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Dedicated To Helping Couples Thrive In Relationships
Eric & Erica Specialize In Helping Couples of All Backgrounds, Cultures & Ethnicities
Marriages aren't 50-50, only divorces are. In a healthy and satisfying marriage, you and your spouse EACH needs to give the relationship 100% effort, desire, love, motivation, compassion, and empathy. Common misperceptions of successful marriages are reflected in the phrases: "2-halves becoming 1" and "Happy Wife - Happy Life." Rather, we view relationships as 2 individuals joining together to form a successful and powerful "Relationship." Mathematically, think of it not as "1+ 1 = 2" but as "1 + 1 = 3."
Couples Seek Our Marriage Counseling Services To Solve Problems Impacting Their Marriage
Communication issues are the most common "problem" that cause couples to seek our expert help. You are likely asking yourself one or more of these questions: Why do we keep fighting about the same issue? Why does it feel like we're living in gridlock? Why have we focused on being "right" than being "accommodating?" Why does it feel like a tug-of-war instead of working on the relationship's needs and desires? Do you often feel that whatever you say you are "wrong" or feel "imprisoned" by your words? We Help Couples To Communicate Effectively!
Infidelity and mistrust often destroy relationships. The victim of the infidelity often questions not only their partner's motives - but their own identity. They morph into the role of detective and seek detailed answers from their partner. They often ask questions such as "Why did it happen?," "How did it happen?," "When did it happen?," "Why me/us?," "Can we ever recover?," "Can I ever trust him/her again?," "What's wrong with me?," or "Tell me what I did wrong or how I may have caused it somehow?" We Help Couples To Heal & Recover By Rebuilding Trust & Safety.
A study of parents revealed that a vast majority were less satisfied with their marital relationship after children than before children. Common issues that we help parents navigate are: (i) holding similar values and morals, but having different parenting styles; (ii) creating a strong parental unit to avoid triangulating children in the couple relationship; and (iii) step-family and step-parent dynamics and challenges. We also have experience working with parents after divorce. In "co-parenting" therapy the focus is on creating a peaceful environment for future communications and decision-making - and not an exploration of past problems. We Help Couples To Overcome Parenting Challenges.
Intimacy in relationships often means different things to each partner. For some, it may be associated with sex. For others, it may be more about an emotional vulnerability and connection. We help couples overcome the intimacy challenges in their relationship by opening-up their communication to focus on better understanding the meaning their partner places on the intimacy - rather than just providing couples with basic and simple exercises found all over the internet. Common issues include: (i) changes in physical intimacy; (ii) various sexual needs at different stages of life; and (iii) the impact of infidelity or "emotional cheating." We Help Couples To Create Deeper Intimacy Levels.
A couple's strong bond is special and the foundation of the relationship. Eric & Erica expertly help couples to repair their relationship when in jeopardy of falling apart. We then focus on providing the couple with techniques and creative interventions to strengthen the core of the relationship. Our goal is short-term therapy focused on measurable outcomes and achievable goals.
We Are A Happily Married Couple Helping Other Couples To Thrive By Offering Marriage Counseling
Eric and Erica are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. We have been happily married for 23+ years. We have two teenage children, a boy and a girl, and have been through many challenges in life that often break-up couples and marriages. However, rather than destroy our relationship, we intentionally chose to join forces to focus of the needs of our relationship - and not solely our individual needs - to overcome and conquer those immense difficult and overwhelming situations. As a couple, we work together with other couples in our unique and innovative co-therapy format.
Our experience working with many couples has confirmed our belief that men and women often have concerns that working only with a male or female therapist may favor the male or female member of the couple unit. We believe that people's perceptions are their reality, and that such perceptions -- regardless if objectively true or untrue -- can inhibit the development of an effective client -therapist relationship (i.e., trust, safety and comfort being vulnerable in sessions). As a husband and wife team, we intentionally ensure that our couples feel we are fair, non-judgmental, and never "take-sides" against either partner.
Couples benefit from our ability to combine individual perspectives about life, marriage, relationships, children, extended families, therapeutic models used and preferred interventions, into a coherent approach. Our goal is to be "a couple helping another couple" nurture, strengthen and grow their relationship.
Married couples may desire a marriage therapist because they are seeking quick solutions. They want to leave each session with a handout or specific "trick" that they can use when they go home. We don't believe in this "bandaid" approach to couple's counseling. Erica and Eric believe that simply scraping away the scab will not produce long-term lasting change in the couple's interactional patterns of behavior. Rather, we focus on removing the scab, deep cleaning the relational wound of its poisonous bacteria, and then working with the couple to suture the wound back up to grow a permanent and minimally visible scar. If you want surface-level marriage counseling, we aren't a good fit for you. If you want long-term lasting change, let us help you today.
It's a No-Brainer!
In the single therapist experience (left image), One Therapist is the only go-between with the couple & the discussion is very limited and restricted.
Co-Therapy with Husband & Wife Team Eric & Erica (right image), allows the dialogue, analysis, and interactions are spread among all 4-people in the room - creating a balanced, interactive and effective environment
Who Am I?
ERICA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Family Trauma Professional and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I've earned Masters Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as in Education.
PASSIONATE, experienced and sensitive therapist specializing in working with Teenagers, Adolescents, Women, Couples and Families. I accept my clients where they are in life – and do not focus on changing them. It takes tremendous courage to face your fears, address your weaknesses and ask for help, guidance and compassion from another person. Allow me the honor to show you the respect you deserve, and embrace your stories and unique experiences with the goal of helping you reach your dreams, overcome difficulties, and thrive as you traverse life’s paths towards Discovering your True Destiny..
Who Am I?
ERIC is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an attorney with 25+ years experience and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
NON-JUDGMENTAL, empathetic and experienced therapist specializing in helping Couples, Men, Families and Professionals. During my life’s journey, I have gone through periods where I felt overwhelmed, stuck or simply confused as to how to open-up and explore my emotions as a man in our society. I understand the challenge that men often experience letting down their guard to freely explore their emotions in their lives and relationships.
AFFORDABLY priced private-pay session fees accommodate almost all budgets. We also offer the convenient choice of either 50-minute or 80-minute sessions at our reasonable private pay rates.
CONTROL of the therapist-client relationship, including the number, frequency and length of sessions, are solely made by ourselves, as therapists, and you, as the couple.
CO-THERAPY with the husband/wife team of Erica and Eric is a unique experience. Can you put a price tag on the benefit of having two therapists (husband/wife and male/female) working with you at the same time? .
Many couples that first come to work with us are caught in a vicious cycle of negative inferences of their partner. When one partner does 'x', the other partner tends to immediately assume a negative interpretation of 'x' or of their partner's intentions in choosing to do 'x'. We break that cycle.
Couples often have difficulty expressing their emotions and feelings to one another without it leading to argument, and resentment. We give them a safe place to express themselves, and develop communication skills to better understand each partner's thoughts and feelings.
Unfortunately, many couples in today's world are dealing with the current implications of infidelity, or the past wounds of an affair that still are present like a ghost in their relationship. We help partners to safely explore infidelity, and heal and recover from the pain and mistrust.
Some relationships exhibit certain well-researched negative characteristics of relationships: Criticism; Contempt; Defensiveness; Stonewalling. We teach couples to recognize these negative behaviors, and to engage in specific actions to act as antidotes to create healthier interactions.
The average length of time that couples report waiting before seeking help. (Gottman, J.M. 1994)
The percentage of people who say they have attended couple's counseling.(MNU Survey 2017)
The percentage of couples who found therapy to be helpful to very helpful.
(MNU Survey 2017)
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Having them allows for both husband and wife to feel comfortable...
"Eric and Erica are both wonderful!! They opened my eyes up to things I never thought of before and taught me not only skills I can use in my relationship, but in life. Having them both in couples therapy allows for both husband and wife to feel comfortable and feel as if the therapy isn’t one sided. Thank you both for everything!."
Eric and Erica were such a blessing in our lives and helped us...
"My wife and I were having some challenges in our marriage. I started looking for some counseling or couples therapy, but felt torn between a male therapist and a female therapist. Eric and Erica were such a blessing in our lives and helped us to get our marriage and our relationship back on track. I would highly recommend them to anyone, especially couples!"
I think he is a great therapist...and makes people feel comfortable...
" Eric was a great help during a difficult transitory period in my life. He accurately assessed my underlying issues, and regularly brought attention to several recurring thoughts & circumstances, many of which I was unaware of. I think he is a great therapist, and is able to make people from almost any background and perspective feel comfortable with sharing their problems with him..."
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