Many couples are stressed by emotionally intense situations. Others simply drift or grow apart. It can be very difficult to keep a strong emotional bond in our fast-paced, ever-changing society. Our staff is sensitive to the various complex issues that create distance within intimate relationships, and we work to help couples continue growing.
Being in relationship is full of promises and pitfalls. How do we understand and convey that understanding to our partner? How do we take into account both our own and our partner’s deeper needs? What constitutes a collaborative relationship?
Our model of couples counseling helps partners relate to each other with increased empathy and responsiveness. Within the context of a safe environment, couples counseling allows each individual to introspect in front of their partner in order to promote safety and intimacy. Couples therapy helps to build resilience by actively acquiring new skills to work through power struggles and conflicts.
Couples counseling is a unique service in that it encourages healthy attachment: the ability to sustain a meaningful ongoing dialogue through both good and bad times. Healthy attachment essentially consists of taking seriously our partner’s wishes, wants, goals, problems, and fears; attempting to repair the relationship when conflicts and misunderstandings occur; pushing each other to grow beyond current limitations; and being willing to stay engaged in the struggle of working together in collaboration.
To make a referral or to schedule an intake appointment,
please call the Center for Grief Recovery at 773-274-4600
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.
Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4. [read more]
New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW.[read here]
Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away.[read more]
Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU)[read more]
You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]
Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]
Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider:[read more]
The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]