I treat a wide spectrum of couples and their problems. What I have observed in my years of practice is that some of the following are frequently common among many couples who are experiencing distress:
What I will do to help is to listen carefully to both partners and help both partners define their particular areas of concern. I will then help the couple to develop a mutual agenda for therapy and assist them in staying focused on what both have agreed upon are important problems in the relationship. Finally sometimes couples argue about day to day issues (e.g., chores, money, intimacy, etc.), and while these are important, the resulting conflict may reflect more basic emotional needs and/or expectations that are not being met. If I sense this, I will help the couple to address emotional issues that are blocking their ability to resolve concerns centering around daily tasks of living.
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