Patricia Beller, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
88 Terry Road, Smithtown, NY
Every couple experiences conflict. A little conflict in relationships is natural and can even be healthy, especially if it leads to compromise. But if you constantly lash out with belittling, contemptuous behavior or have become avoidant or withdrawn, then relationship counseling can help. With over 10 years experience working with couples, I can help you and your partner to identify, explore and address unhealthy thoughts, actions and behaviors that lead to stress and learn how to restore harmony, passion and teamwork to your relationship. With the help of a professional, unbiased, empathic therapist, you and your partner can become friends, lovers and confidants again.
Wayne Gurnick, MS, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best supports in life. Love is perhaps our most powerful emotion, and the need to be in a loving relationship may be one of the strongest needs we have. Being in an intimate relationship makes us feel connected. When our hearts are filled with love, we feel profoundly content and satisfied. We become more patient, more empathetic, kinder, gentler. Good relationships improve all aspects of our life, strengthening our health, mind, and connections with others. However, if the relationship isn’t working, it can also be a tremendous drain. Relationships are an investment. The more you put in, the more you can get back. Strengthening your relationship will make your life a smooth sail as you will have a great...(view profile to read more)
Wendy Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Working with couples, married or not, is an endeavor that I approach with great care. There seem to be certain themes that arise over and over again, so much so, that these issues demand to be recognized. I am always on the look-out for one partner who feels invisible or taken for granted by the person they have chosen to couple with. Expectations at the beginning of relationships tend to be dazzling and are usually based on hopeful fantasy. What can go wrong is that those expectations turn out to be dashed when two people start to get to know each other in a deeper way. In counseling, I strive to get couples to embrace each other's imperfections and to see each other realistically.
Stacey Chernin, M.A., LMFT, CFT
Licensed Marriage Counselor and Family Therapist
500 Montauk Hwy., West Islip, NY
Couples go through rough patches in their relationships. It is my ultimate goal and mission to help them strengthen their relationships. This can be accomplished by demonstrating them better communication techniques, improving trust within the relationship, how to cope with stress together, establishing boundaries, improving intimacy, and teaching them to work as a unit. In addition, I help the couples to work through major issues that can salvage the relationship as well.
Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC,NCC,BCC, MS, MSEd
Licensed Professional Counselor & Board Certified Coach
I help couples explore the possibility of re-launching their relationship toward one that is more emotionally and physically satisfying. Together, we look at limiting usage of familiar resentment and anger patterns. We discuss if it's possible to give amnesty to each other to transform the relationship into one that is grounded in friendship, where laughter & support exists. Many couples at some point become roommates where deep wounds exist due to loss of intimacy and possible infidelity. I help couples who have children together look at their co-parenting skills and explore ways to become a more "unified front" with their kids, this results in the family functioning together as a unit.
Lynn Polizzi, LCSW
Licensed Certified Social Worker
445 Broad Hollow Rd, Suite 109, Melviille, NY
Today more than ever, it is becoming more and more difficult to stay married or in a long term relationship. There are so many external pressures and not enough time in the day to get it all done. We start to neglect what matters most to us and before we know it, our relationships are crumbling. Like a garden, if you do not tend to it, it will perish. Your relationship is just that, a garden. Let's work together to restore that passion, to disrupt unhealthy patterns, and redefine your relationship to make it more meaningful. It is never too late to restore love in a relationship - it takes time and commitment but it is possible. Let's get your relationship thriving again.
Paula Levy, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport, NY
Are you and your partner having difficulties communicating? Has there been an affair or other damage to the relationship? Have you tried without success to make things better? As a Marriage & Family Therapist I provide couples therapy to help you find and rekindle the love and passion that was once part of your relationship. I know that all relationships have challenges. With patience and determination these can be overcome. All I ask is that your have a little hope and a commitment to do the work. I will help you understand your partner and communicate more effectively, restore connection and intimacy and feel excitement for your partner once more. Love grows here.
Joyce Colburn, LMSW
Licensed Social Worker
225 Main St., Westport, NY
My approach to working with couples begins with seeing both clients together to gain an understanding of their dynamic as well as the individual issues (including family of origin) that have brought them into therapy. I then help them determine their goals as a couple and develop a treatment plan, including empathic listening, relationship exercises, and communications counseling, that will help them achieve their objectives.
Otylia (Tilly) McQuay, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
138 South 1st Street, Lindenhurst, NY
I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and I have treated quite a few couples since I started my training. I offer both long-term as well as short, solution-focused (8-12 sessions) treatment. Couples therapy is helpful not only to improve current relationship and address the crisis or problem that made you seek it in the first place. It can also be beneficial when the decision to separate or divorce has been made, in order to say a healthy good-bye or help with decreasing conflict during such difficult time. Relationships are difficult and take work to maintain. Learning effective communication skills can be one way to feel happier in a relationship.
Daphne Schuster, EdD, LMFT, LCSW-R
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist & Clinical Social Work
Island Professional Center, 100 Manetto Hill Rd, Suite # 205, Plainview, NY
Relationships with important others bring great fulfillment to our lives. Couples counseling is designed to teach skills in communication and respectful negotiation, while building honesty and intimacy. As a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am a specialist in all aspects of couples and relationship counseling. Premarital counseling is also a great investment in the future for engaged couples.