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As a Certified Gottman Therapist and a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have found that change is possible even in long-term relationships with established patterns of conflict. Central to my work is the concept of empathy—understanding each partner from within his or her subjective experience. Such understanding leads to compassion and tenderness between partners, a sense of feeling known and accepted, and is a central ingredient for change. The Gottman Method is a practical approach that helps couples strengthen their friendship, repair after a fight, and compromise without giving up core needs. Meaningful change often occurs in a relatively short amount of time using these tools. I also utilize concepts from Attachment Theory, which looks at the ways in which childhood experiences can affect one’s relationship to self and others. A central concept of Attachment Theory is the Secure Base—in adulthood, this is usually the relationship with one’s partner. Couple’s therapy attempts to strengthen this Base in order to provide each partner with a Safe Haven, a relational port in the storm, if you will. I also address underlying issues that may contribute to a couple’s distress, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. Couples therapy can be life-changing, whether your relationship is in crisis or you simply want to strengthen what’s already working.