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Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum 

Don't Just Survive... Thrive!  

Services in Monterey CA and online in CA and FL

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Becoming a parent is unlike anything else we experience as couples. Caring for a child is one of the most rewarding and most beautiful experiences a couple can share. It can also bring our relationships to the point of breaking. 

 

Becoming a parent can lead us to question everything we thought we knew about our partners and about ourselves.

You are not alone...

  • You feel alone and lost when people tell you “you should be happy, you have a beautiful and healthy baby.”

 

  • You feel disconnected and have the thought “what happened to the person I married?”

 

  • You find yourself fighting all the time about the stupidest things.

 

  • You have scary and painful thoughts like “is it even worth staying together?” or you just wish you had your old relationship back.

You do not have to feel this way! 

Schedule an initial consultation and find out how the couples and marriage counseling services can help you connect with your partner again, find joy in the relationship and get the support you need from your partner.

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How Couple & Marriage Counseling Can Help

  • Learn the communication skills and tools you need to feel heard, respected and understood by your partner, to get out of the cyclical fighting, and to find ways to disagree without damaging your relationship.  

  • Work through your own thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are keeping you stuck in negative cycles with your partner or in your marriage.  

  • Prioritize quality time together to enjoy light-hearted moments as well as reconnect on a deeper level for greater intimacy and joy.  

  • Feel like you’re actually partners again and on the same “team” rather than just roommates or even enemies.

  • Know you’re truly cared for, supported, and loved in your marriage.

If your partner and you are ready to do the work necessary to create the best relationship possible, schedule an initial consultation and find out how the couples and marriage counseling services can help you explore who you are, grow closer together, and create the relationship both of you desire and deserve.

My Approach to Therapy

My clients walk away feeling heard, validated and understood.  They walk away with concrete skills to help them navigate their relationship outside of the therapy room.  

My clients get a treatment tailored specifically to them because, even though we are all in this together, we all have unique situations that deserve a unique treatment.   

I dedicate my all to your relationship because you deserve it and I expect the same from you when working towards your goals.  

Areas Of Expertise 

  • Couples with children 

  • Communication Skills

  • Life Transitions 

  • Deepening Connection 

  • Problem Solving Skills 

  • Creating Shared Meaning

  • Christian Counseling 

Therapy Modalities 

  • Gottman Method 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Am I the Best Marriage Counselor or Couples Therapist for You?

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With lived experience and specialized training I know what it feels like to have your relationship be suffering when you introduce a new family member into the mix, and I also know how to help you get out of this funk!

While 66% of couples feel this drop in relationship satisfaction during the pregnancy and postpartum phase of life, each of our relationships are unique and require a therapist that will help you through your unique challenges. 

When you are in couples and marriage counseling with me, you will learn ways to create and achieve these goals to find that balance you have been longing for.  

In couples therapy, your relationship is my focus

We will work together to understand how you interact with each other when you’re going through the struggles of the pregnancy and postpartum phase of life.

 

We will take an in depth assessment of your relationship looking at all of the pieces of the puzzle rather than just the things that are obvious and bubbling at the surface. We will explore where your relationship is thriving and build onto that.  At the same time, we will look at some of your relationship challenges and learn new skills to help you navigate these relationship struggles.

We will...

  • spend time looking at getting to know each other on a deeper level so that we feel connected and intimate.

  • build up your friendship, which is the foundation of your relationship and create more time to have fun together!

  • work on communication so that arguments don’t feel like your partner is just criticizing you or being defensive. Learn ways to hear each other and make each other feel understood. 

 

  • work on managing conflict when it comes up, yes, I said when not if! 

 

  • work on creating shared meaning in our lives and helping our partner in their dreams. 

 

  • spend time exploring your communication processes, decreasing mutual blame, making sure that you can talk with each other, and, even more importantly, that you can both listen.

I know what you are thinking … all of this sounds great, but is it realistic?

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As a mom of two who has been through the pregnancy and postpartum phase with my own partner, and have worked with tons of couples in this phase, I am here to tell you that it is possible!

The path to a healthy relationship is not easy, but it is worth it. You will have to prioritize your relationship and give it a lot of your energy, but it is possible and very rewarding!

 

You will start to feel supported, heard, understood, known in a deep way, have more intimacy and feel less alone, and be able to navigate any challenge that life throws at your marriage.

As a couples therapist, I have guided many couples in this pregnancy and postpartum phase of life from disaster couples to master couples. With hard work and dedication to the process, I know you can get there too! 

If your partner and you are ready to feel heard, validated and understood while you do the work necessary to create the best relationship possible, schedule an initial consultation with me, and find out how marriage counseling and couples therapy can help you meet your goals of feeling connected, supported, and creating the relationship both of you desire and deserve.

Kristina Anzell, LCSW - Perinatal Counseling provided by a Therapist for Pregnancy and Postnatal Therapist for Postpartum in Monterey, CA

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