Brooklyn Couples Counseling: grow stronger together

Studies show that for couples in long-term relationships, the happiest point is often at the beginning. It’s very common for relationship satisfaction to decline over time.

But yours doesn’t have to. Relationship counseling can help.

We provide counseling for couples in Brooklyn, Park Slope and surrounding areas. Our therapists create a safe, supportive space for couples to open up about unspoken emotions, address lingering conflict, and deepen their connection.

We work with a diverse range of heterosexual, LGBTQ, monogamous and poly couples. All are welcome.

Build the skills for a healthy relationship

At some point, every couple faces challenges with communication, sexual and financial problems, infidelity, and many other issues that can erode your happiness.

But if you face them together in an open, supportive way, these challenges can be overcome—and even strengthen your bond.

Our Brooklyn-based couples counselors can help you and your partner develop the skills you need for a healthier, more satisfying relationship. We’ll help you:

  • Learn how to communicate and deal with conflict in a healthy way

  • Heal and grow from past betrayals

  • Learn balance and self-care in relationships

  • Build awareness of co-dependency

  • Create a safe framework for doing deep work

  • Develop the skills and strength to make positive change

Navigate the transition to parenting

A new baby is a cause for celebration—but it also brings about massive change.

Big shifts in roles—like the kind that occur after having a child—can upset the balance of any relationship. Yet too often, couples fall into these roles automatically, without open discussion.

In both heterosexual and same-sex couples, uneven divisions of labor and childcare can cause stress—and isolate partners from each other. These divided situations can create the perfect environment for more serious mental health issues to develop.

Our Brooklyn-based marriage counselors can help new parents improve communication and negotiate new roles in an open, supportive way that ensures both partners are heard.

Face trauma together

Some couples face particularly painful situations. The infertility issues, postpartum depression, a serious health condition, and other traumas can put strain on even the healthiest relationships.

In these situations, couples counseling can provide invaluable support to both partners and the family unit as a whole. Our compassionate therapists have extensive experience helping couples and families who have faced serious trauma of all kinds.

We can help you and your partner heal, deepen your bond, strengthen and support each other, and look to the future together.

Later-in-life transitions

At a certain point, it’s not uncommon to realize that the person you’re married to now is very different from the one you initially married.

When a child grows up and moves out, you may see an improvement—as you and your partner have more time to spend together. But you may also find that after all this time, you have little to say to each other.

Retirement can also shift a relationship on its axis—as can changes in health and mobility, and the caretaking role the more able-bodied spouse must step into.

Our marriage counselors work with couples of all ages. We can help you restore your connection, navigate big transitions, and rebuild your emotional bond—no matter what stage of the journey you’re in.

Compassionate separation

In most cases, those who seek us out are looking to stay together and strengthen their relationship. However, couples counseling can also be of immense help to couples who have decided to separate.

Divorce can be traumatic—but it doesn’t have to be. We can help you maintain healthy communication as you make this transition; negotiate around the needs of children and co-parenting; and support your unique goals.

Our counselors have experience working with couples in just this situation. We’ll meet you where you are, and help you create a healthy close to your relationship—with as little trauma and toxicity as possible.

How it works

When you and your partner come in for counseling, your therapist will start by gathering information on your history together and the concerns that have brought you to us.

After that, your therapist will work with you to uncover underlying areas of concern, provide feedback on what they observe, and establish mutual goals.

Your therapist’s approach will vary depending on your unique situation, but it will encompass a holistic approach that takes into account every aspect of your life and your partner’s to engender positive change.

Take the next step. Schedule your first appointment today. Our Brooklyn-based relationship counselors are ready to help you and your partner grow stronger together.

Couples counseling provides a safe, professionally facilitated environment to productively communicate emotions, thoughts, and understanding between you and your partner. We focus on encouraging couples to learn and use healthy communication skills that increase understanding, empathy and validation. Couples counseling can help you to have closer, healthier, and more satisfying relationships. You and your partner can create the goals for therapy that serve your needs.  In couples therapy:

  • Partners can express their feelings and needs
  • Listen and show their understanding
  • Learn to convey empathy and validation
  • Learn to balance the relationship and self care 
  • Bring awareness to co-dependency concerns
  • Build the strength necessary to make positive changes
  • Learn how to have healthier and more satisfying relationships

Dr. Cheryl Kornfeld, PsyD,  and Dr. Beth Wecksell, PsyD work with couples. 

 

Resources for Couples:

Non-Violent Communication : Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. : www.cnvc.org

Getting the Love You Want (Imago Therapy) : Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. & Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. : www.gettingtheloveyouwant.com

The Gottman Theory For Making Relationships Work : Drs. John & Julie Gottman : www.gottman.com/about-gottman-method-couples-therapy