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, Dr. Sara Glazer, Dr. Karolina Pekala, and Dr. Meghan Downey work with individuals and couples who struggle with relationships and/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 struggles to form a deeper connection. Their expertise also helps them aid clients who are uncertain about staying with their partner, which includes more effectively evaluating when to walk away from a relationship that is hurting them in pursuit of inviting a healthier relationships into their lives.
Relational challenges may feel new or like a resurfacing familiar dynamic. Our therapists support individuals in discovering the origin of their difficulties to create understanding and introspection surrounding interpersonal patterns. They combine psychoeducation, mindfulness, hypnosis, DBT, ACT, and other integrative methods to help individuals better understand what is holding them back from feeling more secure and confident in relationships. 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 themselves and their partners.
Dr. Sara Glazer is an expert in using integrative therapy for couples looking for support in their relationships. Drawing on her background in attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and mindfulness-based approaches, Dr. Glazer has developed an integrative therapeutic method that uses hypnosis techniques through an interpersonal lens for concerns related to grief, self-esteem, social anxiety, and relational trauma. Using hypnosis as a powerful tool for change, she assists clients in exploring how their struggles relate to their self-perception and relationships with others.
Dr. Glazer uses a combination of clinical research and evidence-based skills, as well as holistic and healing approaches to relationships. She has specializes training and experience in the highly respected research of John Gottman, as well as a Doctorate from programs emphasizing relationships, self-compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She incorporate hypnosis, mindfulness, and guided meditation into her clinical work, as it is especially useful in 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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