Couples Therapy

Welcome to Creating Healthy Connections (CHC), the place to find the help and healing for your most important and treasured relationships.  Coming out of the dark and into the light of love and caring is one of the most important journeys you can take.   Sadly, when we become disconnected from those that matter most, it can leave us 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 cause us to merely exist or give up. Let’s face it, when we are lonely, not being heard, or feeling like a failure, we may feel depressed, have anxiety, PTSD and adjustment issues.  This is how important those closest to us really are.

Carol Corcoran, LCMFT, LMFT  the only Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist in the Anne Arundel area, has over 25 years of experience working with relationships.  Carol safely and supportively guides couples towards reconnection by bridging the gap of loneliness and disconnection with an astounding therapy known as Emotionally Focused Therapy created and developed by Dr. Susan Johnson.  Let Carol help you with your significant, primary relationship.

Here at CHC, you will not see multiple therapists renting space and working with multiple clients using multiple therapeutic modalities.  There is one laser focus, EFT, to help your relationship  find a way towards healing and connection.

Carol Corcoran, LCMFT can be reached at 443-254-0686 and is located in Severna Park MD, not far from Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C. 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 with some of these questions:

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 goes 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. I don’t know what to do?

Can we ever get the feelings back we once had?

These concerns and others can be addressed at CHC.  Many of the couples who successfully complete the process of EFT at CHC, 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:

  • 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
  • improved sleep
  • improved mood
  • better and more frequent intimacy
  • more confidence, decreased stress and more energy
  • improved performance at work

As 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, providing them with a healthy, loving, relationship,  which in turn sets your kids up for success in their future relationships.

Basically, the goal of EFT with CHC 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, thereby creating more moments of loving connection. 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 can 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 here at HoldMeTight to learn more.

In the past, Carol has used some of the most effective and well researched therapeutic approaches throughout her years as a therapist. However, after seeing and experiencing the stunning results of EFT, she now works exclusively with EFT.  EFT is a complex and well researched and emperically validated model that has 3 stages and 9 steps and has been proven to have a 70-90% success-rate. 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.