Marriage and Family Counseling
Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems.
A marriage should be a safe haven in which partners are able to express their differences, anger and conflict. In marriage counseling, we work together on multiple levels.
A Unique Therapeutic Approach
Ian Kaminsky, Ph.D. works to enhance the elements of relationships that matter most:
- Maintaining the strength of the marital bond in the face of adversity. We can also help to build togetherness based on a shared intimacy and identity, while at the same time set boundaries to protect each partner's autonomy.
- Establishing a rich and pleasurable sexual relationship and protect it from the intrusions of the workplace and family obligations.
- Confronting and mastering the inevitable crises of life.
- Using humor and laughter to keep things in perspective and to avoid boredom and isolation.
- Nurturing and comforting each other, satisfying each partner's needs for dependency and offering continuing encouragement and support.
- Keeping the early romantic, idealized images of falling in love alive while facing the sober realities of the changes wrought by time.
- For couples with children, we work on embracing the challenging roles of parenthood and absorb the impact of a baby's entrance into the marriage. In addition, couples learn to continue the work of protecting the privacy of you and your spouse as a couple.