The focus of relationship counseling is on figuring out how to improve your relationships, whether that is at work, at home, with your friends, or with your partner.
Unlike family therapy or couples therapy, you engage in relationship counseling on your own. The focus is on helping you figure out where you want to go with a specific relationship and/or on helping you acquire a specific skill set to improve your relationships.
Often people will use the sessions to understand the ending of a relationship (determining what went wrong and what can be learned from it); to prepare for a new relationship; or to analyze whether or not they want to stay in a relationship.
Another frequent focus of our relationship counseling is how to get along with a difficult parent (mother, father, sibling) or how to heal broken family ties. On the other end of the spectrum, relationship counseling can help you decide to end or terminate specific relationships.
Relationship counseling is also applied to parenting. We use scientifically based knowledge to support you as you try to improve your relationship with your children.
In terms of skills, we help you improve communication skills, your ability to be assertive, and your ability to offer emotional intimacy. Many of these skills can be applied to romantic relationships, work relationships, and parenting.
Our practice has a very strong relational focus because a big percentage of our work deals in couples and family therapy. As such, we have a lot of specialized first-hand knowledge to offer you in this field. We know what works and what does not work.