Are you not getting along with your partner and don’t know what to do?
Many couples experience challenges in relationships and are not able to find resolutions. Couples can develop resentment when relational issues aren’t resolved early on and end up feeling helpless and hopeless about their relationship. If you are in distress and looking to connect with your partner, I am here to help. You can call me directly by clicking this number 1-(323)487-9003 for a free phone consult or you can send me an email by clicking here.
What is the treatment modality I use in couples work?
I specialize in treating couples, interracial couples and LGBTQ couples in particular. I have been trained in a treatment modality for couples called “Emotionally Focused Therapy” (EFT) and currently in my multi-year EFT certification training process. I have treated and continue to treat many couples in distress in my practice and have seen significant positive changes in couples that help create and hold a safe, secure and lasting relational bond with one another.
I am a member of the following associations:
Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
The International Centre for Excellence of Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)?
EFT is a structured approach for couples focused on adult attachment and bonding. EFT was founded by Dr. Sue Johnson in 1980 to expand therapists’ understanding of couples who are in relational distress. According to the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), “research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.” For more information on EFT research, please click on the link above and see the EFT Research Menu.
EFT is used not only in treating couples but also individuals and families. EFT for Couples is a treatment modality that help couples identify their negative “interactional dances/cycles” that trigger certain negative responses from each partner, help couples deepen their understanding of these “interactional dances/cycles” and responses, help couples create new and positive “interactional dances/cycles, deepen their understanding of their emotions and help couples use their emotions as a guide in creating secure ways of relating with one another. The goal of EFT treatment is for couples to move away from insecure attachment styles to secure attachment styles.
Pre-marital counseling services:
I also offer pre-marital counseling services to all couples who are considering a long-term commitment such as marriage. Typically, the goal of pre-marital counseling is focused on identifying and addressing any potential areas of conflict in a relationship early on, before those issues become serious concerns.
It will teach you and your fiancé effective strategies for discussing and resolving conflicts and help both of you understand the expectations you have about marriage and address any significant differences in a safe and neutral environment.
In pre-marital counseling sessions, topics like finances, children, religious/spiritual beliefs and intimacy are the main areas where many couples experience challenges. Couples can also develop communication and conflict resolution skills and address any fears they might have about marriage, whether these concerns result from one’s personal relationship, history, family background or otherwise.
The length of pre-marital counseling with me is usually between 8 and 12 sessions.