Maggie Vaughan, LMFT, PhD
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Psychotherapist
330 W. 58th St, Suite 203, New York, New York 10019
Dr. Vaughan specializes in the treatment of couples. She also commonly works with individuals to address relationship concerns. Treatment assists individuals in acquiring the insight and communication skills necessary for working through wounds and preventing unwanted relational patterns. Partners in couple therapy gain increased acceptance and understanding of one another, as well as greater trust and closeness.
Bennett Pologe, Ph.D.
330 west 58th street - suite 601, new york, New York 10019
As has been the cry of physicians since the breed was invented: Why do you wait so long to come see me?! Research has shown that couples don't seek help for on average six years after problems emerge, by which time the resentment and problems have become long standing and unwieldy. By then, as any of you who have gone to couples counseling probably know, the therapy feels like too little too late and couples leave discouraged by the size of the problems. Solution: Go sooner! Even the best relationships require tending and attention, so when something is brewing that you can't resolve yourselves, don't let it fester. The sooner you go for a tune-up, the faster (and cheaper) it'll be.
Jacqueline Swensen, PhD, LCSW
Licensed Psychoanalyst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
119 West 57 Street, Suite 720, New York, New York 10019
Has your relationship become something that isn't what you planned? Were you so happy as a couple in the beginning but now, years later, you find yourself asking questions like, "Who is this person?" Has the joy vanished? Do you wonder if you have a partner or a roommate? Has the passion disappeared? Relationships take work and can be difficult, and psychotherapy with Dr. Swensen might be just what you need. I can help you learn to talk in different ways to each other and express things that have eluded you in the past.
Walter Masterson, LCSW
Psychotherapy and Counseling
1040 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10018
Careers and children each place enormous stress on a couple’s ability to be together in an intimate and satisfying way. Every couple has different ways of dealing with the challenges, and counseling can provide the perspective and encouragement to re-create a shared vision for the future. For something as important as this, it is surprising how little training and preparation is provided; family therapy fills in the blanks, and resolves the confusion.
Phyllis Gildston, PhD, LMFT, LMHC, LSLP
Marriage & Family Therapist; Mental Health Counselor; SLP
Amsterdam Ave. & 70th Street, New York, New York 10023
As a licensed counselor working with warring or love-lost couples for over 25 years, I understand how you may range in your reactions—to infidelity, addiction, money, sex issues, and more—from frustrating annoyance to outright desperation, with everything in between. Communication breakdowns are typically a crucial component. One of my most helpful approaches for couples is Imago Relationship Therapy (in which I am board certified). I also incorporate, as needed, many other dynamic systems approaches, including Brief Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Attachment Therapy, to name a few. I believe that different unique and/or combined approaches are optimal for different couples. Whether you....
Howard Rossen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
59 West 74th street, New York, New York 10023
Maintaining and nourishing a meaningful relationship is far harder than anyone can reasonably predict. You and your partner are both independently formed individuals that "come together to form a more perfect union." But if we don't learn to adapt and respect the needs of our partner how can we grow as a couple? And if we don't honor our individual needs and desires how can we breathe within ourselves? It is this battle of mutual respect for our relationship while honoring the self-respect of our individuality that creates the chasm of a couple's conflict. A healthy and supportive counseling environment can begin the process of regaining the spark that was ignited the first time you met.
Joseph Markowicz, LCSW-R, MFT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
210 West 70th St., Suite 201, New York, New York 10023
Couples therapy is my area of expertise. I have seen many couples and have been very helpful to almost all of them. I have seen young couples who are trying to make a decision about their future, and couples in various other stages of their marriage or relationship. You will benefit from my knowledge of the field and my interactive style. We will explore the issues that keep you from enjoying each other fully and practice how to get there in a positive, collaborative way.
Nikki DiFranks, PhD, MA, MS, LCSW-R
Dr. Nikki Nelson DiFranks
1841 Broadway, Suite 700, New York City, New York 10023
Although some clinicians may treat unmarried/married couples differently, I do not. This is because I do not take a position, often assumed with pastoral counseling, that a couple ought stay together. My aim is to assess what the couple and family system desires, and where there is disparity, to facilitate a solution that is viable for all. Often, I work to help a confused couple decide whether they wish to stay together, and if they do not, I can help them decide how to separate, as well as help other family members make this transition. Many times, couples/family therapy is about improving the relationships without intentions separation. Assessment of needs is critical to my approach.
Lee Crespi, LCSW
Licensed Psychotherapist and Couples Counselor
138 West 25 Street, Suite 801-A2, New York, New York 10001
I work with straight, gay, married and unmarried couples in therapy. My approach to couples therapy encompasses a number of things: Providing a safe space in which to explore and share difficult feelings with each other Facilitating better communication by enhancing listening and expressive skills Exploring individual and family histories to better understand the nature of the couple's dynamics Identifying current stressors and triggers and working to resolve impasses. In my work with couples I integrate a psychodynamic understanding with elements of Imago Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Collaborative Couples Therapy.
Barbara Bennett, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
245 west 29th Street, suite 304, New york, New York 10001
Relationships are hard, as any news site will eagerly tell you. Stories of celebrity affairs, break-ups and other scandals are so common that there doesn’t seem to be much hope for the rest of us. I’m here to tell you that there is hope, even after years of tension, conflict, or emotional distance for any couple—straight, gay, dating, married, post-divorce—from any racial, ethnic, or spiritual background. Conflict happens in all relationships. But it isn’t inevitable, even after years of bad feeling. I help couples step outside of their pain and frustration to see each of their roles in these conflicts. From there, couple can begin to communicate and finally have conversations that have productive outcomes leading to greater intimacy.