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Kathleen W. Shack, M.S., LMFT
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Couples Counseling

Are you frustrated in your current relationship? Do you and your partner seem to have the same arguments over and over again? Are you tired of making improvements that do not last? If your partner tells you things aren’t good, pay attention. Don’t dismiss their complaints. Don’t wait until it’s too late. I can help. I specialize in couples counseling. I work with couples to help them understand how one another's perspectives, beliefs and life history play roles in the current relationship and assist them in finding a balance that creates harmony. I have years of experience working with new couples, blended families and couples who have been together for over 20 years who are seeking assistance.

I have found that one of the strongest predictors of a healthy relationship is each partner's ability to give their spouse the benefit of the doubt. If you are not able to give your spouse the benefit of the doubt, you need to make some changes. You need to become better friends, learn about each other again and re-discover one another. Giving each other the benefit of the doubt is the key to cooperation in times of conflict. I guide couples through this journey of rediscovery so that they not only build a stronger marriage, but a stronger friendship as well.

I have various inventories that I use with couples to define strength and growth areas. It is important to assess various relationship areas such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, Personality Issues, Financial Management, Sexual Expectations, Marital Satisfaction, Leisure Activities, Children and Parenting, Family and Friends, Expectations and Cohabitation Issues, Idealistic Distortion, Role Relationship and Spiritual Beliefs. Personality issues such as Assertiveness, Self Confidence, Avoidance and Partner Dominance. Couple and Family Map scales look at Family-of-Origin Closeness, Family-of-Origin Flexibility, Couple Closeness and Couple Flexibility. One of the assessment inventories I use is the Prepare/Enrich Inventory by David Olson, Ph.D., which assesses all the above relationship areas in each of his five couple inventories. Please go to www.prepare-enrich.com for further information about these inventories and David Olson, Ph.D. There is a charge for these inventories.

Sessions with couples are weekly until it is deemed that they can be spaced out according to each couple's progress and needs. Homework is assigned to couples at each session and reviewed at the next session. I see both of you together for the first session, then each partner comes to an individual session and then all sessions thereafter are together. This is important because your couples therapy needs to be fair, balanced, equal, and impartial.

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