Nancy Newport LPC, LMFT
The most important relationship any of us will ever have is the one we have with ourselves. Getting to know ourselves better, healing old wounds that keep us from being or having what we long for, can be the bravest and most fulfilling inner journey we ever launch. There is a lot of focus on creating outer makeovers yet the most gratifying makeover or even touch up you will ever engage in will be the one you create inside you. I invite you to imagine your life without the barriers that may currently stand in the way of you achieving your fondest desires. I would like to help you build a solid bridge across that gap to experience the life, the experiences, the choices you were born to create.
In relationships, we all experience times of feeling “not connected” to one another. It is essential to notice when communication is not working and to seek assistance if necessary to get back on track, so we don’t continue to drift apart. When two people are committed to one another and to their relationship, these inevitable times of feeling out of touch can be seen as opportunities to go to a deeper level with one another. The journey of inner work and discovery when done as a couple can greatly enrich the relationship and deepen the bond of commitment.
I work with churches, ministers and couples to “tailor make” a course in Preparation for Marriage for couples who prefer private classes rather than group preparation classes. Specific areas are targeted that they identify as the most needed by them. With my guidance, a course is created of four to eight sessions to address these issues as well as others that I may suggest or recommend. What a wonderful way to begin marriage — a foundation created together, complete with realistic expectations and goals. Potential problems are predicted and prepared for. Couples leave the course armed with many new tools to help them create the relationship they both desire with strong spiritual underpinnings to strengthen their commitment.
Having worked in therapy in this way, couples are more likely to access couples counseling in the future if they find themselves getting off track.