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Relationship Counseling Specialist

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP -  - Psychiatry

Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP

Psychiatry located in Uniondale, NY

Personal relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of life, but they’re not without their problems. If your relationship with a partner or family member is under strain, Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services can help. At her practice in Uniondale, New York, Dr. Vansiea provides expert relationship counseling services, family therapy, and couples, marital, and premarital counseling. To restore harmony to your relationship, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Relationship Counseling Q & A

What is Relationship Counseling?

Relationship counseling is therapy to help you overcome problems in your close personal relationships. These issues could be causing difficulties with any member of your family but are most often between you and your partner or spouse.

There are many possible reasons to consider Relationship Counseling, but some of the more common problems include:

  • Difficulties expressing your feelings
  • Disagreements you can’t resolve
  • Stressful life events
  • The inability to make decisions
  • Infidelity
  • Addiction
  • Loss of feelings

You might experience your partner withdrawing from the relationship, making you feel isolated, or find that you’re receiving excessive criticism. On the other hand, you may be aware that you’re getting impatient with your partner and developing feelings of contempt.

Consulting with Dr. Vansiea early on enables you to avoid these issues or manage them more amicably. With Relationship Counseling, Dr. Vansiea uses a faith-based perspective, helping couples improve communication, build trust, and improve understanding and boundaries. 

What type of Relationship Counseling might we need?

There are several approaches to Relationship Counseling, including:

Emotion-focused therapy

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) assists you in identifying the emotions at the root of your relationship problems. Dr. Vansiea helps you learn how to express your feelings safely to each other.

Narrative therapy

With narrative therapy, Dr. Vansiea encourages you to evaluate the stories you tell yourselves about your relationship and create more realistic, compassionate narratives.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a somewhat different approach. Instead of analyzing why you think and behave as you do, CBT shows you how to reassess your relationship and learn new ways of thinking.

Relationship counseling might involve individual consultations with you and your partner, as well as couples sessions. 

Dr. Vansiea also offers family therapy and marital, premarital, and couples counseling. She believes in promoting the benefits of psychiatry to help people heal as part of a holistic approach to patient care.

Why should I consider premarital Relationship Counseling?

Premarital Relationship Counseling focuses on enabling you to develop a healthy bond before you commit to a long-term partnership or marriage. Identifying issues that could lead to conflict in the future helps you to avoid problems in the years to come.

Common topics in premarital Relationship Counseling include:

  • Values and beliefs
  • Religious and spiritual views
  • Each partner’s role and responsibilities
  • Love language and expression
  • Intimacy
  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Having children
  • Raising children
  • Family time
  • Place to live/Relocation
  • Long distance relationship
  • How to parent
  • Family relationships
  • Infidelity
  • Building Trust

Differences in age, background, experience and other factors can impact your relationship over the years. Dr. Vansiea helps you consider these issues and ensure you both have realistic expectations. She also shows you the value of effective communication skills.

Whatever your relationship issues are, Dr. Vansiea provides the therapy you need. To schedule a consultation, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services or book an appointment online today.