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Relationship and Couples Counseling is an opportunity to meet with a trained therapist to explore concerns that are part of intimate partnering. Challenges people commonly bring to couple counseling include pre-marital counseling, new relationship struggles, cohabitation challenges, divorce and separation agreements, dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues and healing from emotional betrayals.

Being in an intimate relationship with another human being can be extremely stressful, even when you are deeply in love. Many couples crave more emotional intimacy in their adult relationships, as well as greater sexual intimacy. Companionship, for all of its benefits, can also present unique challenges. This is true for long-term committed friendships, as well as marriages, and domestic partnerships. Relationship Therapy allows you to discuss issues of intimacy and sexuality within a safe and confidential environment.

Sometimes couples decide to begin therapy early in their relationship, or when couple dynamics are first becoming stressful, with the goal of working on them before they become unmanageable. This is a worthwhile pursuit, and it is often much easier to change patterns before they become embedded into the relationship style of a couple. However, most often people do not seek professional counseling until problems are painful and entrenched. This, of course, makes the task more complex, having to sort through years of complicated emotions and experiences.

It is, however, possible to heal extremely wounded relationships. It takes commitment and willingness to look more closely at one’s own behavior and goals, as well as what he/she desires in a relationship. Not every relationship can be “saved,??? but most can heal, and people can learn to respect, enjoy and honor each other.

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The content on this site is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for psychological, medical, legal or other professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. For issues concerning mental health, you are invited to schedule an appointment with Dr. East or her team. S.M.I.L.E. is focused on assisting individuals and families with many challenges from, overcoming everyday stressors, to healing from traumatic events.

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