© 2019 by Robert Clarke MFT. CA License #91187

Couples Therapy. Marriage Counseling. Communication, Intimacy, Conflict. EMDR, Emergenetics. LGBTQ Affirming, Gay Friendly, Transgender Allied.  Burbank / Toluca Lake, CA.  *Click here for Client Portal*

Therapy for Couples

 

Are you feeling like you and your partner are no longer communicating well? Do you find yourself getting easily frustrated or annoyed? Does it seem like all you do is argue? Does it feel like something has changed but you can't figure what? Do you find that trying to make it better just makes it worse or makes you feel more distant?

Every relationship, no matter how good, goes through times that may be hard or frustrating or just blah. Sometimes the remedy is a matter of learning better communication or argumentation skills. Sometimes it's enough to know that your partner cares and also wants to make things work. Sometimes it helps to have a facilitator there for you and your partner to get through the tough conversations.

I work to help couples find solutions in a supportive and accepting environment. I want you to feel comfortable talking openly about your concerns and relationship struggles, without fear of judgment or blame. I want to help you find better ways to communicate, to have the hard discussions without fear of them turning into arguments, to feel listened to, and to know that you're on the same team.

I also find that just helping couples understand the differences between issues that are inherently part of their relationship and outside influences (such as work stress, cultural or family expectations, past relational history), can make a big difference.

 

Imagine what it would be like to know that your partner is listening and understanding, is interested in what you have to say, and that they care? Wouldn't it be nice to feel like you're on the same team, that your relationship is stronger than an argument? Please know that these things are possible.

The most common couples issues discussed in my practice are:

  • Communications problems

  • Conflict

  • Intimacy (emotional and physical)

  • Infidelity

  • Passion

  • Rebuilding trust

Therapy sessions with couples...

Sometimes it's useful for couples to meet less frequently (perhaps every-other week) for longer (80 minute) sessions. This gives you time to try out new behaviors in-between sessions. 

Sometimes couples need a facilitated discussion of a larger issue, such as whether they are staying together. I also see couples for double sessions (100 minutes) to discuss that kind of issue.

Please contact me to schedule a free consultation.