Counseling

Couples counseling— Life planning for couples that involves dialoguing and processing strengths and challenges that have emerged or anticipated over the course of the relationship.

  • Affairs
    • High opportunity/Low Involvement Affairs—This is the most common type of affair involving a one-night encounter, paid sex at a massage parlor or with a prostitute, or a high opportunity encounter at a convention or an out-of-town sales trip. Denial or rationalization of the affair is common.
    • Compartmentalized, Ongoing Affair—This type of relationship involves some degree of emotional connection, but is not viewed as a competition to the marriage. This could include meeting once a month at a motel, seeing the person whenever you are in town for business, being sexual for two weeks once a year when your partner is out of town, or meeting for sex three times a year at a sales meeting. These types of affairs reinforce two adages: affairs are easier to get into than out of and the affair often becomes more involving and complicated than you intended.
    • Comparison affair—This type of affair poses the greatest threat to the marriage for two reasons. First emotional and/or sexual needs are met in the affair, not in the primary relationship. Second, this is the most common female affair and the gender reversal is likely to destabilize the relationship.
  • Trust Issues
  • Family of origin issues—Rebuilding stronger individuals for stronger families
  • Addiction
    • Food
    • Sex (i.e. internet usage; compulsive masturbation; solicitation of prostitutes; massage parlors; gentleman/strip clubs; etc.)
    • Recreational or prescription drugs
    • Alcoholism
    • Gambling
    • Shopping/Spending
  • Self-esteem or Body image issues
  • Communication strategies and building emotional competence
  • Anger management
  • Sexual abuse counseling for victims and perpetrators
  • Alternative forms of sexual expression, identity, and/or orientation
  • High Profile and Special Circumstances