Marriage and couples counseling

Congratulations on taking the first step to seek professional help! Maybe you struggle with communication, infidelity, or a passive/aggressive partner. Or perhaps your situation is more unusual. Whatever the case may be, I can help! feet-1779064_640

I am glad to offer services to couples seeking marriage or premarital counseling. I have completed Gottman level 1 training and I am certified in SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) assessment for premarital counseling, which is a cutting edge, research based assessment for engaged and newly-wed couples. High quality premarital counseling can help couples deal with potential conflicts before they start and equip couples to become aware of possible destructive patterns. You become equipped with how to handle differences in the future in healthy ways. With a 50% divorce rate, this is a truly crucial investment to make. So many divorces are so unnecessary, but many couples are not aware of what is going on in their marriages, and they don’t know how to solve these issues. Why not learn BEFORE you get married?

In marriage counseling I have been privileged to see couple after couple put back on the right track and spouses establish a healthy relationship through obtaining better communication, increased understanding, and deeper connection through proven marriage strategies. Some of the common areas where you may face challenges include:

  • Lack of engagement from one partner
  • Trust issues
  • Poor communication
  • Blended families
  • Physical and emotional infidelity
  • Pornography
  • Anger
  • Control and Abuse
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Conflicting opinions about parenting

At Path of Hope you are assured a safe, caring, confidential, and non-judgmental atmosphere to process and heal. It is also important that you both commit to honesty with each other and take time to work on your relationship between sessions.  We use a proven framework that can help you improve communication,  restore trust, and find a deeper connection, and can give you resources to help you between sessions.

Marriage counseling also benefits each spouse individually. Marriage counseling can be hard work, but result in valuable personal growth! Some of the great advantages of marriage counseling is:

  • Improved communication and deeper connection
  • New self-awareness (healthy people have high self-awareness)
  • Removing negative cycles that keep a relationship stuck
  • Healing from past hurt and trauma
  • Learning how to meet your partner’s need and your own as well

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy addresses individual concerns, but can also be related to marriage or family issues. Often, individuals find themselves in situations where guidance and perspective are needed, or they discover negative patterns in their lives that they want toforward-1276286_1280 move past. I believe that there is always a solution –  always a path of hope to discover –  a strategy that leads into improved relationships, healthy boundaries, self-worth, overcoming spiritual issues, and greater self-awareness. I am here to see you fulfill your potential and become everything you were meant to be. Having been a Christian believer all my life with a background in ministry, I also offer counseling based on solid biblical principles as well as how transformation takes place from the standpoint of mind renewal (Romans 12:2). I find personal growth very rewarding!

Some of the issues I tend to work with the most are:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Low self-worth
  • Anger
  • Church relationships and spirituality

Basically, everyone could benefit from a few sessions of individual counseling to gain perspective of their lives, become aware of negative thought or behavioral patterns that hold them back, and begin a journey on a higher path to experience greater fulfillment and meaning.

Insurance and Session Packets

At Path of Hope we take Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, UMR, Aetna and Healthchoice. Sessions are $135. Remember that by using insurance, I am forced to give you a mental health diagnosis that will be on your record. Please call me if you have questions about this. Please check your deductible before using insurance.

Learn Biblical Meditation!

For many years, I have enjoyed the practice of Biblical meditation. I find that this is the fast track to lasting transformation. I will teach you and demonstrate to show you how you can experience surprising, effortless changes. No more trying hard – giving up cycles.