Couples Therapy

“… and they lived happily ever after.”

While we may get that this is a “fairy tale” ending, and that any relationship will require work and commitment, when our best efforts don’t deliver and the conflicts and injuries keep happening, it is natural to become frustrated and discouraged. Being in a relationship is challenging and will bring out our most primal fears and beliefs, along with associated behaviors we are surprised, hi-jacked and sometimes embarrassed by.

When working with a couple, Karen assists you in understanding, at a very core level, who you and your partner are and what you both need to feel safe, supported and nourished by the other. Karen utilizes the PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) modality, based upon attachment theory, arousal regulation and developmental neuroscience. Karen combines the latest relationship research with ancient ways of knowing what it means to be a human in relationship.  By learning to take care of each other, you can transform your relationship from one of miss attunements and battles to one that is kind, loving and secure functioning.

Our first session will be 3 hours, with subsequent sessions 1.5 to 2 hours. The longer time frame gives us enough time to work with the complex couple system and gives you an opportunity to actually experience different behaviors in session. When we have done something once, it makes it simpler to repeat. While PACT therapy is more time intensive up front, it often has a shorter duration over time.

Karen has successfully worked with couples around issues including infidelity, financial stress, communication, parenting, loss, addictions, household management, aging and sexuality.

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