a safe and secure bond.
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For a parent, to watch your child go through a tough time—it can be excruciating. If that’s true for you, I want to hear about it. I also want to hear about you.
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When two families come together, it may feel less like families blending and more like families colliding. There are two issues that hit blended families especially hard.
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If the two of you are watching your intimacy erode, there can be a variety of reasons. When it comes to sex, trust is every bit as important as desire.
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It’s fine if your loved one isn’t ready for counseling. By changing your part of the dynamic in your relationship, you set in motion opportunities for new growth.
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“Going through the process and having her support changed the way I was thinking…I think everyone’s needs are different but I also think that Dr. Lisa is willing to meet people right where they are.” Read more…