I work with same-sex and opposite-sex couples, whether dating, cohabiting, or married; adult siblings, and parents and adult children.
Relationships can be the most profound and intimate experiences in one's life. Relationships can also be heartbreaking. Arguments, miscommunication, unhealthy expression of anger, and wounds from previous relationships can get in the way of the love, leaving you feeling alone, hopeless, stuck, sad and depressed. Furthermore, occupational, family, financial, health, and other life and environmental stressors can complicate and strain your relationship.
Biracial, Queer and Unconventional Relationships
People in biracial, queer and other types of relationships face even greater challenges as societal and cultural norms and family expectations complicate the partnership. The lack of understanding and support from family, friends, and community can place greater pressure on your relationship. I help couples learn to support each other and work together to explore and manage cultural, family and personal expectations and obligations, and integrate and honor each other’s identities and values.
I help people recognize unhealthy relationship patterns. I help people communicate their needs, feelings and boundaries. I teach people how to negotiate and navigate their relationship to establish and enhance connection and intimacy, so the relationship blooms. The relationship becomes resilient to the problems of daily life.
As couples contemplate marriage or living together, I help them define a vision for their lives together. I help them develop emotional resilience, so they are able to "roll-with-the-punches" and are able to bounce back more easily during stressful and challenging circumstances. I teach them how to negotiate and maintain flexibility as needs and expectations will continue to evolve throughout the course of the relationship. I provide them with the tools to solve problems and stay connected in times of stress.