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Marital or couples therapy is about helping spouses resolve their problems and have a healthy and happy relationship.  It helps by creating a context where emotionally charged issues in the relationship can be explored in a safe and structured environment and where each partner develops awareness of how their behavior contributes to the problem situation. Couples come to therapy seeking to revive love, sex, intimacy, and communication in their relationship. Typical problems include threats of divorce, infidelity or cheating, fighting, co-dependency issues, emotional withdrawal and conflict over spending and money.

Hours of Operation:
Daytime - Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Evening - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:
until 9 p.m.

Counseling Fees:
Although our customary fees for professional counseling are $125 an hour, we offer reduced fees based on a sliding scale, taking into consideration family income. Our fees run from $30 to $125 an hour. We do accept some insurance plans.

 

To make an appointment or to talk to one of our licensed counselors, call

Conflict Resolution
No two people will agree about everything.  When disagreements come between spouses, there needs to be ways the two can work out those differences.  Conflict comes in many forms and fashions.  Therapy will deal with the underlying reasons for the conflict and give the couples some “ground-rules” regarding how to resolve the conflicts.  The goal of counseling is to finally find a way to resolve problematic issues and have a happy, loving and lasting relationship.

Communication Problems
Strained communication is a very common issue with couples in conflict.  There are many reasons for the breakdown in marital communication.  Counseling can address and resolve these issues while helping couples to learn how to communicate appropriately and effectively.  Just learning these skills can help couples solve many of their other issues.

Infidelity
Infidelity, or an affair of some kind, is another one of the main areas of conflict between spouses.  Infidelity rocks the core of the relationship – love, trust and commitment.  So many other areas of the relationship depend on trust, so if it is broken, the affects can be devastating.  Therapy can help a couple work through the significant issues brought about by infidelity.  It will also help the couple bring about healing and give guidance to re-establish and strengthen the relationship.

Financial Issues
Finances and how couples deal with money is one of the main areas of conflict between spouses.  Discussions about finances are often not about money, but other deep seated issues that can mask the problem.  Therapy will get to the bottom of the issues and guide the couple to better ways of meeting each other's needs in this area.

Intimacy
Intimacy can become strained when lingering issues exist and eat away at the relationship.  Intimate relationships are the best!  It must be understood that intimacy relates to more than the sexual relationship.  Intimacy between spouses relates to the level of closeness in terms of communication, shared values and beliefs and the overall sharing of the important things in life.


Our Director of Counseling

John M. McLain, LMFT, is our Director of Counseling and our main therapist.  He has many years of experience and has helped many individuals and families.  He is an “Approved Supervisor” by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, helping other therapists.  He is a certified facilitator for the “Prepare-Enrich” pre-marital assessment.  He is married and has six children, three of which are adopted.  John has had a wide variety of personal experiences, including being in foster care as a child.  He understands how difficult life can be at times.

 

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