Dr. Stoney is a highly-trained couples therapist who works with couples at all stages of relationship. She is trained in the top three models of couples therapy in the world: The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Imago Therapy and has trained with the founders of each methodology. She has also trained in person with other leaders in the field of couples therapy such as Michele Weiner-Davis (www.divorcebusting.com), Drs. Sherod and Phyllis Miller (www.couplecommunication.com), and Dr. Barry McCarthy, renowned sex therapist.
Preparing a couple for marriage requires the expertise of a therapist who knows the best research and has the tools to teach a couple about the journey ahead. Dr. Stoney brings the wisdom of her own research as well as a clinical practice devoted to the treatment and healing of relationships. She uses the PREPARE Inventory as well as many other ways of educating and working with couples to ensure that they know what to expect, how to love each other better over time, and how to deal with the difficulties all couples face. This is a program of treatment that is a gift that couples give themselves. It is a gift that keeps giving over a lifetime of love and connection.
When one or both members of a couple notice that things have changed in the relationship in a way that feels uncomfortable or disconnected, it is common for one person to reach out for help. By talking about the issues early and in a way that shows caring and concern, couples find that they are strengthened by understanding their current state and working with their partner to restore the connection.
Most couples who seek therapy have known for some time that they have been disconnected. Affairs, chronic arguments, deceptions related to addictions or disagreements related to the pressures of parenting, financial stress and work responsibilities can lead to a divide that only grows if we don’t have the training to understand each other and know how to repair. This office is devoted to helping couples walk through difficulty with each other and learn to reach for each other instead of feel the distance and confusion grow. There are methods and ways of treating couples that offer a way to create stronger relationships after difficult times. Dr. Stoney is trained in the best methods available and can be the guide out of the despair of a distressed relationship. Shaming and blaming do not have a place in repairing. Expect to work as a team with Dr. Stoney to see how you got where you are as well as how to find each other again.