3 TYPES OF MARRIAGE

COUNSELING NEAR ME

 

Imago Therapy, Gottman Method & Emotionally Focused Therapy

 

The Science Behind Relationships and Finding Marriage Counseling Near Me

The top three theories used to assist couples in healing, renewing and enriching relationships are Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Each of these theories offers their own training and certification program, which requires extensive time learning the theory, practicing and supervised training prior to certification. Therapists with one or more of these certifications and trainings are serious about working with couples. Be sure you put your relationship in the care of a professional who takes your marriage as seriously as you do!

When you search for marriage counseling near me, a common approach to finding a therapist, be sure they are certified in at least one of the following theories.  To decide which type of couples counseling will be the best fit for you, read more about each of these.

The Science Behind Relationships  Finding Marriage Counseling Near Me

The top three theories used to assist couples in healing, renewing and enriching relationships are Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Each of these theories offers their own training and certification program, which requires extensive time learning the theory, practicing and supervised training prior to certification. Therapists with one or more of these certifications and trainings are serious about working with couples. Be sure you put your relationship in the care of a professional who takes your marriage as seriously as you do!

When you search for marriage counseling near me, a common approach to finding a therapist, be sure they are certified in at least one of the following theories.  To decide which type of couples counseling will be the best fit for you, read more about each of these.

The Gottman Method

John Gottman's method of couples therapy draws from over two decades of relationship research in Gottman's Love Labs. This theory relies on an extensive relationship assessment designed to identify and eliminate toxic behaviors. Once replaced with new skills, focus turns to developing a shared meaning and closer friendship among the couple.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

 Dr. Sue Johnson is the author of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Key books that expand on her theory include: Hold Me Tight, and Love Sense. The goal in EFT is to help couples become conscious of your secondary emotions by examining and interrupting your negative communication and interaction cycles.

Imago Relationship Therapy

In Getting the Love You Want, by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt, introduced Imago Therapy in the late 1990s. With an emphasis on fail-proof communication, this theory leans into the importance of understanding and addressing the influence our separate life histories have on how we related to our partner or spouse today.

Discernment Relationship Counseling

Discernment Counseling is a clarification process designed to assist couples who are experiencing marriage ambivalence, and questioning if they should divorce or not. Created by Bill Dohtery, PhD, Discernment Counseling is not therapy. The goal is not to fix the relationship, the goal is to decide if both artner's want to work on their marriage / relationship. Typically, there is a leaning out partner (one more interested in leaving the relationship), and a leaning in spouse (one more interested in making the relationship work). The goal is to create a deeper understanding of how the relationship got to this point, and what each partner needs to feel motivated to continue in the marriage / relationship.   

 

“When people feel loved, they are freer, more alive, and more powerful than we ever imagined. – Susan Johnson, PhD

ABOUT MICHELE O’MARA, PHD, LCSW

 

After completing all of the requirements to become an Imago Therapy, Michele became a certified imago therapist in 2005. Her certification in imago therapy can verified by clicking here.

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To learn more about your imago, download this worksheet.

 

Trained Discernment Counselor

In 2015, Michele completed the training for Discernment Counseling and can now be found on their referral site here. 

Endorsed by the Dohertry Relationship Institute and the Modern Commitment

Gottman Trained on all 3 Levels

After completing all three levels of The Gottman Method training, Michele is now an approved member of the Gottman Referral Network, and her credentials can be verified by clicking here.

She is also an approved member of The Gottman Method Relationship Checkup. For more information about what this is and how to get your intensive, research-based relationship assessment, go here.

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ABOUT Michele O’Mara, LCSW, Ph.D.

Relationships are my thing. Some would say, my obsession. While I only scored an 83.75% on my own "How Lesbian Are You" test,  don't let that fool you. Since returning to school in the '90s for my MSW, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: help lesbian couples grow love. 

I am that person who has built her life around one thing: lesbian relationships and women loving women. For fun, I do things like create online quizzes at asklesbians.com, to learn more about real lesbians. Or I write books. like, "Just Ask: 1,000 Questions to Grow Your Relationship," to give couples an easy way to communicate. (www.1000question.app) And, now that our boys are young men, my love, and my wife, Kristen, and I are growing lesbian love through Lesbian Couples Retreats and The Lesbian Roadshow throughout the U.S. in awesome destinations where our motto is, "love out loud" with Adventures in Love.  You can learn more about those at lesbiancouples.co.

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