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Atlanta Marriage Counseling Atlanta Marriage Counselor Atlanta

Atlanta Marriage Counseling Atlanta Marriage Counselor AtlantaI am a member of the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists.  It is an advanced practioner network for therapists especially trained in couples work related to preserving marriages. There are some interesting articles on their web site that you may find informative regarding the dangers of turning your relationship over to therapists not specifically trained or experienced in the intracasies of working with couples.

Many practioners  use an individual approach when working with couples which misses the point that the relationship is the patient, not the individuals. Couples therapy done effectively, focuses on what each partner needs to do to make the relationship work. It is not about individual well-being.  Most relationships that get into trouble have too much individual focus to begin with. 

Relationship therapy is the most popular form of psychotherapy.  It is the most requested. Therefore, many therapists will tell prospective clients that they do couples therapy when, in fact, they have not been specifically trained in this area.  For this reason, it is important that you, when looking for someone in whom to entrust your relationship, ask specific questions as to training, experience, and outcomes, as well as about the personal experience of anyone you might see. This includes the life of anyone you might consider as to history and personal successes with marriage.  When you want to be good at something, it is important to find someone who is already successful at that endeavor to teach you.

Please call me before you call anywhere else in the Atlanta area, so that we can talk about what you should expect from your therapist and from therapy (404) 698-3699. I look forward to speaking to you.

Evening Appointments are Available!

Atlanta Marriage Counseling Atlanta Marriage Counselor Atlanta

Atlanta Marriage Counseling Atlanta Marriage Counselor Atlanta

Atlanta marriage counseling can be tricky because to be effective, the therapy MUST be balanced.  That means that the therapist needs to help couples to solve problems without taking sides. 

Married for 36 years, I have my own live laboratory as to what works and what is less likely to work in marriage.  I also have had it proven to me that marriage is a set of skills and not about being “in love” or “not in love”. 

Our feelings get created by what we do–not the other way around, as many people believe.  There are 4 effective habits of marriage and when they are enacted, the feelings of connection and “love” arise.  This is true for arranged marriage as well.  These 4 habits work quite well to promote lasting relationships and a fertile home in which children can grow up to become effective, successful, and optimistic adults. 

When couples come to see me, I first evaluate with them about what they are doing that works and what is not working.  This evaluation is based on the 4 known ingredients for healthy marriage.  Once this step is completed, we begin to work on what skills are missing so that better couples connections can be made.  

Because of the clarity of this approach, couples can see improvement quickly–once they begin to change how they relate to each other. 

Most people do not seek out help until things have gotten into a pretty bad spot.  For this reason, people who come in are often angry and without much hope.  I believe it is important to help people get onto the right road as quickly as they can.  This restores optimism and breeds more success.  People need to know that things can get better.  I help them to do this by giving them specific things to do to practice new skills.  It works well and my clients love the results!

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Family Therapists Atlanta | Marriage Counselor | Family Counselor | Marriage Therapist Atlanta

 Family Therapists Atlanta | Atlanta Marriage Counselor | Atlanta Family Counselor | Marriage Therapists Atlanta

Please call me before you call anywhere else in the Atlanta area, so that we can talk about what you should expect from your therapist and from therapy (404) 698-3699. I look forward to speaking to you.

Evening Appointments are Available!

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Family Therapy

Licensed Professional Family and Marriage Therapist| Licensed Professional Family and Marriage Counselor

Family members don’t have to be a part of the problem when someone is having difficulty, but they are often part of the solution.

The work I do is solution-focused. No one ever leaves my office, even the first time, without some ideas as to how to begin to solve whatever problem brought them to see me.

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Marriage Counseling

Atlanta Marriage Counseling | Marriage Counselor Atlanta

Married for thirty-six years, I have my own live laboratory as to what works and what is less likely to work in marriage. 

I also have had it proven to me that marriage is a set of skills and not about being “in love” or “not in love”.

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Depression

Depression Therapy Atlanta | Depression Therapist Atlanta

Some People Self-medicate!

Many people know about anti-depressants. However, did you know that there are some non-medical ways to treat this problem that work quite well.

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Universal Truths

Universal Truths

People who don’t know when they do wrong, can’t learn to do anything right.

Behavior is purposeful.  Think about the purpose behind what you see.

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Self Improvement

Self Improvement Therapy Atlanta | Self Improvement Counseling Atlanta

People often come to see me with problems with saying “no”, wanting to please others to an extreme, not liking themselves, and being unhappy with who they are or what they are doing in life.

I believe the first issue is to understand when these feeling began, for how long, and what has already been done about it. 

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Anger Management

Anger Management Therapy | Anger Management Counseling Atlanta

Everybody feels anger.  The question becomes to what intensity and what you can do about it.

It is useful to learn to separate what we feel from what we do. This is part of being an adult.

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Divorce

Atlanta Divorce Counseling | Divorce Therapist Atlanta

Sometimes people arrive in therapy too late to save the marriage.

What is important is that people learn the skills to stay together-not to live in misery, but to live lives that contain joy and commitment that make good models for children to follow.

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Stepfamilies

Stepfamilies Issues | Stepfamilies Problems | Stepfamilies Help

I was the advisor to the Step-family Association of Atlanta while it was here. This lasted several years.

I live in a step-family so I know how hard it can be and have been very effective at helping people in step-families to straighten things out.

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Loss of a Loved One

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One Therapy Atlanta

It can be painful and
heartbreaking to watch a loved one decline.

The alternatives of sudden loss may, in some ways, be easier on the survivors but the shock waves of sudden loss are equally tragic.

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Troubled Children

Dealing with Troubled Children Counseling Atlanta

Children need team parenting and consistency. In our hectic world, these skills are often hard to do.

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Anxiety Disorder

Atlanta Anxiety Disorder | Anxiety Attacks | Social Anxiety Attacks Atlanta

So, what makes the difference between normal and abnormal anxiety?

Some anxiety is good for us.  It motivates us to do things that need doing.

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Parenting

Learn Positive Parenting Counseling Atlanta

Often in our busy world, it is difficult to be a consistent team when raising children.

When parents disagree about how to deal with children, the parents wind up fighting while the children go off to do as they please.

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Addiction in the Family

Addiction in the Family

Coupling and parenting become irresponsible.

Drugs and alcohol interfere with everyone’s relationships when either or both are present in families–alcohol in excess and drugs at all.

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Overcoming Infidelity

Overcoming Infidelity | Surviving Infidelity | Marriage Infidelity Atlanta

Many people believe that there is no return from infidelity but I do not find this to be the case.

Unlike a broken egg, things can be put back together. Most people are surprised and pleased with the outcome.

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Communication

Learning Good Effective Communication Skills Atlanta

I think this word gets  over-used without explicit understanding of “how” to say “what” to “whom”. 

I am teaching people who see me the “foreign language” of how to speak to each other in ways that promote conversation instead of shutting it down.

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Effective Hiring

Effective Hiring & Conflict Resolution

A company can save money if they know how to read people!

Did you know that the configuration of relationships in a family is very much like the configuration of relationships in a company. They are both “systems”.

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Atlanta Family Therapists | Couples Counselor Atlanta | Marriage Counseling Atlanta

Atlanta Family Therapists | Couples Counselor Atlanta | Marriage Counseling Atlanta

 

Atlanta Family Therapists | Couples Counselor Atlanta | Marriage Counseling Atlanta

Please call me before you call anywhere else in the Atlanta area, so that we can talk about what you should expect from your therapist and from therapy (404) 698-3699. I look forward to speaking to you.

Evening Appointments are Available!

Atlanta Family Therapists | Couples Counselor Atlanta | Marriage Counseling Atlanta

 

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Susan Adams Marriage Counseling & Family Therapist AtlantaI am delighted that you have found my website!

Did you know that only HEALTHY people have the courage to question their situations and problems and look for solutions?

That means that already we know that if you are reading this, you are healthy.

Being “healthy” means that you can learn new information and apply it to problem-solving.

 

 

 

 

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My Approach

My approach provides clients with a clear understanding of the problem. Once the problem, in the marriage or in other kinds of relationships is identified,
 

I work with people through practical, behavioral, and value-based solutions that help to make their relationships work. 

 

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Therapy/Counseling

  • Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Troubled Children
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Stepfamilies
  • Communication
  • Parenting
  • Effective Hiring – Running a Business

 

 

 

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