Would you like a stronger and more emotionally fulfilling relationship?

Does your relationship need repairing?

Are you interested in resolving conflicts and differences in a way that enhances your connection?

Couples Counseling in Santa Monica, CA

Every healthy relationship has conflict

I see conflict as an opportunity

Despite what you’ve probably heard all your life, conflict is good. Every healthy relationship has conflict because the very nature of relationships breed conflict; no two people agree on everything all the time. It’s the avoidance of conflict, problems with how we recover from distress, or how we address conflict and deal with it, which causes strife in relationships. As your marriage and family therapist, I will work with you and your partner to address this relationship reality.

I see every conflict as an opportunity. In our couples counseling sessions we’ll explore whether arguments that trigger strong emotional responses are rooted in needs that have gone unmet or boundaries that have been crossed. As human beings we all want to feel safe, respected, and valued. Many fights couples have arise when one partner feels unsafe, disrespected, or unvalued.

In my work with couples I draw from my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a technique developed by Sue Johnson that emphasizes bonding and attachment, and from Gottman Institute co-founder John Gottman’s award winning work on marital stability. These research-proven strategies reduce the possibility of anyone feeling like the “bad guy” when resolving conflict. We’ll work collaboratively to explore your emotions, develop empathy and understanding, and to reduce negativity in your relationship. The result: a deeper connection and increased intimacy between you and your partner.


“If you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far, walk together.

– African Proverb

A couple with a marriage and family therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore passive-aggression in detail and look at its sources.

I’ll introduce eight keys to helping those with passive-aggressive tendencies find new ways to relate to their anger and to express their needs and feelings more directly.

Passive Aggressive Workshop

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I look forward to helping you work towards the fulfillment and balance you deserve. 

Please contact me for a free phone consultation.

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