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

Tip of the Week for Couples...

Consider this quote from Victor Frankl: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." When you are in that space with your partner, try choosing a response that says I care about you and our relationship.

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