Break old patterns & communicate effectively
Connect to true intimacy
Therapy for couples who don’t want to settle
If you are like many of our clients, you love each other and want to work through the problems…it’s time to get the support you need
You feel like roommates
You can’t communicate about even the smallest of things
You argue about the same things over and over again
Your sex life is mostly non-existent
Sometimes divorce feels like the only option
You both deserve a cherishing, loving relationship
It is possible to be happy together again
You can learn to stand up for yourself AND the relationship with love
You can learn to have self esteem AND relationship esteem
You can rekindle the erotic energy and life force that your relationship once had
If you are ready to do the work, let’s take your good relationship and make it great
Meet Couple and Family Therapist Risa Ganel, LCMFT
At the end of the day, it is our relationships that matter most. We are born to be connected and we yearn to be seen, known, understood and loved, flaws and all, particularly by our most intimate partner in life. I am passionate about helping you resolve conflicts, develop personal and relational accountability, and achieve that deep connection with one another so you can live a truly relational life. Though every marriage cannot, and some should not, be saved, every person is worthy of love and belonging.
Working effectively with couples is my passion, and to keep up with the most cutting-edge ideas and training in the field, I spent over a year being supervised by Esther Perel. I am particularly interested in the neurobiology of relationships and how this research can best help my clients. I am Certified as a Relational Life Therapist and Trainer through the Relational Life Institute. I provide small group mentoring to students (therapists and coaches) for the Institute and participate in ongoing clinical study with Terry Real.
Risa’s care for us was palpable, and I felt really heard and understood.
Risa helped my husband and I get to the point where we realized that we either need to stop talking about our marriage and actually fix it, or end things. We hit rock bottom at one point, but somehow we pulled each other out of the weeds. Slowly, we started liking one another again, and fell back in love. We ended up moving to a wonderful new house and recently had a baby and he is the love of our lives. So, I guess this is an overdue thank you. You are an incredible therapist, and I will never forget the snowy afternoon that I called and you asked if I just wanted to talk for five minutes. I can’t express how much that meant.
Risa has been positive, professional and knowledgeable about every issue that I have brought to our sessions. Her approach to our work together has been realistic, kind and compassionate. She communicates in a warm and direct manner, asking the right questions and providing valuable insight at just the right times. She is a gifted and genuinely caring professional, and I feel lucky to have her on my side. I have learned so much and have benefited tremendously from our time together.
We’ve worked with Risa for 13 sessions now and if we hadn’t gone to counseling with her, we’d be living separate lives. I don’t think about divorce anymore. I’m wearing my wedding ring again, too! I’m so glad my husband didn’t give up on us and that we have worked with Risa.
“Even though I’ve been in therapy, I realized there is so much to each piece that having support and practicing with others gave me more confidence. Now I can speak up for myself more instead of saying everything is fine when it’s not.”
“This was exactly what I needed, I just didn’t know it! I knew I had conflict with my husband and by the second class I realized this was going to be different than I thought. It opened things up for me in a way I never would have guessed. This is just the beginning of my journey!”
“Sharing experiences and hearing others ask questions who have the same struggles as I do was extremely helpful. I became more confident and felt more secure in starting to speak up for myself with my husband.”
“I recommend working with Risa to all of my friends. If you are ready to be held accountable and hear it like it is, she is the BEST.”
Risa was calm, respectful, honest and kind. My only wish is to have more time with her.
“I used to feel like there was no hope and that nothing would change. I’m more at peace because I know there are ways to make changes that come from within me!”
Risa delivered on everything she promised. I have clarity and tools to improve my marriage and I am so grateful.
“I learned that keeping silent was colluding with the dysfunction around me. Risa gave me permission to speak up in my personal life. It was empowering. What I have inside is of value and deserves to be shared and heard. I don’t have to worry about what others think. I’ve always measured what others think before saying anything and silenced myself, how ridiculous! At work I could speak up but not at home. I walked away identifying what held me back, the way I handle conflict was destructive and that’s all I ever knew how to do, so I avoided it and then it boiled over. It was easy for me to talk about what I DON’T want, but after this class I know what I do want and have skills to do it differently.”
I was made to feel comfortable right from the start which made it much easier for a guy like me to talk about our problems. Therapy opened our lines of communication and we no longer got overly emotional when we talked about difficult subjects. We learned to manage our time better and now have more time to take care of our relationship.
This was a fantastic 2 days. You shed light on our relationship and my part in it in ways I’d never looked at them before.
The examples Risa gave, the handouts, and the visuals, and the role plays were all super helpful.
After 10 sessions with Risa, I no longer felt as frustrated. I came to appreciate who my husband is and how he is different from me. We learned to respect one another’s ideas and opinions and I was reminded of all the positive reasons I married him. I no longer think about divorce and am much happier overall. And our sex life improved dramatically! Therapy with Risa really helped save my marriage.