Are you and your partner struggling to overcome your differences? Even if you've struggled to cooperate for some time, it's not too late to rekindle the connection. I am a couples therapist in Encino, CA, and I encourage you to think about the following questions:
When is the last time you really felt good about your relationship?
Are you and your partner continually arguing?
Does it seem like conflicts never get resolved?
Do you feel disconnected? Unseen? Unheard? Unappreciated?
Are you wondering what happened to the passion, intimacy, and romance?
Do you feel like roommates?
Have resentment, anger, and disappointment been building?
Have you or your partner withdrawn from the relationship?
If you have answered "yes" to more of these questions than you would like, it's time to seek help.
How Can Couples Therapy Help?
I am a Gottman-trained couples therapist serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley. Couples therapy is the most effective and efficient way to restore and rejuvenate a relationship. Often the person who is feeling the most pain or disappointment in the relationship is the one who calls me and wants to know how their partner can be encouraged to come in for treatment. Couples therapy is not about finding the bad guy or assigning blame. As a specialist in couples therapy, I can observe your interactions and help you identify the patterns of communication that are getting in the way of your intimacy. It is not my goal to find fault but rather to find solutions. By taking this approach, I have successfully gained the trust and enthusiastic cooperation of many reluctant partners.
Learning how to decrease conflict is only a small part of treatment. In fact, research indicates that the level of conflict at the start of therapy is not a good predictor of the outcome. In addition to showing you how to resolve problems effectively, I will help you restore the admiration, passion, and trust that brought you together. My goal is to help you build a robust and satisfying relationship that can withstand the life challenges that may come your way.
Margaret Altschul, M.B.A, M.A, Psychotherapist License #: CA LMFT42839