Marriage counseling and couple's therapy

Marriage counseling can be useful to couple's wishing to improve their relationship. Beyond practicing psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Dr. Friedman has considerable training and experience in marriage counseling. In the early 1980's, Dr. Friedman completed specialized training in marriage counseling and couple's therapy. She devotes a significant part of her practice to working with couples. From her work, she has come to appreciate that good marriage counseling can transform a relationship.

Her experience has been consistent with clinical research findings showing that marriage counseling can help even very distressed couples.

Marriage counseling (couple's therapy) helps couples to:

  • step into each other's shoes and understand each other's perspectives
  • develop a mutually agreed upon way to approach child (and, adolescent) rearing
  • blend families
  • deal with infidelity
  • deal with problems with intimacy
  • work on sexual difficulties
  • deepen their understanding of, and empathy for, each other
  • strengthen their marriage or relationship
  • assess whether their relationship concerns are optimally addressed in, individual therapy, marriage counseling, both or in some other way
  • deal with strains associated with extended family members, such as in-laws
  • address work-a-holism
  • deal with traumatic losses
  • co-parent during or following a divorce
  • co-parent during a parent's illness
  • integrate a new step parent after the death of a parent (both while children are still at home and after they become adults)
  • figure out how to help an adult child who is having difficulty launching into the world of school or work
  • deal with anger, rage and hurt
Make an appointment or learn more about her. Individuals and/or couples who are uncertain as to whether their difficulties would respond best to an individual or marital therapy are welcome to call her: 301.656.9650

Read this series of articles to learn more about marriage (and, couple's) counseling.

Seeking a consultation with Washington DC psychologist Dr. Friedman? Feel free to give her a call at: 301.656.9650

5480 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
(1/2 block from the redline, Friendship Heights Metro)

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