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Couples Counseling | Andrea Colombu MA LMFT Couples Counseling | Andrea Colombu MA LMFT

Couples Counseling

“When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep” – Kahlil Gibran

Relationships are inherently complex! As social beings, we cannot live without relationships. However, once we create a relationship we also discover its complexity and challenges.

A loving, conscious, and fulfilling intimate relationship is a very rewarding and powerful human experience. Creating, nourishing, and sustaining these qualities in a relationship is possible. However, by nature, relationships require attention and dedication, and in most cases some “work” in order to achieve the harmony and balance we aspire to experience.

I truly enjoy helping create and maintain conscious, harmonious, happy, and fulfilling relationships. I am fully dedicated to helping my clients explore their relationship dynamics, find a resolution to the challenges at hand, and enjoy the full potential of their connection. When going through difficult times, I assist the couple in resolving their difficulties and regaining the balance and harmony necessary to continue growing and flourishing together.

I support couples throughout many aspects of their journey including exploration of new relationshipspre-marital counseling, the formation of a family (including blended families), the movement toward new levels of commitment to one another, and difficult life transitions. When necessary, I also assist couples in making the most amicable and respectful relationship dissolution possible and creating a supportive resolution in spite of irreconcilable differences.

I approach couples counseling with a compassionate, unbiased, non-judgmental, and mindful consideration to the couple’s needs and their circumstances, within a safe and supportive environment for growth and healing. Care and respect are key elements for a process that at times can be very sensitive and requires delicate and dedicated attention.

Intimate relationships can be a powerful means to creating a truly meaningful connection with another human being, as well as a powerful process of self-discovery.

I can support you with:

  • Relational Challenges
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • New Relationships Issues
  • Separation and Divorce Transition
  • Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Trust and Infidelity
  • Commitment and Respect
  • Relationship and Life Transitions
  • Parental, Step-Parenting, and Blended Family Issues
  • Extended Family Conflicts and Issues

Intimate relationship is a dynamic, often dizzying dance of contradictions that is sometimes delightful and seductive, sometimes fierce and combative, sometimes energizing, sometimes exhausting. This dance requires being able to flow continuously back and forth between polar opposites…. This is not an easy dance to learn.” – John Welwood

Specialty Work with Couples

Conscious and Spiritually-Based Relationships

I truly enjoy helping create and support:

  •  relationships guided by a deeper sense of connection to the spiritual element of Life, independently of the orientation.
  • couples engaged in spiritual practice interested in cultivating their relationship as a supportive path for their growth

These are particular types of relationships that at times require delicate, subtle support and care in order to be established, continue to grow,  and move through some of the inevitable challenges inherent with this level of deep commitment. I feel truly fortunate to be able to help!

Bi-Cultural/Racial Therapy

I was born in Italy and moved to California in 1986. This life transition gave me the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges of cultural adaptation and integration, the creation of bi-cultural relationships, and overcoming cultural differences, language, and communication challenges.

My years of direct personal experience have taught me much and I have successfully integrated these experiences into my educational, professional training, and clinical work.

Hence I truly enjoy assisting bi-cultural and bi-racial couples, especially those with one or both partners of European origin, and in particular Italian. I also offer sessions in Italian.

About Andrea

Licensed MFT offering offering holistic, mindfulness-based and contemplative psychotherapy to individuals and couples.