Couples Therapy

If you have arrived at this site it is because you are in search of help your for your primary relationship, the most important relationship in your life, besides your children. When you become disconnected from those that matter most, it leaves you feeling sad and depressed, even anxious and hopeless. This can turn into sleepless nights, difficulty concentrating and not knowing how to manage.   Worse yet, feeling numb and shut down may take over. As the struggle between the two of you grows, the sensation of feeling physically drained can lead to bouts of anger, loneliness and worse yet, a sense of hopelessness and failure. Let’s face it, when we are lonely, not being heard, or feeling like a failure, this can result in depression, anxiety, PTSD and adjustment issues can hijack us as well. That is how important those closest to us really are.

Carol Corcoran, LCMFT, LMFT is the only Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist in the Anne Arundel area.  She safely and supportively guides couples towards reconnection by bridging the gap of loneliness and disconnection with an astounding therapy known as Emotionally Focused Therapy,.  Let her help you with your significant, primary relationship.

Carol Corcoran, LCMFT can be reached at 443-254-0686 and is located in Severna Park MD, not far from Annapolis, Baltimore and the Crofton area. Here at Creating Healthy Connections the foremost goal is to help couples struggling for close connection, find their way back towards each other’s hearts and build a relationship that is stronger and more connected than ever.

Relationships are fraught with many challenges, everything from communication struggles to intimacy issues. If you are reaching out for help you may question your relationship and ask:

What happened and how did we get so off track?

I feel as though I am just going through the motions of a relationship without real, intimate connection.

It is as though we are constantly having the same arguments that go nowhere but in circles.

I feel more alone in the relationship than when I am physically alone.

I love my partner, but I am not in love anymore and haven’t felt that sense of connection for a long time.

Can we ever get the feelings back we once had?

These concerns and others, can be shifted with EFT.  What results can you expect to see from attending EFT couples therapy? Couples who successfully complete the process of EFT counseling, experience results such as:

  • improved communication
  • feeling supported and understood by their partners
  • finally being able to connect with each other again
  • understanding the types of cyclical, intense, heated, fights they get into and learning how to stop them, thereby allowing them to enjoy their relationship and begin to get closer

A happy and healthy relationship affects all aspects of one’s life. So, depending on how your relationship problems are manifesting,  you may experience some or many of the following as a result of a secure and happy relationship:

  • improved sleep
  • improved mood
  • better and more frequent intimacy
  • more confidence, decreased stress and more energy
  • improved performance at work
  • reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression and or PTSD
  • better physical health and wellbeing
  • feeling cherished by your partner and actually cherishing him/her in return

If you are parents, there is a ripple effect your improved relationship can have on your kids.  The kids may feel more relaxed when they see their parents interacting in loving ways.  Improved connection will also provide the added benefit of knowing that you are becoming positive role models for your children, showing them what a healthy, loving, relationship looks, which in turn sets your kids up for success in their future relationships.

Basically, the goal of EFT couples therapy is to assist you, as a couple, understand the old patterns that hijack your relationship and help you  find new ways to alter those emotional and behavioral patterns together. This allows you to feel better understood and no longer feel emotionally out of control in your relationship. Once safe enough to understand your relationship patterns and how you got off track with each other, you will be further aided to create a deeper more meaningful level of connection where you will begin to build a bridge to each other’s hearts and compassionately face one another in new and healthier ways.

Carol Corcoran, LCMFT, LMFT, has trained under Dr. Susan Johnson, the Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc. for her initial externship. Watch Sue Johnson’s EFT presentation at HoldMeTight to learn more.

Carol has typically used the most effective and well researched therapeutic approaches throughout her years as a therapist and is currently working primarily with EFT.  EFT is a complex and well researched model that has 3 stages and 9 steps and has been proven to be extremely well  researched. Through the process of EFT, and in combination with a safe nurturing therapeutic approach, Carol assists partners in better being able to share their deeper feelings more safely with one another.