Romantic relationships, partnerships, and families can bring us joy and peace, allow us to become better versions of ourselves, and help us through difficult times. Many of us, however, have difficulty maintaining relationships due to the fear of disappointing those we love, nervousness about future rejection, worry about becoming too dependent, uncertainty about how to connect physically or emotionally, or difficulty communicating what we need. As a result, we find ourselves moving from one difficult relationship to another, wondering if we will ever be able to change the pattern and find a healthy relationship.
Dr. Samantha Gaies and Dr. Sara Glazer work with individuals and couples who struggle with relationship or sexual difficulties by helping them face their fears and understand the reasons why they push people away or attract the wrong people. Our therapists have an intimate understanding of what can negatively affect individuals and couples in relationship dynamics, such as a lack of effective communication, an insecure sense of self, worrying too much about the future, and a lack of reciprocal trust. With a deep focus on relationships in their doctoral work, research, and postdoctoral training, our therapists have extensive knowledge of what is healthy in relationships and what is maladaptive. This insight guides them as they help couples work through their struggles to form a deeper connection, and as they help clients who are uncertain about staying with their partner to evaluate when to walk away from a relationship that is hurting them so they can invite healthier relationships into their lives.
Our clinicians use a variety of therapeutic techniques, including hypnosis and mindfulness, to help both individuals and couples better understand what is holding them back from feeling more secure and confident in their relationships and to uncover blocks to help them move forward. Most of us want to love fearlessly and connect with others in a more authentic way, but we hold ourselves back due to past hurts and anticipated rejection. The goal of therapy is to heal past hurts and move past insecurity in order to encourage clients to be honest, open, and authentic with their partners.
The techniques used by Dr. Gaies and Dr. Glazer are a combination of clinical research and evidence-based skills, as well as holistic and healing approaches to relationships. They have training and experience in the highly respected research of John Gottman, as well as Doctorates from programs emphasizing relationships, self-compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). They incorporate hypnosis, mindfulness, and guided meditation into their clinical work, as it is especially useful for helping clients to diffuse and let go of anger, reconnect with a time when they felt loved, and visualize a happy and healthy relationship. This new approach to love and relationships strengthens intimacy by encouraging connectedness instead of blaming or pushing others away.
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