About Marriage & Couple Counseling
“We must recognize that we are more than ‘homo sapiens’. We are ‘homo vinculum’ – the one who bonds with others. And these bonds are what will save us. They always have.”
– Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy
Relationships are difficult. Even the best relationships encounter rocky seas, and it can be difficult to admit your relationship needs help. No matter what phase of relationship you’re in – dating and ready to take things to the next level, engaged and looking towards marriage, newly married or those together for decades – marriage and couple therapy can help get things back on track.
Some couples wait until things have become serious and seek counseling with urgency. In other cases one or both partners may be contemplating ending the relationship, or infidelity, addiction, or mental health is involved.
Others may simply want to fine tune their relationship and learn ways to go from good to great. Regardless of what is currently happening in your relationship, I’m here to help.
In addition to using a variety of relationship-based resources and methods, I practice Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically validated approach to couple therapy with proven effectiveness to create lasting relationship change. EFT is based on the attachment theory of adult love and human emotions. Whatever your reason for seeking couple therapy, I am trained to help with a variety of presenting concerns. These include, but are not limited to:
- Trust has been broken
- Conflict is too frequent
- Communication is poor
- Lack of emotional connection
- Improving physical connection
- Handling life stressors together
- Joint decision-making
- and many others!
Susan Martin, MA, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #110172
Phone/Text: (916) 287-3695
June 1, 2019 - I am not currently working with new clients at this time. I will be updating this webpage periodically with updates to my schedule. Thank you for your patience and I look forward to working with you soon.