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5 Relationship Pitfalls to Avoid
Risa’s free guide will help you begin to honestly acknowledge the ways you may be damaging your relationship, and learn to do something about it.
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 currently particularly interested in the neurobiology of relationships and how this research can best help my clients. I am Certified in Relational Life Therapy and participate in ongoing clinical study and training with Terry Real.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.