2863 Executive Park Drive, Suite 106
Weston, Florida 33331
954-358-5788
Monica Arroyo LCSW, Shawnda Burns LMHC & Associates
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Couples Counseling

In my work with couples I attempt to provide a setting in which both partners can safely explore their relationship, better understand their difficulties, and bring about desired change. Couples need to be able to discuss sensitive topics without becoming defensive or attacking. I help couples safely explore difficult issues from each person�s perspective. I attempt to clarify and improve your communication, increase understanding, and help you work towards solutions.

My work with couples includes pre-marital, marital, and relationship counseling. Some of the issues that I help couples address are:
  • Resolving communication problems
  • Premarital concerns
  • Turning anger and conflict into healthy and caring conversations
  • Developing ways to talk about jealousy, anger, sex, money, and other sensitive subjects
  • Working through infidelity or commitment issues
  • Learning to communicate so that your partner can better understand your needs
  • Understanding and resolving repetitive patterns that keep couples stuck
  • Dealing with the emotional challenges of infertility, third party family planning, and adoption

When to pursue couples therapy?
Sometimes couples put therapy off until their relationship is at the breaking point. When they come to the office they are in crisis, hoping that therapy can save their relationship. In my work with couples I have found that it is far more advantageous for couples to come to therapy at the "tune-up" stage when their relationship is still "running" though perhaps not as smoothly as both partners would like. Therapy can still be of value when couples are in crisis; however, it requires that both partners understand that it will take time to sort things out and be willing to tolerate painful and difficult feelings.

What benefits can be expected from couples therapy?
The benefits of couples therapy vary based on the issues for which couples seek therapy and the motivation of each partner. For some couples, the desire to end fighting and arguing is what is sought. Others may be struggling with issues related to trust or commitment. Below are some examples of the types of benefits that couples might achieve:

  • Improved communication
  • Reduced conflict
  • Greater awareness and understanding of each others needs
  • Anger management skills
  • A realization that their relationship could not work
  • A decision to get married, start a family, or get back together
  • Improved sexual relationship
  • Reduced jealousy

Getting started
Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you would like to arrange an initial consultation. I find that the best way to see if I am a good fit for you is to meet in person. After a consultation period of one to three sessions I will make initial treatment recommendations. If your problem is outside my range of experience and expertise, I will help locate a more appropriate treatment source for you.

You may contact me by filling out the Contact form or by phone at 954-358-5788.



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