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Couples Therapy
In-Person and Telehealth

It’s normal for couples to experience ups and downs - it’s part of being in a relationship. But sometimes, a clash can run deeper, or perhaps the conflict is happening more often.

Think about your relationship with your partner(s). Do you…

1. Feel unsatisfied?
2. Feel that your trust has been broken?
3. No longer feel sexually compatible with each other?
4. Keep having the same argument over and over?
5. Feel generally frustrated, angry, or hurt?
6. Have mixed feelings or have “fallen out of love?”
7. Express uncertainty about whether your relationship can be saved?

If any of the above sounds like you, now is a good time to contact Bright Future Counseling to start healing your relationship.

What is Couples Therapy?

The American Counseling Association (ACA) describes couples counseling as a way to help resolve conflicts or heal wounds. By attending therapy, couples can learn to “slow down their spiral and reestablish realistic expectations and goals.”

The ultimate goal of couples therapy is to help romantic partner(s) foster understanding and empathy to create a more fulfilling relationship. While each relationship is unique, a major goal of couples therapy is improving communication.

The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists found that 90% of couples who complete couples counseling with a licensed counselor report an improvement in their emotional health and comfort in their relationship.

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How Couples Therapy Can Help

Couples therapy can help achieve clarity, restore affection, increase sexual/emotional satisfaction, and rebuild trust and respect. Talking through your issues, combined with therapeutic exercises and strategies, can ultimately empower couples toward a more secure and satisfying partnership.

Whether regarding basic concerns or even considering divorce, couples therapy focuses on getting you back on the same page with your significant other(s).

Valinda Harlan (she/her) is a relationship specialist who enjoys helping couples find hope, gain new skills, heal from past hurt, and move forward to more satisfying relationships. Valinda has been married for 30 years, so she also possesses real experience in a long-term relationship.

I have specialized training in

Gottman Marriage Therapy, EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy, Discernment Counseling, Sex Therapy-Sexual Health, Internal Family Systems 

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Some areas we can focus on in couples counseling include

  • Improving Relationship Satisfaction

  • Relationship Repair

  • Addressing Infidelity

  • Communication & Conflict Resolution

  • Bettering Sexual & Emotional Intimacy

  • Work through differing interests (i.e. one of us is leaning towards ending the relationship vs. one of us wants to keep trying)

  • Counseling for Divorce

Non-Traditional Couples Welcome

Bright Future Counseling is an inclusive practice that welcomes all couples to participate in counseling. No matter your sexuality, gender, or the structure of your relationships, I provide a welcoming, unprejudiced space for you and your partner(s) to work through your issues.

More Therapy Options Offered at Bright Future Counseling

One-on-one counseling to address challenges in your life and work towards taking control of

your life.

Sexuality or gender-affirming counseling for LGBTQIA individuals.

Counseling for religious and spiritual abuse.

Resources for Relationships

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