Couples Counseling

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy was formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Sue Johnson and has developed alongside the science of adult attachment and bonding.

The emotions that you experience in your relationship are directly influenced by your attachment bond.  

In our sessions, you and your partner will learn to identify and understand the reactive behavioral patterns that are creating the repetitive negative cycle you can’t seem to break.  We will look at how these behavioral reactivities create fissures in secure adult attachment and set off stress hormones in your brain that further perpetuate the fighting, hopelessness, and despair.

You will be given real tools and compassionate support to break the negative cycle and regain control of your reactivity.  You will find that these tools will become new “steps” in your relationship dance. As your secure attachment bond with your partner strengthens you will feel more calm, more in control, and more optimistic about the health of your relationship.

Angela has experience working with couples across a broad spectrum of presenting issues.  Some such issues might range from severe distress caused by infidelity to stress resulting from significant life transitions to premarital counseling and bond strengthening.  And lots in between.

Relationships are as diverse as individuals and, as such, it is Angela’s job to understand your unique identity and circumstance and help you in the way you need.

Angela’s office affirms all people in their self identit(ies) and relationship style(s).

Here is a link to Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.