NOTICE: I am currently on maternity leave and will not be accepting new clients until January 2022. Thank you!

 

Dianna Westbrook

Falling in love is so thrilling and exciting. Remember your amazing chemistry?? It’s when we feel fully alive and engaged in the joy of the world around us.

Despite what magical Disney may have taught us, fairy tale endings are not something that simply happens as we walk off into the sunset holding hands. What we don’t learn in the fairy tales is the “Happily Ever After” lasts about 6 months to 2 years and then relationships shift into old patterns.

Love and relationships can feel very confusing. One minute we might be falling in love with a partner who we imagine will make our life exciting, fulfilled, and full of possibility. Later we find ourselves locked in a cycle of arguments, disagreements, and possibly losing sight of what we first saw in our partner. What’s going on here?

The decision to participate in therapy can be one of the best investments you make in yourself and your relationship. So often, couples who participate say they wish they had started sooner. Relationship therapists are uniquely trained to look at problems and life challenges within the context that they exist in your life. We cannot change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges in your life. Most couples come to therapy because of a breakdown, on some level, in communication. This may show itself in repetitive arguments, an unsatisfactory sexual relationship or a growing sense of separation or lack of connection.

Often couples initially come to therapy in order to get the pain in the relationship to stop. The early focus often includes reducing the negative communication between the partners and increasing the positive. Couples grow more skillful as they use tools that create empathy and understanding while reducing frustrations and hurt.  The challenge in a relationship is to create an environment in which each partner is seen, heard and validated which can lead to healing and growth.

Whether you are married, life-partners, dating, committed or engaged, therapy can benefit all couples and teach them a healthy way of communicating to grow their relationship even stronger.

Feeling overwhelmed or stuck in your relationship? Having arguments, anger, lack of appreciation, broken trust or other issues taken away the connection and romance between you and your loved one? Are you already in a healthy place but just want to learn more skills to strengthen your bond?

Good news is – you don’t have to suffer in silence nor do you have to end the relationship.

Couples therapy is a great tool that can prevent these outcomes and grow your connection. As a licensed therapist, I can help you navigate the challenges that love and relationships often bring.

Get ahead with couples’ therapy

My goal is to empower couples to

  • Talk about their problems and concerns
  • Uncover and resolve unspoken or subtle issues that create tension between them
  • Improve listening and communication skills
  • Experience increased joy, satisfaction, and understanding in the relationship
  • Develop awareness of each other’s emotions
  • Find healthy ways to resolve conflict
  • Cope with differences
  • Repair insecurities and broken trust issues
  • Enhance intimacy

… and much more!

Make a smart investment

If you and your loved one have been hesitating to participate in couples therapy because you fear that you will be judged or misunderstood, I want to ease those concerns. Most of the couples who participate in therapy often say they wish they had started sooner!

My training and experience as a therapist allow me to view relationship problems in the right context and from both perspectives of the couple. I specialize in offering unbiased insights and practical tools that support couples in resolving conflict and reconnecting with each other.

Whether you are married, life-partners, dating, committed or engaged, therapy can benefit you. It is the best investment that you can make in the relationship and yourself. Reach out today!

Favorite Quotes

sunflowerWhy the sunflower as an icon you ask? I describe relationships as being similar to the context of a flower.

  • Connection, much like a flower requires light, attention, care, and touch. It can be delicate yet bring joy, color and beauty along with it.  Without the necessary needs met, much like the flower, connection can wilt and wither.
  • The sunflower represents feelings of adoration, admiration, lasting happiness and love towards a person.
  • Loyalty and strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem.
  • Seeks out positivity and strength, as the bloom turns to face the sun and stays resilient as remains in full bloom for months on end, even during the hottest days.