Most couples come to therapy saying they want to improve their "communication". This in itself can be a very broad and  vague area. After many years of helping couples reconnect and strengthen their relationship, I have zeroed in on what I believe to be the four most important aspects of "communication". Coincidentally, altogether they spell L.O.V.E.

L:  LISTEN to each other so both of you feel heard

O: OWN your emotions

V:  VULNERABILITY RATHER THAN DEFENSIVENESS

E:  EMPATHIZE, EMPATHIZE, EMPATHIZE

In Couples Counseling, you will learn all about how these parts relate to the way you are now communicating in order to fit your individual needs as a couple. Once the four components of L.O.V.E. is understood and practiced, you will have a strong and everlasting connection.  L.O.V.E. will become your automatic way of "communicating" with each other. 



Janice Shapiro, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy