Bride and Groom

Pre-Marital Counseling

Marriage starts with a promise and a party. Developing and maintaining a healthy long-term marriage starts with Pre-Marital Counseling.

Kathleen Shack talks with couples about their marriage hopes and expectations, putting one another first, and how to be patient, kind and respectful even in times of conflict.

Using the Prepare-Enrich Assessment results, couples learn:

  • Strength and growth areas of the relationship
  • Assertiveness, active listening
  • Stress management
  • Conflict management tools
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Family of origin impacts
  • Personality assessment
  • Individual, couple, family goals
Couples Counseling

couples counseling

Has your partner told you things aren’t going well? Pay attention! Don’t dismiss their complaints! Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Kathleen can help. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, Kathleen Shack has 20 years of experience and has received extensive training and education focused on working with couples.

Research-based interventions help couples strengthen their friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared goals and meaning.

  • Positive interactions replace negative conflict patterns
  • Emotional connection and intimacy are deepened
  • Past hurts are repaired, including addictions and affairs
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Long Term Relationships

  • 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?
  • How well do you know your partner’s worries, stresses, joys, and hopes?

Using research-based interventions, Kathleen can help you build a stronger relationship and friendship. Goals include increasing intimacy, respect and affection.

Common areas of focus in couples counseling are conflict management, affair recovery, addiction recovery as a couple, emotional distance, communication, money, and parenting.

Certified Gottman Therapist

Gottman method couples counseling

Kathleen Shack is a Certified Gottman Therapist. She uses this model in couples counseling and couples groups. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20 years of experience, being a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist shows that Kathleen has received extensive training and education focused on working with couples.

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough 4-step assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

Couple in CounselingWith couples, I hold 90-minute sessions so that there is enough time for you both to learn how to dialogue about perpetual (unsolvable) problems, and work on solvable problems. 90-minutes also provide time to dedicate a portion of the session to focus on strengths. There is a 4-step assessment process gives couples clarity and confidence about next steps for your relationship.

There are 2 online inventories that new clients complete to evaluate different areas of your relationship. One inventory is the Gottman Checkup by Dr. John Gottman, from which I have received extensive training regarding couples assessment and counseling. The second online tool, Prepare-Enrich by Dr. David Olson, assesses 20 relationship areas, strength and growth areas, includes a couples report and workbook exercises based on your inventory answers. 

The Sound Relationship House Model

Couples Learn How To:

  • Rebuild Trust
  • Respect one another
  • Have fondness and admiration
  • Give the benefit of the doubt
  • Value one another
  • Consider one another’s perspectives and feelings
  • Create shared meaning
  • Compromise
  • Restore romance and intimacy
Sound Relationship House

Next Steps...

For more information and a free phone consultation, call or email Kathleen today!