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What is SpeakTeasy?

SpeakTeasy is a relationship and sexual advisory service.  We take traditional couples counseling and sex therapy skills and turn them into in depth, comprehensive educational seminars that you and your partner can complete in the privacy of your own home and at your own pace.

What are your qualifications?

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a concentration in Sex Therapy.  I have specialized training in communication, conflict management, romance, intimacy, and gender related issues.  I have been providing counseling to couples for over 10 years.  In addition to general counseling, I've served as a supervisor for a partial hospitalization program, been the director of a substance abuse clinic, and most recently am the couple's therapist expert for a private group practice in Massachusetts. My goal is to help individuals and couple's gain insight to their passions and desires for a more fulfilling life. Check out my testimonial page for reviews from previous clients.

How do the seminars work?

Each seminar is comprised of a series of video presentations, with each video focusing on a different skill set within the topic. Each seminar also comes with a workbook of exercises that you and your partner complete as you move through the videos.  The videos help explain what negative patterns you might be engaging in with one another and why, along with the science of why we struggle with certain issues in relationships.  They then cover skills of how to change these patterns for a more meaningful and connected relationship.  The workbook goes one step further in giving you multiple exercises that contain detailed instructions on how to practice the skills taught in the videos.  The best part is, many of the exercises are ones you can use continuously in the relationship, so you can maintain that positive connection long after you're done with the seminar.  

What's the benefit of doing the seminar as opposed to just doing couple's counseling?

This is my FAVORITE question.  Couple's counseling is an amazing option for many couples, but the unfortunate truth is, couple's counseling can be a really difficult process to start.  For one thing, it can be hard to find a competent therapist that actually has training in relational issues. Then there is the issue of the time and monetary commitment. Most of the time, I see couples at least once every other week for a period of 6 months to a year in order to work through the treatment goals.  That's a big undertaking for couples that struggle to find time in their daily lives for one another as it is.  These seminars help you and your partner begin working on your relationship immediately, without having to spend months on a waiting list or vetting a therapist to see results.  

But don't you need to meet with us to know how to help us?

The truth is, not necessarily.  Relationship problems are like car problems.  Every car is put through different wear and tear by the owner, but there are similar parts that need to work in unison for the car to run.  Similarly, most relationship issues stem from parts of the relationship not functioning properly, which causes a breakdown in the overall dynamic.  In fact, by the 2nd or 3rd session, most of my couple's don't even end up talking about "they said/ they said" and instead are focusing on building their core foundations and skills sets with one another to improve their connection. That being said, I always want to make sure the seminars are a good fit, so I offer a free 15 minute consultation to help determine if the seminars meet your needs.

What if I'm not sure if I need couple's counseling, or my partner isn't as invested in doing therapy as I am?

That's why these seminars are a great option.  It's normal for one partner to be more hesitant about starting therapy than the other, so these seminars can be a good starting point for couple's that aren't on the same page about committing to therapy.  Think of it as a way to ease into therapy with one another.  Again, the seminars focus on building up core foundational aspects of a relationship, so they can help with any stage of distress- whether you're in desperate need of help or just need a relationship "tune up." The other great part is that you don't have to complete the seminars together.  You can watch them individually or together, and the exercises come with discussion questions that you can easily bring up even if your partner is hesitant about starting the journey. 

I'd like to see if these seminars would be a good fit for us, can I contact you for more information?

Yes! I offer a free 15 minute consultation for anyone interested in the seminars.  Click here to send a consultation request.

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