Couples Counseling

There aren’t many things in life that are as satisfying as feeling “at home” with your partner. You feel safe, comfortable, and connected. You feel like when you express yourself, you’re being heard, and you’re being given the benefit of the doubt. Because you’re generally on the same page, you feel free to focus on tackling the challenges that life brings (work, finances, intimacy, parenting, extended family, friendships, hobbies, coordinating, scheduling, etc.) knowing that your partner has your back and is a valuable member of your team.

Alternatively, there aren’t many things in life that can feel as miserable as feeling disconnected from your partner. You constantly feel uncared for, misunderstood, unheard, defensive, angry, and resentful. And it feels like there’s no escape.

My approach to couples counseling is derived from Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Internal Family Systems. I believe that beneath the specifics of the conflict with your partner, there is a pattern of interaction that has become problematic. These problematic patterns of interaction are often fueled by unacknowledged and unmet needs, from both your present relationship as well as needs that were unmet in previous relationships.

My aim in couples counseling is to create a culture in which couples are willing and able to be vulnerable with each other, knowing that their partner will be there to respond from a place of curiosity, caring, and compassion.



4531 SE Belmont Suite 203
Portland, OR 97215

afettmanfamilytherapy@gmail.com
(971) 804-0148

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