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Julia Flood (LCSW)
When you feel like this isn’t the person you married; when you worry that the gap in between you is widening every day; when it feels like the rug has been pulled out from under you after discovering the affair... it can feel like you are in over your head, and you may ask “Is it too late to save my marriage?”
Couples counseling can lead to restoring the broken trust and intimacy your relationship once had. Your marriage is definitely worth fighting for, and needs to be given a real chance to succeed. Couples therapy can offer the tools and space you need as a pair to give your relationship that chance.
You might be feeling very little hope for your relationship right now. I see my job as holding that hope for you for a while, until you can see whether it is possible to rebuild your commitment.
I am a licensed psychotherapist, and have been working in the mental health field since 1996. I specialize in couples therapy (marriage counseling), helping couples in crisis to break out of the vicious cycle of hurting and being hurt.
I'm committed to addressing couples and individuals as whole people, on an emotional, mental, social, and spiritual level. That means that a big part of my focus on relationships is about respecting who you are - your values, choices, and beliefs - and helping you to grow and flourish in that. We'll work together to strike the right balance between respecting your boundaries of how much you’re willing to change at this time, while gently challenging you to grow in areas of your life and relationships.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
I have been married for more than 18 years, with 2 children, so I understand both the joys and struggles that marriage and family can bring. In our culture, there's a lot of pressure to look like we have it all together, especially when it comes to our families. Most of us don't though, and the sooner we realize that we could use some support, the better!
Over the years I have been able to work with people from all walks of life - children, adults and seniors, couples and families, all from a wide variety of backgrounds. Having worked as a psychotherapist, psychiatric social worker, counselor, and case manager, has greatly helped me to understand the full range of complex problems people face, and continues to shape my approach as a therapist.
I also have a special sensitivity and awareness of the ethnic, cultural and religious differences multi-cultural couples face, which, if not dealt with adequately, can pose major stumbling blocks to a relationship. Couples therapy can help you draw out the nuances of your and your spouse’s understanding of family relationships, values and beliefs (which you both may never have fully thought through before) and help you negotiate a healthy balance.
For more information about my practice, go to www.newstarttherapy.com, or call me at (415) 820-3210.
Looking forward to speaking with you,
Over $120 per session