Basil Steele, LMHC, LCPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
3948A Kaimuki Avenue, Portland, Maine 04106
One of the most perplexing and rewarding quandaries experienced by humans is how to sustain a relationship once they have a history that serves as evidence not only of harmony and love but also of difficulty and conflict. In my work with couples, I have found that the counseling process is where people learn that the rich, vital, force that brought them together requires conscious, loving attention, affirming communication, safety. Often people assume, because it was expressed so ardently at the beginning that love will last forever. But as every gardener knows, a plant needs kindness, soil rich in nutrients, light, and space unconstricted by weeds to grow.
Carrie McCray, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Augusta, Maine 04330
When your relationships are strained it can affect other areas of your life. In couples/marriage therapy couples learn to recognize and resolve conflicts to improve their relationship. Marriage counseling is usually short-term and involves both parties, however, it can be affective with only one partner receiving counseling. Marriage counseling focuses on communication skills, conflict resolution skills, overcoming negative patterns of behavior, understanding your partner’s point-of-view, appreciating your differences, and even forgiveness.