Psychotherapy with Couples

When couples “fall” in love they tune into each other with childhood sensitivity. They become exquisitely vulnerable to each other and often can be easily hurt. Over time, a couple may forget their passion, how to be playful and how to enjoy being with each other.

Come work with me as a couple and maybe you will be surprised to discover new roads to comfort and happiness and joy being together.

When I work with couples, I create a safe environment so that you feel comfortable enough with me to be able to say to your partner what you might not be able to say alone. My job is to be with each of you, listening with my heart. As a professional, I take no sides. We explore how you may have learned over time to trigger each other into uncomfortable places automatically, perhaps unconsciously. You can discover the roots of your discomfort, finding words to say what is true for you. New insights about yourselves can make it possible to become more open and accepting of each other. When one partner listens to the other and hears what he or she may never have realized, a new feeling of compassion can develop.

Couples may discover in therapy the uncomfortable fact that the love they had seems no longer strong enough to make each other happy. They find relief in sharing this truth. Then together they can choose how to move their relationship into the future.

I enjoy working with couples. No matter how difficult their relationship has been, it is often inspiring to watch how they can develop their ability to tune into each other in loving and fulfilling ways. I love working with couples because I myself can be surprised at their capacity to grow and truly learn to love themselves and each other.

Jane A. Parsons-Fein, LCSW, BCD. DAHB, a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia School of Social Work, is President of the Parsons-Fein Training Institute for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis in New York City. In her work she integrates the hypnotic approaches of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., Virginia Satir, and Moshe Feldenkrais.
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