Sustaining a healthy and joyful relationship can be a challenging task at times. Economic pressures, work-related demands, and extended family concerns can compete with family needs and expectations. Partners’ different ideas about relationships, as well as unresolved issues from the past, can also interfere with closeness. Open communication is at times more difficult than expected, especially when there is stress and tension in the relationship. All of these factors can result in significant relationship difficulties.
Therapists at the Center work with couples around the challenges they face as relationships grow and change over time. We view therapy as a collaborative process where the couple helps define their difficulties, identify their values and goals, and consider the possible effects on their relationship of such factors as race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, spirituality, and gender.
Some relationships come to an end; as such, we also work with divorcing and separating couples. For those who have children, we help them address the particular challenges of maintaining workable relationships and constructive parenting through the process and beyond.
Conjoint (couples) therapy is for couples at any stage of their relationship who are encountering difficulties which are compromising their effectiveness as partners.
Note: Health insurance policies typically do not cover marital/couples therapy.
- Kate Drinkwater, LMSW
- Douglas Ensor, Ph.D.
- Paul Estenson, Ph.D.
- Lori Lichtman, Psy.D.
- Ellen Barahal Taylor, Ph.D.
- Mary F. Whiteside, Ph.D.