Carolyn Cole, MA, LCPC, LMFT, NCC
Are you noticing a change in your relationship? Perhaps it feels like the connection is gone, you feel like you are more of a roommate with your partner, or you find yourselves fighting all of the time? You’re wondering if things will ever get better or back to the way they once were. You may be feeling scared, sad, angry, worried, or frustrated about what the future holds for your relationship.
If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. My passion is relationships! I work hard to stay on top of research on what makes relationships work. The skills that I teach the couples I work with are research based and have proven outcomes.
I am able to help with problems such as: managing conflict or being able to discuss conflict in a way that does not feel like it spirals out of control; increasing connection so you are feeling more like romantic partners again; discovering ways to bring the fun, friendship, laughter, and intimacy back into your relationship; helping you both to talk and really hear one another to help you each feel understood and get your needs met within the relationship; learning how to effectively communicate about ongoing problems, such as those that feel like they become the same argument over and over again; learning how to talk about external stress (such as from family or work) so it doesn’t negatively impact your relationship; and rebuilding trust, just to name a few.
I like to think of a relationship like a house. Although each house is designed differently, the foundation must be sturdy. Let me help you reset the foundation. We will work together to remodel and design your ideal relationship house from the bottom up. I will collaborate with you to clarify your goals and break down barriers that prevent you from having the relationship you want. Whether it’s rebuilding a new house or just remodeling a section (or what I like to think of as a relationship tune-up), think of today as the first day of the rest of your relationship–I look forward to getting started with you!
My clients are single, married, or dating. I also work with engaged couples who are seeking pre-marital counseling or trying to iron out the kinks in the relationship before getting married. In addition to my work with couples, I enjoy working with singles who have been impacted by social or relationship problems, such as healing from a break-up or those who ask themselves why they end up with the same “type” of partner time and time again, as some examples. I additionally have a special interest in working with therapists who are seeking their own therapy.
If you are ready to get started, please contact me and schedule an appointment. You can email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 312-809-7017.
I have over 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings working with adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples. My specialized training includes a focus on couples and family therapy including Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. Although through my experience and training I can help you through a variety of concerns, my specialties are working with those encountering mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety, relationship difficulties, and those aiming to get “unstuck” and who seek exploration of a new path to living a fulfilling life.
Identifying that you are ready to see a therapist is the first step. Making an appointment to get started towards developing solutions and living the life you desire is the next step. I look forward to partnering with you on this journey.
Ingrained in my work is a belief best stated by Carl Bard: Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
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