Robin Risso, LMFT
My goal is to support and strengthen the relationship through our work together. When I provide marriage counseling/couples therapy, I view the "client" as the relationship and view my role as to help rebuild, strengthen, solidify and deepen your relationship. I will be an advocate for your relationship and believe firmly that more often than not, repair and strengthening are within your reach. I encourage couples to work on their relationship before it becomes a "911" dynamic - I work with couples who need some fine tuning and we only meet for a handful of sessions but also those who are at a more critical point in their relationship. I have worked with couples in all different stages of their relationship and with all different types of relationships.
I have found that an integrated approach is often the most helpful for couples who are seeking help so often I will utilize concepts, themes and interventions from a variety of perspectives. It's not unusual for me to integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution Focused Brief therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and attachment based theories in a session. I also may pull from one of my favorite authors, Gary Chapman, Ester Perel, Michelle Weiner-Davis, Elliot Connie, and more.
Do you and your partner/spouse find yourself in the same conflict over and over again? Do you imagine that a therapist will side with one of you or it will just be more of the same? In the paddock we will certainly be talking but more so, you'll be engaged together in activities that I have designed to help you meet your goals. It is not unusual for a couple to report back that when struggles began to emerge at home after paddock sessions, they were able to reference what they had learned.
For therapy to be successful, both partners need to be able to "lean in" or commit to working on the relationship and not consider separation/divorce during the process. If both partners are not sure they can "lean in", discernment counseling can help. I am certified in this model and the sole focus is to help couples decide if they can both "lean in" and work on their relationship. This can be an important first step for some to begin couples therapy or marriage counseling.