Relationships, and healing old wounds

Very few of us make it out of childhood unscathed. For most of us, we carry with us old wounds, leftover from our formative years. These wounds, brought on by our life circumstances and relationships with our primary caretakers, affect our self-esteem and self-worth. These emotional wounds operate in the background, like a program on a computer – playing a role in how you feel, how you act, and who you are drawn to in relationships.

It is in our nature as human beings to strive toward healing these wounds, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. We seek resolution; we seek healing; we seek fulfillment and wholeness.

So then… what happens when we end up in relationships where our core wounds are being activated; where our negative emotions are feeling triggered and inflamed? When you’re in that scenario, you may ask yourself: What does this mean; why is this happening; and what should I do about it?

That is exactly what our Relationship Counseling is all about. It’s about looking through the lens of your relationships to gain insight into your true self – both your strengths, and your limitations. It’s about acquiring a sense of personal empowerment. It’s about getting on the road to healing with essential self-care, and cultivating positive relationships by way of implementing healthy personal boundaries. Designing a life of relationships that heal, not harm. Relationships that support the person you are, the person you are meant to be. Relationships that nourish the very essence of who you are.

We do this by talking on a deep level about what you feel, what you think, and what you want. We gently peel the layers of meaningful truths. We get to the heart of the matter. You show up, you engage, you think and feel and share, you commit, you acknowledge, you accept, you release, and I’m there with you, guiding you along this path. This is the process of therapy; the process of healing. Welcome.

Healthy Uncoupling

When couples ask…should we stay or should we go?

If you and your partner are experiencing stress in your relationship, you may be thinking a lot about whether or not you even belong together. Perhaps you relate to questions like these:

  • Do you find that you’re not communicating well?
  • Are you arguing too much? Getting triggered a lot by one another?
  • Are you not as affectionate as you used to be?
  • Maybe intimacy has taken a back seat to life-stuff, or has gone on permanent hold?
  • Does it feel like there are things that you just can’t talk about?
  • Are you worried that maybe you’re not on the same page anymore?

As relationship partners, maybe you wonder if you are on the right path together. Perhaps you ponder if this relationship is meant to be. Maybe you ask: Are we learning, growing, and becoming better people by being in this relationship? Are we having fun together? Are we good for one another?

And then there are the questions of: Is it even worth it to work on repairing our relationship? Are we both willing, or is only one of us interested in working on it, while the other partner is disinterested or unwilling? Is one partner leaning in, while the other partner is leaning out – of the relationship?

A lot of times when couples ask these questions to themselves or to one another, the answer can be a resounding, “I don’t know!” And that’s because it’s complicated. There are many moving parts to a relationship, especially a long-term one. There are lots of feelings, both good and bad. There is commitment and loyalty. There can be loss and betrayal. There is the structure of a life together to be honored. There are new desires for growth and happiness that emerge as we go through life.

All these things can create a web of vulnerable emotions. So the process of sorting out what’s good for all parties involved is a delicate one that requires patience and a certain tolerance for uncertainty, just for a little while. This can be a confusing time, but by asking the questions and processing the feelings that come up, the clarity will come. It always does. I can help you navigate these choppy waters.

So is this relationship right for you? For both of you? Let’s find out. For couples, we’ll work as a team to define the issues and clarify the important goals. We’ll give each of your positions a voice, so that the thoughts and feelings on both sides are represented. For individuals, we’ll do the same thing, only one-on-one without your partner. We’ll assess and evaluate, using a pragmatic conversational approach to get to the issues that matter.

From there, we’ll arrive at the wisdom and clarity to answer this question: Should we stay or should we go? Are we meant to work through our issues, together? Or, is a healthy uncoupling in our best interest? Either way, our work will aim to bring clear-mindedness and personal empowerment to both partners in the relationship. The right path becomes clear…

Some issues that bring couples to therapy are:

  • Addiction/Partner Addiction Support
  • Balance (Work/Life/Family)
  • Blended Families
  • Chronic Illness
  • Divorce
  • Extended Family
  • Infidelity/Cheating
  • Intimacy
  • Mental Illness
  • Pre-Marital/Readiness
  • Pornography
  • Sex

In my couple’s therapy sessions, I help people develop the necessary skills needed to maintain sustaining love.

If any of the above relate to your and your partner in your relationship, contact me today for a free consultation. I would love to speak about how I may be able to help reconnect and rekindle your love for one another.

Sex Therapy

Are you stuck in a sexless marriage?

Do you and your partner have mismatched sexual desires?

Are you having performance issues?

Do you not feel emotionally connected anymore?

Or maybe you want to spice up your love life, but your partner isn’t interested.

If sexual issues are preventing true closeness between you and your partner, you may want to consider sex therapy.

How Does Sex Therapy Work?

As a sex therapist, I focus on the physical relationship between two people in a relationship, then identify the couple’s attitudes about sex and the sexual problem. From there, I’ll often recommend specific exercises to refocus the couple’s attention and expectations.

Specific objectives may include the following:

  • Learning to eliminate and relax distractions
  • Learning to communicate what you’d like in a positive way
  • Learning nonsexual touching techniques
  • Increasing or enhancing sexual stimulation
  • Minimizing pain during intercourse

If you’d like to explore sex therapy, I want you to know that you aren’t alone in having sexual problems, and that I can help. Please contact me today for a free consultation to see if we are a

101 Brighter Street
Lafayette, CO 00000
(949) 445-3855

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