Relationships with loved ones are very important to us all, and they can sometimes be challenging and difficult. People who care for each other can become overwhelmed by disagreements that spiral out of control into hurtful arguments. Relationship therapy focuses on the dynamics between the two or more people, married or otherwise, without blaming any of the partners for the problems. People sometimes seek relationship therapy prior to moving in together, making a serious commitment in their relationship, or when considering any change in the relationship. Intimate partners might also seek therapy when there is a feeling of dissatisfaction within the relationships related to communication, sex, connection, or something else; an experience of a difficult event (i.e. death, infidelity); or a significant life change (i.e. a move, birth of a child, decision to open up a relationship, etc). Relationship therapy typically focuses on emotional and intimate connection, and communication between the partners with the aim to find a solution to lead to higher levels of connection and satisfaction in the relationships. In therapy, we will work to help each partner understand their role in the relationship interactions and to identify more constructive ways of communicating and engaging in the intimate relationship, increasing emotional intimacy and reconstructing old patterns of behavior, resulting in more satisfying and fulfilling connection with one another.
Sex therapy is a form of talk therapy (no touching is involved) that is focused on resolving areas of concern that are related to sexuality for individuals and/or for those in intimate relationships. It is extremely common at some point in life for people to experience challenges in the area of sex. Sex therapy can help to address a wide variety of concerns including but not limited to: