Relationship / Marital Therapy
A relationship, married or not, can be a source of happiness, emotional and physical closeness, and support. Most marriages and other relationships, however, aren’t always perfect. Each person brings his or her values, dreams, and personal histories into the relationship. Sometimes, these don’t match and these differences cause conflict. This conflict may result in poor communication, anger, loss of interest, illness, or infidelity. In the most serious cases there may consequences of addictions or emotional or physical abuse. You feel that your relationship is falling apart and you don’t know how to fix it.
It may be time for marriage or relationship counseling. Marriage counseling or couples therapy, helps couples communicate more effectively, resolve problems and create a satisfying, happy relationship. As couples work through the psychological and everyday life issues that separate them, they become closer and learn to strengthen their bond. You may find that your relationship improves in a few sessions. Sometimes, however, you may find by discussing your feelings with your spouse or partner, that your differences are irreconcilable and you decide to end the relationship.
Dr. Gayle Klaybor or Dr. Michael Klaybor will see you as a couple to determine and understand the sources of the conflict. Trained by John Gottman, each of them helps the couple to develop strategies to heal hurt feelings and learn about their reactions and behaviors. The purpose of couples therapy is not to take sides but to help the couple find satisfying solutions to the challenges of marriage and relationships. Dr. Michael and Dr. Gayle Klaybor are also available to see couples together to provide an intense, concentrated approach.
Here are some of the typical issues that couples counseling can help you cope with:
- Substance abuse
- Physical or mental conditions
- Same-sex relationship issues
- Cultural clashes
- Blended families
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing
- Changing roles