Is your relationship too good to leave,
                                but too bad to stay in?

    Breaking up does not have to be the answer to
    your relationship problems...

    As a couples counselor and marriage counselor, I can
    help you find a way to stay together.

    Perhaps you are struggling in your marriage or committed relationship.  
    You have grown weary of replaying the same dramas over and
    over.  The anger and hurt have made you drift apart, longing for the
    days when love seemed easy.

    You try hard to accept one another, but you end up criticizing
    and blaming.  Feeling alone, unloved, and rejected, you wonder if
    you are right for each other.  

    You likely still love each other, but your hurt and confusion is
    building up every day.  It is stifling your love for each other.

    You have tried hard to work things out on your own, or maybe
    you've even been to couples counseling before.  But you realize that
    you need more than sincere effort or "expert advice".  

    You need an experienced couples and marriage counselor that can
    help you stop the pain and guide you into a loving relationship.  

                  If any of the above rings true for you,
                          Couples Counseling Chicago can help.

              I Help You Resolve the Root Cause of
        Your Relationship Problems Once and For All

    As an experienced couples therapist, I help you find the love story
    underneath your drama.

    Unlike some marriage counselors and couples therapists, I do more
    than just help you sort out your problems.  I also help you uncover
    the deeper feelings and desires that are hidden beneath your problems.  
    This makes room for you both to feel understood and loved
    more for who you are and what you truly want.

    You learn to be more relaxed and real with each other, so you
    have more real love in your relationship.  
    As we untangle the roots of your conflicts, your problems naturally
    ease.  You find ways to become closer through your differences
    instead of arguing over them.

    You will move through a 3 stage process that builds trust, calm
    and caring, usually taking just 12 - 20 sessions.  The approach I use,
    Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, has been proven by current
    research to be the most effective form of couples counseling
    available.  The results can easily last a lifetime.


      No Matter How Lost and Apart You May Feel Right Now,
                              You Can Be Close Again.

    Through couples and marriage therapy, I can help you transform
    your relationship stress and struggles into a solid, loving

    Together, you will discover simple and profound ways to work out your
    differences.  Rather than getting lost in a storm of negative emotions,
    you can build a safe harbor in each other.

    I safely guide you to risk showing up with each other in new ways,
    where you can feel listened to and loved.  In this couples counseling,
    you become closer through powerful, positive experiences that create a
    loving bond between you.  Many couples say they are closer than
    ever before, even years after therapy is over.

    In couples therapy, you can
    deepen your trust and appreciation
    of one another.  You get back the
    peace, passion, and fun!

    As you become more accepting and giving with each other, there is
    a rich place for love and happiness to grow.


    Don't lose hope.  You can change the way you love
    and get the love you want.

    Give me a call today to set up an appointment or a free
    phone consultation.   I'd be happy to answer your
    questions or help you in any way I can.

    ~ Joseph




      Almost All Relationships Go Through Tough Times

    Relationship difficulties may mean you have grown in different
    directions.  But more often your conflicts are asking you to
    find new ways of loving each other.

    Conflict is normal and healthy.  It's how we deal with conflict that
    can make or break a relationship.  Now imagine getting through a
    conflict (or even a deep hurt) and feeling closer than ever before.  
    Imagine your hearts melting instead of breaking.
Through couples counseling,  you can...

  discover what drives your dramas and stop them
  listen to one another, and feel heard
   find the lost love that lies beneath your conficts
   replace tension with harmony
   trade distance with closeness
   take space apart with love and ease
   heal old hurts, including past affairs
  renew trust and commitment
  learn to be deeper in love
  have the most satisfying sex you have ever had
  be happily married (or committed) much more often!
Joseph Gottfried,
Help for Couples in Conflict
Couples Counseling Chicago

in the North Chicago
Irving Park

4256 N Ravenswood Ave.
Suite 212
Chicago, IL 60613

3850 N Lawndale Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
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The marriage counseling and couples counseling I do
offers loving solutions to these painful problems:

  • Communication breakdowns.  You can't talk about certain things.

  • Angry arguments that destroy trust and closeness.

  • A crisis such as threat of divorce or an emotional or physical affair.

  • Your partner is distant or unavailable.

  • Your partner is too demanding or needy.

  • The life has gone out of your sex life.

  • Living parallel lives of disconnection "like roommates".

  • Increasing difficulty to work, relax, or have fun together.