Couples therapy is beneficial for any kind of relationship, whether partners are straight, gay, mixed-race, young, old, dating, engaged or married. For example, a recently engaged couple might find premarital counseling an invaluable opportunity to address relationship expectations prior to getting married. Another couple, together 25 years, might discover couples therapy is an effective way for them to regain a sense of excitement and romance in their relationship.
Couples therapy can resolve a current problem, prevent an exacerbation of problems or simply provide a “check-up” for a happy couple that is experiencing a period of transition or increased stress. Common areas of concern addressed in couples therapy include issues with money, parenting, sex, infidelity, in-laws, chronic health issues, infertility, gambling, substance use, emotional distance and frequent conflict.
I am committed to helping couples enact positive changes in their lives. I believe there are five basic principles of effective couples therapy:
1. Change the view of the relationship-different therapists will use different strategies, but as long as they focus on altering the way the relationship is understood, the couple can start to see each other, and their interactions, in more adaptive ways.
2. Modiify dysfunctional behavior-effective couples therapists attempt to change the way that the partners actually behave with each other. This means that in addition to helping them improve their interactions, therapists also need to ensure that their clients are not engaging in actions that can cause physical, psychological, or economic harm.
3. Decrease emotional avoidance-couples who avoid expressing their private feelings put themselves at greater risk of becoming emotionally distant and hence grow apart.
4. Improve communication-being able to communicate is one of the "three C's" of intimacy. All effective couples therapies focus on helping the partners to communicate more effectively.
5. Promote strengths-effective couples therapists point out the strengths in the relationship and build resilience particularly as therapy nears a close.
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching
LPC #60486 (Expires: 2021-11-01)
Best decision I ever made was too start counseling with Kristi OHair!
Exactly what I needed.
She listened to my concerns and issues about my problems. She gave me good advice. She understands what I’m going through.