Dr. Barbara Fontana, PhD
 
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Barbara Fontana, Ph.D
45 Route 25A
Shoreham, NY 11786
Ph: 631-821-1880
Fax: 631-821-4750

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Barbara Fontana, PhD - Psychologist & Imago Relationship Therapist
Suffolk County, Long Island, New York - Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

My work with couples is based on Imago Relationship Therapy

Imago therapy helps:

  • Couples to better understand the dynamics of their relationship.
  • To improve their communication
  • To be respectful of each other's point of view
  • To resolve conflicts
  • To meet each otherís needs
  • To have a romantic connection
  • To have a loving relationship
  • To have the relationship of their dreams through a process of healing dialogue and re-connection.

When we fall in love, itís supposed to be forever. We meet the person of our dreams and a magical transformation takes place within us. We feel alive, whole, safe, and happy. Over time that magical feeling disappears and conflict often increases. We feel disappointed and blame our partners because they are not meeting our emotional needs. We may criticize, withdraw, shame, explode, intimidate, shut down or submit as we try to deal with our hurt feelings and disappointment during times of conflict. Some couples stay in this painful power struggle for years feeling that they have grown apart.

Imago therapy helps couples transform their relationships. Couples learn that conflict is growth trying to happen. The Dialogue process fosters safe, open, honest communication. By understanding their partners through the Dialogue process, couples re-connect and their relationship often evolves into the powerful bond that is real love.

Through Imago therapy I help couples create a sacred space for healing and growth that can lead them to a more loving, respectful and passionate relationship.

Imago Relationship Therapy was created by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and his wife Helen LaKellyHunt, Ph.D. Dr. Hendrix's book Getting The Love You Want: A Guide for Couples and their recent book Ė Making Marriage Simple are the two best books I have ever read on marriage.

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One study by Andrew Przybylski and Netta Weinstein (as reported in Psychology Today July/August 2016) found that Smartphones "inhibited the development of interpersonal closeness and trust and reduced the extent to which individuals felt understanding and empathy from their partners." I encourage couples to have some "no device" time together every day. It could be the first hour you are home together at night, some time in the evening, before bed or in bed; you decide but whenever it is, your phones are where you can't see or hear them. It will give you an opportunity to be close again and to share some time together without the distraction of technology.

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Couples Therapy Shoreham, Long Island | (631) 821-1880