We won’t tell you whether you should break up.

Special thanks to the couples therapists who provided intel and anecdotes for this post: Irina Firstein, LCSW, Rachel A. Sussman, LCSW, and Jean Fitzpatrick, LP.

We aren't judges and therapy isn't a courtroom.

We aren't judges and therapy isn't a courtroom.

Don't come in looking for a professional tiebreaker. We're not there to tell clients who's right and wrong — we're there to help nurture a respectful, satisfying relationship that will, in turn, nurture both partners.

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And we also won't tell couples whether they should break up.

And we also won't tell couples whether they should break up.

We rarely make that suggestion — it has to come from them. Unless it's a dangerous situation, our job is to ask the hard questions at appropriate times so partners can come to their own conclusions.

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The most common reason couples come in is because they have "communication problems" — and that means something different for everyone.

The most common reason couples come in is because they have "communication problems" — and that means something different for everyone.

BUT it pretty much boils down to a common theme: People need to be heard, and they need someone to create space for them to be heard and to help them express themselves. That's where we come in.

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