Looking for Couples Counseling in Austin?

I see a variety of couples' issues in my office:

  1. Couples having a lot of conflict and fights
  2. Couples that have grown apart and feel emotionally distant
  3. Couples who want to heal from infidelity or other betrayals in the relationship
  4. Dating or engaged couples moving towards more committed relationships or marriage
  5. Divorcing couples who want to learn to co-parent more effectively
  6. Individuals with relationship difficulties (significant others, parents, friends)

I provide Gottman Method couples therapy based on the findings of three decades of research on more than 3,000 couples conducted by John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington. The foundation for this approach is articulated in Gottman’s books, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail. Gottman Method therapy is the only couples therapy approach that is based on observations of what actual, happy couples do in real life to stay that way.

To begin the process, each partner will complete a set of on-line assessments which will identify your strengths as a couple and the areas for improvement in your relationship.  The therapy will then target those identified areas for improvement, and any other issues you may want to address.  These areas for improvement generally fall into three categories:

  1. the quality of your friendship (how well do you know each other’s current worlds, do you like and admire each other, and how do you turn toward each other?),
  2. the regulation of conflict (do you have the skills to resolve your solvable problems and cope with your perpetual problems?), and
  3. supporting one another’s individual dreams and nurturing shared goals (does the marriage support each spouse’s life dreams and what dreams are you creating together as a couple?).

I will help you learn and practice new relationship skills, challenge ineffective attitudes, and build more positive feelings into your relationship.  We will also work together to solve underlying problems in the relationship and to accept the ones that cannot be changed. I will also teach you a method of processing underlying resentments from past events that may be undermining the quality of your relationships.  Gottman therapy is designed to be short-term; four months is a reasonable expectation to see improvement in your relationship. If you are seeking couples therapy in Austin and would like to experience a research- and predominantly skills-based approach, please call me to set up your initial session.

Call 512-689-7105 for an appointment today!