Cynthia "Denise" Porter, LPC-S
Trauma Counseling, Depression Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Sports Counseling
Serving: McAllen, TX - Edinburg, TX - Mission, TX - Pharr, TX
MARRIAGE COUNSELING -- COUPLES COUNSELING -- RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING
"She Said, 'We Can Sit Here and Talk About How Bad It Is, Or We Can Do Something About It!'"
Denise’s marriage therapy clients look forward to coming to Marriage Counseling and Couples Counseling; they don’t avoid it or dread it. That’s because she has a unique approach to relationship counseling that’s very different from other traditional psychotherapists. She uses proven research and her training with the Gottman Institute, a premier marriage counseling training program, that teaches counselors to help couples enjoy their relationships, become better friends, learn what things to change, and what to accept. Denise blends the Gottman method with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to provide excellent results for couples seeking counseling to improve their relationship. EFT is an intervention based on the scientific study of adult love and bonding processes and is designed to address distress in the relationship. It can help people better understand both their own emotional responses and those of significant people in their lives. This effective method helps couples facilitate the creation of secure lasting bonds and reinforce any preexisting positive bonds, with the goal of helping those in treatment increase security, closeness, and connection with their partner.
"Denise Takes Her Time to Figure Out What is the Best Tactic For You!"
COUPLES COUNSELING THAT WORKS
This method is designed to help teach specific tools. You and your partner will learn:
- How to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship.
- How to productively manage conflicts.
- How to figure out which issues are “resolvable problems" or “gridlock problems”.
- How to emphasize your relationship’s strengths
- How to protect your relationship's vulnerabilities
Early in the assessment phase, you will be given written materials to complete to better understand your relationship.
- SESSION ONE: In the first sessions, we will talk about the history of your relationship, areas of concern, and goals of treatment.
- SESSION TWO: In the next session, I will meet with you individually to learn each of your personal histories and to give each of you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
- SESSION THREE: In the final session of assessment, I will share with you my recommendations for treatment and work to define mutually agreed upon goals for your therapy
THE TREATMENT PHASE
The length of the therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress.
THE MAINTENANCE PHASE
In the later stage of therapy, we will “phase out” or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for the termination of therapy. Although you may terminate therapy at any time, it is helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains and say good-by.
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS & HELPFUL HOMEWORK
Much of the work will involve sessions where you will be seen together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions will be recommended. I may also give you exercises to practice between sessions.
Due to couples work involving two people, the following information is important to clarify at the beginning of therapy. In order for counseling information to be released, both members of the couple must provide their written authorization. Since the couple is the client, one member’s desire to have information released, is not sufficient. Also, individual sessions are usually part of the treatment process, and what you say in those individual sessions is considered part of the couple therapy. Therefore, this information may be discussed in our joint therapy.
NO SECRETS POLICY
Secrets withheld from a spouse/partner can be destructive to the relationship and counterproductive to therapy. Therefore, I will not maintain secrets including knowledge of infidelity.