Romantic relationships, partnerships, and families can bring us joy and peace in life, 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 struggling to effectively communicate 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.
Clinical Psychologists Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D and Dr. Sara Glazer, Psy.D 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. They have an intimate understanding of what hurts individuals and couples in relationships, such as a lack of effective communication, an insecure sense of self, worrying too much about the future, and a lack of reciprocal trust can affect relationship dynamics. Because of their focus on relationships in their doctoral work, research, and postdoctoral training, they have extensive knowledge of what is healthy in relationships and what is maladaptive. This insight guides their works so that they can help couples work through their struggles to form a deeper connection, as well as help those uncertain about staying with their partner evaluate when to walk away from a relationship that is hurting them so they can invite better relationships into their lives.
Dr. Gaies and Dr. Glazer use a variety of therapeutic techniques with individuals or couples to help them better understand what is holding them back from feeling more secure and confident in their relationships, while using hypnosis and mindfulness techniques to uncover blocks to help the person or couple move forward. Most of us want to learn how to love fearlessly and connect with others in a more authentic way, but find ourselves holding back due to past hurts and anticipated future rejection. The goal of the therapy is to heal past hurts and move past insecurity in order to encourage patients 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 are well-versed in the highly respected research of John Gottman, as well as obtained Doctorates in Clinical Psychology from programs that emphasized 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 diffusing and letting go of anger, getting in touch with a time when they felt loved, and visualizing 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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