Couples & Marriage Counseling
It’s a common misconception that couples counseling means your relationship is having difficulties; however, at Clarity Clinic we believe all couples may benefit from counseling. Relationships may be affected by stress at work, becoming new parents, or sometimes specific disorders such as anxiety, depression, or anger management issues.
Our couples counselors and marriage counselors assist clients as they work together in couples therapy to identify and resolve the conflicting behaviors and patterns that are preventing the relationship from progressing. Our counselor’s help couples apply goal-oriented efforts toward building a healthy relationship based on respect, support and trust.
No matter your age, marital status, or sexual orientation our licensed staff will tailor to the needs of the couple. We pride ourselves on valuing ones culture, race, religion and gender as key components of identity within couples counseling and marriage counseling.
Several of Clarity Clinic’s licensed counselors are also certified Prepare/Enrich facilitators. Prepare and Enrich is a customized couples assessment completed online that identifies a couples strength and growth areas. It is one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling, premarital education, marriage counseling, marriage enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement.
Based upon a couple’s assessment results, a trained facilitator provides 5 feedback sessions in which the facilitator helps the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
With 20 years of outcome and process research to draw upon, Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFT) is one of the most empirically validated approaches to couples therapy. EFT is a brief systemic approach that assumes that couple distress is maintained by: 1) the ways in which partners organize and process their emotional experiences, and 2) the patterns of interaction they engage in as a result of their emotions. This approach has been proven to help decrease, eliminate and prevent couple conflict and distress by helping partners to create a secure bond. This secure bond is the key element in working through disagreements and attaining that happy, satisfying and fulfilling partnership you have either desperately missed, or have been searching for your whole life.
The program helps couples:
Insurance is not accepted for Prepare and Enrich sessions. Please contact us for more information.
Whether your family needs counseling on specific issues or guidance in navigating through family dynamics and relationships, family therapy can help. It has been shown that at times individual’s psychological problems or life stressors may be difficult to understand or treat in isolation from the family context. Incorporating the family into counseling sessions can not only help at an individual level, but also provide support for the family as a whole.
Family may be defined as anyone who plays a long-term or substantial role in one’s life. Often times this may include family members who are not in the same household or individuals who are not blood related.
At Clarity Clinic we are committed to strengthening and healing families from all walks of life. Through counseling and psychotherapy we provide support in areas such as:
Family therapy can help develop and maintain healthy boundaries, as well as create cohesion and communication. Family members are able to process through issues in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment. Licensed members of Clarity Clinic’s staff can help guide your family to a path of empathy, understanding, and decreased conflict.
Natasha Williams, LMFTA
Since 2013 I have utilized my education in marriage and family therapy as well as training in PREPARE/ENRICH and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my approach to helping couples improve their relationships. I work to build rapport with both partners and hold each person accountable for their role in the relationship’s issues. Throughout the course of couple’s therapy, partners rediscover their friendship, bring back some fun, improve emotional and physical intimacy, and develop lasting communication skills, leaving them well-equipped to tackle future obstacles side by side.
Natalie Stanish, MS, LMFTA
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I work side-by-side with couples to help them overcome conflict and re-establish their bonds and commitment to each other. My work with couples is non-blaming, strength-based, and focuses on helping partners communicate in new and healthy ways, re-discover intimacy and closeness, and create trusting bonds that lead to a more fulfilling and passionate relationship. Utilizing evidence-based approaches including Emotionally-Focused Couple's Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapy, I treat each couple uniquely and adjust my approach to fit the specific needs and strengths of each couple. Trained in PREPARE/ENRICH- one of the most widely used programs for premarital counseling and premarital education- I also guide pre-marital couples in gaining a greater understanding of each other and feeling confident about their long future and life together.
Ernestina Perez, LPC
Ernestina Perez is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ernestina approaches the therapy relationship in a collaborative, non-judgmental, warm, and compassionate manner. She aims towards creating a space of mutual presence, respect, attunement, and resonance. Ernestina uses mindfulness techniques and a strength-based approach to bring out resilience and coping strategies that might further facilitate growth and empowerment. As your therapist, Ernestina will work to assist you to achieve more balance, adopt a healthier outlook, gain insight, and help you to find a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding in your daily life. Ernestina has experience working with individuals and couples and is fluent in Spanish.