HOPE, LOVE, INTIMACY, CONNECTION
Do you want to learn how to re-romanticize your relationship, resolve conflict, recover from betrayal, improve communication and grow together as a couple? Linda Grande, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Sex Therapist, works with couples who want to have a happy and loving relationship. Using tools as an Imago Relationship Therapist, couples learn how to move from conflict and disconnection to a place of connection, love, and joy.
Navigating the changes that take place during the life of a relationship can be very challenging. By creating a safe environment, couples learn how to use the Imago dialogue to grow their relationship in a positive direction.
Imago Relationship Therapy is a very effective way to help couples to re-connect, resolve conflict, learn better communication techniques, and re-kindle passion and romance in the relationship. Linda Grande also incorporates The Gottman Relationship Check-Up, an online questionnaire, to help identify areas of strength and needed growth.
Whether you are looking for individual counseling, couples therapy, or marriage counseling, starting therapy is an important decision and not one to be taken lightly. With this in mind, Linda Grande offers all potential new clients a 20-minute virtual consultation over a HIPPA secure telemedicine platform. This consultation provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and her to learn what you want to work on. After your initial free online consultation, if you decide that you want to work with Linda Grande we will schedule your first online counseling appointment.
Romantic love is the first stage of love in which we feel ecstasy and infatuation. The chemical Phenylethylamine (PEA) is released in our brain making us feel wonderful, whole, joyful, and alive. When we first met our partner, we felt a sense of comfort and familiarity. We said to ourselves, “I feel so complete with you,” “I know we will live happily together forever,” and “I feel like I have known you my whole life.” Imago Relationship Therapy, a form of Couples Counseling and Marriage Counseling, believes that attraction to our partner is based on the positive and negative traits and characteristics of our childhood caretakers. This attraction, to what is familiar, takes place on an unconscious level.
Unfortunately, this wonderful stage of Romantic love only lasts for a maximum of 18 months. The second stage of the unconscious love relationship is The Power Struggle. Here we think and ask, “What happened to the person I fell in love with,” “Why are you so different from the person I married,” and “Where did it all go wrong?” We are now in shock that the relationship has changed so dramatically, and we begin to feel angry, depressed, disillusioned, and frustrated. We attempt to get our partner to behave differently through shame, blame, and criticism. Of course, these attempts do little to make things better and usually make things even worse. We think, “I must be with the wrong person” and “I don’t understand what happened.” It is at this stage that couples either split up or stay together, living in conflict or in a parallel marriage.
Imago Couples Therapy offers hope for all couples – married, dating, as well as pre-marital couples. Imago teaches skills enabling couples to have a fulfilling, conscious, and connected loving relationship. The only requirement is a desire and commitment to work on your relationship!
Committing to the relationship and doing the work will lead to a conscious relationship and eventually one filled with joy, safety, and more passion.