Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist
409 Main St. Suite 105, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
People always are communicating - even when they don't like what or how they are doing it. The goal of couples work is to help the individuals in the couple see each other clearly, to define their expectations of both self and the other in the relationship and decide if and how they want to be an effective and happy team. At times it is also important to consider how the couple can manage the impact of support or lack of support for the couple in the families of origin and in the community. For more information about my practice, please visit my website at www.mariehartwell-walker.com
Philip Kolba, MA
Troy, New York 12180
There are countless models of healthy romantic relationships, from monogamous to polyamorous, and unique variations between partners. The scripts for dating and longterm relationships of our parents’ generations may not be applicable to your relationship, and there is no formal education in how to be a good partner or how to identify unhealthy relationships. But there is psychological research that shows that effective communication, emotional openness, intimacy, and other factors contribute to healthy relationships. Creating these conditions are skills that can be learned. I practice brief humanistic and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to help my LGBTQ and hetero clients learn these skills.