What is relationship therapy?
Our relationships have a tremendous influence over our quality of life and happiness. We can thrive when our connection to others is good. And we may suffer from loneliness, anxiety, and depression if they are stressful, hurtful, or cold. Research also shows that we become more vulnerable to illness and a compromised immune system under these conditions.
Relationship therapy is designed to alleviate stress in relationships, and to help them thrive. Not just for couples, it allows individuals to start the momentum of positive change.
When a close relationship is a source of stress, we try various ways to make things better. If those efforts don’t work, we may experience anxiety, depression, or both.
Therapies specifically for depression and anxiety normally focus on those problems and can help. However, they do not focus on relationship repair and strengthening the individual in the relationship setting, when the relationship is at the center of that depression or anxiety. Relationship Therapy is designed to address that difference.
The office building that includes this practice space complies with the latest guidelines from the State of Connecticut and the CDC. If the guidelines allow, vaccinated people do not need to wear masks inside the building or practice office. Evergreen Relationship therapists are fully vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and feel more comfortable wearing a mask, your therapist will wear one as well. If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you and your therapist must wear a mask. Our office also has an air filtering system capable of capturing particles as small as a virus.
If you have any health condition that makes you more vulnerable, telehealth appointments are available for individuals and couples.
Your comfort and safety are the top priority.
What areas do you serve?
Online: We serve all of Connecticut and New York States. To offer services across state lines, a clinician must be licensed in both states.
In-person: Located in Southport, CT (between Fairfield and Westport), we primarily serve the Southern Connecticut coast (Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Southport, Fairfield, Bridgeport). People who live or work in other Connecticut locations (New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, Easton, and Trumbull), as well as those in Westchester are also within reasonable distance (including Bedford, South Salem, Armonk, Pound Ridge, and North Castle).
How long are sessions?
Individual sessions are typically 50 minutes. Shorter or longer sessions can be arranged as needed.
Couples sessions are typically 60 minutes.
What can I expect in sessions?
- Expect a focus on what’s most relevant to you, or to you and your partner.
- Expect to be treated without judgment and with respect.
- You will not be asked to do or say anything that you’re not comfortable with.
- Expect your therapist to be receptive to your feedback.
- Expect to feel that your therapist is on your side, and truly cares.
- In couples therapy, expect that each partner is heard and respected.
- Expect sessions to cover skills and ideas for you to explore on your own.
- Expect a warm, safe, and comfortable environment.
- Expect to be gently challenged- to see something differently, or to try something different.
How is privacy handled?
General information: For both health safety and privacy, appointments are scheduled so that you won’t normally encounter anyone coming in or out. The content of sessions are strictly confidential, with the exception of risk of harm to self or others, or in case of abuse or neglect of a minor, in accordance with mandated reported law. All information and files are kept confidential following HIPAA regulations.
Tele-therapy privacy: Many people are familiar with Zoom. We use HIPAA-compliant Zoom for healthcare, the same that hospitals use. This allows for your experience to be the same as joining any Zoom meeting, but with much more protection including end-to-end encryption. Sessions are not recorded or stored in the cloud.
Location, parking, and access
We are located in Southport, CT, near exit 19 off I-95. Ample parking is available. There is an elevator, and the building is wheelchair accessible. The building complies with state mandated safety requirements.
Serving CT and NY.Online and in person.