Anxiety Treatment - Anxiety Counseling in Durham, NC

COUPLES COUNSELING - APPROACHES

In addition to the counseling approaches I use, I often employ various couples counseling approaches, such as the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Imago Therapy, and Discernment Counseling.

Gottman Method

The Gottman Method uses research-based tools to help couples strengthen their relationship, better manage conflict, and create a strong mutual support system for each other. As a therapist who has had Gottman training, I often help couples learn these tools to help improve and enrich their relationship.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) draws on attachment theory, which asserts that humans are hardwired for strong emotional bonds with others. I often use EFT with couples who are experiencing emotional disconnection and are entangled in negative cycles of criticism and anger. This approach helps couples overcome these negative cycles, re-establish their connection, and strengthen their emotional bond.

Imago Therapy

Imago Therapy helps couples understand the unconscious forces that attract people to one another. These unconscious pulls can lead to hurt, conflict, and power struggles in relationships but also contain the seeds for healing. I often use Imago therapy to help couples understand and work with the healing and growth that is imbedded in a couple's frustrations -- for their relationship as well as their childhood concerns.

Discernment Counseling

Discernment counseling helps couples explore their options before making a final decision about divorce. The goal is not to solve problems in the relationship, but to figure out whether the problems can be solved. I often use discernment counseling for couples where one partner wants to preserve and repair the relationship and the other is leaning towards ending it.

"I first met Carolyn two years ago when I was in the middle of several big life changes. I thought that having regular therapy would help me handle these stressful transitions more smoothly, which it did, but I could not have predicted the much larger effect that Carolyn has had on my life as a whole. I have seen her regularly for individual therapy, and for a few sessions with my husband for couple's therapy. Through her insightful and compassionate questions, Carolyn has helped me see bigger issues from my past and present that were negatively impacting me every day. Over the past two years she has helped guide my personal understanding and growth in ways that have improved my marriage, my work, my spiritual life. Throughout this entire process, Carolyn's support has never wavered. She has a kind and gentle demeanor that complements her insightful intellect. She has a gift for encouraging you to examine your behaviors in ways you have never done before, without ever being overbearing or pushy. I would unreservedly recommend Carolyn for anyone seeking therapy."

- former client

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