If you and your partner are having difficulty I sincerely hope that you will avail yourselves of an evaluation with a professional.
Here are some of the most common problems that bring couples to seek counseling:
When a couple comes in for the first time, I begin by getting a feel for the reasons they are seeking help. If it looks like my services could be useful, the next step is to do an in-depth assessment which covers the couple’s history as well as each person’s background. This requires a few sessions.
By the time we conclude the assessment we have a shared understanding of the issues that brought the couple to seek counseling as well as a working understanding of the history that led up to those issues.
From this understanding we formulate the goals for counseling – if that is indicated and desired.
A further benefit of this process is that we get to know each other before the counseling actually begins. We embark on counseling only if there is a “good fit” between us.
I have a wealth of training and experience working with couples. In the past, I have taught graduate level coursework on the treatment of couples. I have a very pragmatic approach to counseling – fitting my interventions to the issues and the couple’s goals.
My offices are in Chicago and Skokie, IL. If you are in the Chicago metro area and wish to discuss setting up an evaluation, do ring me up.