I have over three decades of experience counseling couples and families.
Three disciplines that I have expertise in (Gottman Method, Enneagram, Narrative Therapy) have proven to be exceptionally instructive and valuable in helping people understand themselves and others and provided insight into their personal and professional relationships.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy™ www.gottman.com
Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy. Intervention strategies are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s three decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. This research shows us what actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship. Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of this research to help you and your spouse or partner:
- Increase respect, affection, and closeness
- Break through and resolve conflict when you feel stuck
- Generate greater understanding between you and your partner
- Keep conflict discussions calm
- Maintain improvements in your relationship
The Enneagram is a dynamic system that describes nine personality types and their interrelationships. Understanding your own type gives you insight into “what makes you tick” and provides a customized roadmap for on-going personal growth. Understanding other types helps you create more satisfying love, work and family relationships. The nine types are: The Idealist, The Giver, The Achiever, The Romantic, The Observer, The Loyal Skeptic, The Optimist, The Protector, and the Mediator.
The overall goal of narrative therapy is to help people view their problems as external to themselves – to see that the way they view their life is related to specific experiences they have had which continue to influence their personal perspective on the world. In this scenario, a negative experience can continue to color a person’s life by impacting it with hurt feelings, pain, guilt, anger and so forth. If you immerse yourself in your problem, the problem continues. By beginning to see the problem as separate from yourself, you can redefine your life to give it new meaning, a fresh start.