Doug seeks first to understand, and to help individuals in relationship understand one another. He will help you explore the past for clues to the present, and identify effective tools for crafting your future.
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Attachment theory explores basic human relational needs, especially as met in parent-child relationships during developmental formation, and influencing later relationships.
EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)
EFT helps clients identify their emotions, explore and experience them, understand them, and manage them. The approach believes that emotions can be changed, by first arriving at the maladaptive emotion in session, and then learning to transform it. EFT for couples seeks to break negative emotion cycles within relationships, emphasizing the importance of the attachment bond between couples. Nurturing the attachment bonds and an empathetic understanding of each other's emotions can break the cycles. (adapted from Psychology Today)
Dr. John Gottman (The Gottman Institute, University of Washington) has scientifically researched couples for four decades. His findings are distilled in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, which identifies the six destructive patterns that lead to relationship demise, and the seven principles—or patterns—that he has observed in "master couples." These proven patterns become the goal and measure for the development of a strong marriage through Gottman Method Couples Therapy
I am trained as an Educator for The Gottman Institute's Seven Principles Program, and have received Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that can be incorporated alongside other treatment modalities to process experiences whose memories, when triggered, are disturbing and result in maladaptive responses. Originally proven effective with victims of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the technique also has developed protocols for dealing with panic attacks, complicated grief, abuse or neglect, disturbing memories, phobias, performance anxiety, and other conditions. EMDR works through bilateral stimulation of the brain. The left and right hemispheres of the brain are stimulated though non-electric, non-invasive physical movement (originally eye movement), while the patient is guided to focus on an unprocessed or maladaptivley processed memory. Successful treatment results in less disturbance of the body, mind, and emotions when a specific negative experience is triggered, and a more adaptive way of responding to triggers.
Prepare/Enrich is an online customized couple assessment tool that identifies a couple's similarities, differences, strengths, and areas for growth. It is one of the most widely used inventories for to assist couples and counselors in premarital and marital counseling. The results provide a useful basis for tailoring the discussion of relationship skills to the particular couple.
PERSONALITY & TEMPERAMENT PROFILES
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II (KTS-II) is a 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals identify their basic temperament type (Artisan™, Guardian™, Rational™ and Idealist™). Recognizing how one another's innate "wiring" is alike and how it is different can go a long way toward helping a couple understand, accept and love each other.