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Couples Program

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While every relationship is unique, they all experience ups and downs. Many relationships end prematurely because couples are not aware of the natural ebb and flow of a healthy relationship. Couples can get stuck in unhealthy patterns and struggle to find a way out. Couples Counseling or Marriage Counseling can help you to understand how those patterns develop, and how to take the action required to successfully navigate those challenging times. When you are looking for a marriage counselor, it is important that you find someone who has specific training in working with couples. Only 12% of therapists and counselors have specialized training in couples therapy, yet 80% report that they work with couples.

My training is specific to understanding the dynamics in relationships, allowing me to recognize and intervene in the unhealthy patterns, and then helping couples to establish healthy habits. I utilize the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, which is based on 40 years of research and clinical practice helping couples achieve greater understanding, connection, and intimacy in their relationships.  By gathering empirical data from more than 3,000 couples, the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy has been proven to help couples achieve long-term healthy relationships.

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The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy helps couples:

  • Increase respect, affection, and closeness
  • Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm

I am also excited to exclusively offer the Gottman Relationship Checkup for couples in the Fargo/Moorhead area! The assessment consists of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust. It also explores parenting, housework, finances, and other known areas of potential conflict.  This assessment provides valuable information for both pre-marital couples and for couples who feel stuck in a relationship rut. 

Reasons Couples Seek Therapy:

  • Pre-Marital/Pre-Commitment 
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Pre-Divorce/Discernment Counseling
  • Controlled Separation
  • Transition to Parenthood
  • Co-Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Infidelity/Affairs
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Secret Keeping

I work with couples in any relationship status, at all stages. From pre-committed to married, I have experience and training unique to the area. I look forward to getting to know you and your relationship!