Relationship Therapy

Relationships can be fulfilling and rewarding while also overwhelming and challenging. We provide relationship therapy (a.k.a. couples therapy) that can address a range of difficulties in the areas of communication, intimacy, trust, and role confusion. Whether you are experiencing issues around emotional connection, unproductive fighting, sexual functioning, finances, parenting, or infidelity, we offer a safe and confidential space in which to tackle some of the challenges that many experience in the course of their romantic relationships.

We also offer support to couples facing life transitions such as (re)marriage, parenthood, and professional development. We welcome work with heterosexual, gay/lesbian, queer, gender diverse, monogamous or polyamorous folks in relationships.

Common reasons for Relationship Therapy include:

  • Conflict

  • Isolation/Withdrawal

  • Emotional Intimacy

  • Change in sexual desire

  • Neurodiverse partners

  • Identity exploration/Transition

  • Exploring other amorous configurations (more than two)

  • Cross-cultural or spiritual issues

  • Impacts of trauma

  • Parenting and other family relationships

  • Seeking to separate in a kind and loving way

Primary Modalities employed in Relationship Therapy

  • Developmental Model (Bader-Pearson model)

  • Intimacy from the Inside Out (Internal Family Systems)

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy

  • Relational Life Therapy

Sex Therapy

Sex therapy is much like other forms of talk therapy. Often clients wish to address a physiological issue (eg. erectile dysfunction or low desire). As  therapists, we will be looking to understand and treat the issue holistically: integrating relational and psychological aspects. We see both individuals and couples for sex therapy. 

Additionally, we may collaborate with sexual medicine practitioners (eg. pelvic physical therapists, urologists, gynecologists, etc.) to understand and address how the physical issues contribute to the overall situation.

Sex Therapy may incorporate at-home exercises in order to directly work with the mind-body connection and uncover associations, anxieties, or longings. These can be partnered or individual practices. Sex Therapy may have educational components; in a culture which is largely silent on matters of sexuality, there can be great gains from simply having a non-judgmental place in which to address questions.

Common reasons
for Sex Therapy include:

  • Sexual Pain

  • Low Sexual Desire and Arousal

  • Communication challenges between partners

  • Performance Anxiety

  • Erectile or Ejaculation Concerns 

  • Orgasm Difficulties

  • Sexual Trauma

  • Sexual Anxiety & Avoidance

  • Shame & Guilt around Sexuality

  • Sex-negative upbringing or religious background

  • Sexual Behavior concerns

  • Queer Sexualities

  • Stigma

  • Oppression/Discrimination

  • Exploring BDSM & Kink

  • Polyamory and Open Relationships

  • Unique / Atypical Sexual Interests

  • Infidelity

Individual Therapy

In addition to sex and relationship therapy, we see clients for general psychotherapy. Treatments include a multi-disciplinary approach, and incorporate various theoretical methods tailored to each patient’s unique situation. Common approaches include Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Psychodynamic (pattern recognition).

Common reasons

for Individual Therapy include:

  • Anxiety

  • LGBTQ+ living and relationships

  • Relational Trauma 

  • Sexual trauma/abuse

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Stigma

  • Oppression/Discrimination

  • Behavioral concerns

  • Relationship dynamics, roles, boundaries

  • Compulsive behaviors

  • Shame, self-worth, self-trust

  • Loss/endings

  • Supporting psychiatric medication change and/or discontinuation processes