Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling
Couples in Crisis - a Loss of Connection
A Couples Place serves all communities of Marin County including San Rafael, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae,
Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Novato, California.
Couples experiencing a crisis
in their relationship
suffer from a loss of connection.
An extramarital affair is considered by most partners to be a profound betrayal. In her book “Not Just Friends” Dr. Shirley Glass uses the metaphor of walls and windows to describe what happens when there is an affair. “In a love affair, the unfaithful partner has built a wall to shut out the marriage partner and opened a window to let in the affair partner. To re-establish a marriage that is intimate and trusting after an affair, the wall and window must be reconstructed to conform to the safety code and keep the structure of the marriage sound so that it can withstand the test of time.”
Sometimes affairs are physical and sometimes they are emotional. Both types are destructive. We help couples using Shirley Glass’s model by assisting them to repair the wall that protects their marriage, creating a strong boundary between them and the affair partner. This means ending the affair and agreeing to no more secrets. Using the structure of the Gottman Method, we’ll guide you to talk about the affair safely without doing further damage. Once we understand what happened with both partners in the know, we can begin to look at rebuilding the trust and foundation of the relationship. Affairs are serious, but they are not the main reason couples get divorced.
The disengaged couple is actually at the highest risk for divorce. In a study by The Divorce Mediation Project, 80% of men and women listed gradually growing apart, loosing a sense of closeness, and not feeling loved and appreciated as reasons for initiating divorce. So, while there are many paths to this place of feeling isolated and lonely, you are in serious danger; not because of what you are feeling, but rather because of what you are not feeling.
In Gottman Therapy, the lost connection is seen as resulting from the small but significant ways that couples have turned away or against one another over time. The task for both of you is to create a safer, more secure marital/partnered environment where you are willing again to take emotional risks. The structure of Gottman Couples Therapy makes this possible with the aim to help you create the emotional connection you both want and need.
The Disengaged Marriage:
Lisa Lund, MFT
Certified Gottman Therapist
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
A Couple’s Place
1036 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Kentfield, CA 94904
A Couples Place serves all of Marin County, California, including the communities of: San Rafael, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Novato, California. For those couples whose relationship is experiencing a crisis, from such issues as an affair, tragedy, or are in a disengaged marriage, the counseling center provides couples & marriage therapy to those who may be suffering from a loss of connection in their relationships.
In addition to offering couples The Art & SCIENCE of Love - Weekend Retreat Couples Workshops (which are also eligible for continuing education units for professional clinicians), we train therapists to use research-based Gottman-Method couples therapy for their clientele with relationship issues.
Our other websites include aCouplesWorkshop.com for The Art & SCIENCE of Love - Weekend Retreat Couples Workshops and TrainingForCouplesTherapy.com for therapists interested in learning Gottman-Method Couples Therapy.
Our clientele is diverse and includes married, cohabiting, straight and gay couples as well as individuals.
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A tragedy such as a death, loss of employment or home, serious illness or other catastrophic event is challenging even for the best of relationships. If your relationship has not been as strong as it could be, a life crisis will hit you even harder. Sometimes couples shut down in their grief or hold blame for one another for what happened. Sometimes they grieve in different ways and misread one another. For example, a husband who returns to work the day after a stillborn and a wife who is left in disbelief, mistakenly assuming that her husband does not care.
We handle trauma in our own individual ways and sometimes our ways clash, leaving us feeling alone and unsupported. We’ll help you talk to each other about what the traumatic event meant to you. We will establish some agreed upon ways that you can be there for one another and show support whether it be talking, or building some reliable rituals of connection. Facing a tragedy is never easy but facing it alone can feel devastating. Don’t let a traumatic event come between you. Couples counseling can help.
The Extramarital Affair:
If you are experiencing substance abuse or domestic violence in your relationship it is crucial that you get help right away. We’ll want to get a complete history from both of you to see how best to approach treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, couples counseling may or may not be appropriate. If, for any reason, we believe that couples counseling is not right for you at this time, we’ll provide you with referrals. We can always add in the couples piece at a later time and coordinate it with your individual therapy.
Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence:
If your relationship fits any of the above scenarios, please act quickly to get an assessment and some guidance to help you consider all of your options. Let’s review together your complete relationship history to see what the whole picture looks like. If there is an affair, or anything else clouding the picture, let’s view it straight on and discuss the possibilities open to you. It’s not uncommon for couples to feel hopeless at this stage, but because it feels hopeless does not necessarily mean that it is hopeless. Many couples are able to get their marriage back on track.
Together we will make a treatment plan designed to help you reach your goals.
When your marriage or relationship is in crisis you may not feel connected with one another even when you aren’t arguing. The friendship may feel flat or nonexistent, and discussions about differences may be polarized and extreme; that is if you are engaging with one another at all. If this sounds familiar and you are seeking therapy, one or both of you is seriously concerned about the state of your union (a good sign) or one or both of you want to break up.
Some common examples of crisis situations are:
Together we will make a treatment plan
designed to help you reach your goals.
Happiness is not a station you arrive at,
but a manner of traveling.
~ Margaret B. Runbeck
Extended Sessions or Marathon Therapy helps couples in crisis move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time. Learn More.
• Couples in Crisis