"Conflict is an opportunity to learn how to love each other better over time."
-Dr. John Gottman
Even the healthiest of couples experience some degree of conflict. What keeps a couple happy and healthy is addressing these issues respectfully and directly.
I have experience helping couples navigate difficult matters, including repairing trust after an affair, improving communication patterns, breaking toxic fighting cycles, managing the stress of parenting, and facing issues that have been swept under the rug.
Dr. John Gottman, a leading researcher of couples for over four decades, discovered three research-proven indicators of happy and healthy relationships:
1. Treating your partner like a good friend
2. Handling conflict in gentle and positive ways
3. Being able to repair after conflicts and negative interactions
Fortunately, these indicators can be built. Through couples counseling, you can gain insight into your relationship dynamics, stop conflicts before they start, implement more effective communication and conflict-resolution techniques, and repair any lingering issues or emotional pain that you're still holding onto.