How do you know when it’s time to seek therapy?
Couples often seek therapy when they are so far into a situation or a problem that they have run out of energy and see therapy as a last resort.
But as therapist Kristie Overstreet explains, “Most issues within a couple start small and then grow in size when they don’t get resolved. This is where therapy can help, by giving tools and techniques to improve conflict resolution.” Most couples tell me they should have started therapy years earlier.
If you’d like to explore whether couples therapy could benefit your relationship, scroll down to How Can I Help? and enter your name, email, and message. I’ll be back in touch as quickly as I can.
“Relationships are a journey.
Conflict is an opportunity for growth.”
How I Work
The work I do is informed by IMAGO and Encounter Centered Couples Therapy as taught by Hedy Schleifer.
I will teach you new ways to communicate, resolve conflict and deepen your understanding of yourself and your beloved.
Imago therapy is an approach commonly used to help couples struggling with conflict, communication, or intimacy. The premise of the Imago approach is that each person develops an “image” of love and relationships that’s largely based on their early childhood experiences. Imago therapists believe unresolved traumatic childhood experiences or attachment wounds from childhood cause people to develop rigid expectations and defenses that cause problems in their relationships.
The goal of Imago Relationship Therapy is to help couples heal old childhood wounds by recognizing and interrupting old patterns, and then developing healthier ones. It has a heavy focus on the use of empathy, teaching couples to communicate in more compassionate and loving ways. The end goal is for couples to have a more “conscious” intentional relationship that fosters intimacy and connection.