COUPLES THERAPY & PERSONAL psychotherapy
After nine years providing couples therapy I've shifted focus from healing mental illness (therapy) to taking action and making life changes (coaching) full time as of October 2016.
I'm no longer taking "couples therapy" clients who want to focus on mental health, substance use, trauma recovery, or domestic violence.
The truth is, I've always worked with really healthy people who got stuck in a rut, or started to disconnect with a partner, or lost themselves in a relationship (or all three).
They're doing really well in most areas of life, but the same old relationship struggles keep showing up.
Of course, I draw on my expertise by offering couples and relationship coaching (you can't un-learn a masters in Counseling Psychology).
But my current work focuses on communication skills, stuck patterns, managing difficult emotions, connecting intimately, and keeping the magic alive long-term.
I also lead retreats and workshops for couples who don't need extensive therapy- but do want to make a change.
If that's your idea of a fun time check out my coaching options or schedule a free call with me, I'd love to help you make your own powerful shift- together.
WHAT TO EXPECT NOW...
WHAT I DON'T DO
Sit and nod - instead, we'll take action. Be forewarned: I've been described as "direct and not-coddling."
Add shame or judgment to your experience (there's already WAY too much of that in the world)
Get stagnant. I will check in to see if this is working- focusing and refocusing on action and change in your life
Collude with your inner critics to let you stay small
Treat you like you're broken (because you're not)
Assume your experience is the same as mine or anyone else's
Pathologize you (I don't treat mental illness, so you won't receive a diagnosis, assessment or treatment for mental health conditions or substance use)
WHAT I DO
Use a strengths-based approach to help you grow
Bring a decade of experience helping hundreds of incredible people deeply connect to themselves and the people they love
Help you listen and communicate effectively, end repetitive argument cycles, and let go of baggage
Use a sex-positive framework and vast sexuality knowledge to fan flames of passion between you
Identify ways to manage intense emotions
Rebuild trust and renew intimacy
Keep momentum and hope alive - even if it's hard for you to feel hopeful
Deeply care about your personal growth and well-being and at the same time hold you accountable to the goals you set for yourself
ABOUT YOUR COACH
Dr Gina Senarighi, PhD, CPC is a sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in human connection, intimacy, authenticity, shame-resilience, and alternative relationships.
For over twelve years she has coached hundreds of online clients, retreat attendees, and couples to create fulfilling integrity-based relationships according to their own rules.
She attended Saybrook University where she graduated with honors and received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010. She received her Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Education with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University in 2004. She completed her PhD in Spirituality and Pastoral Counseling in 2019.
Gina was named Portland’s Best Life Coach in 2019 and is an award-winning teacher, author, & speaker. She has taught psychology courses, communication workshops, couples intimacy retreats, and guest lectured on alternative relationships, and sex-positive therapy at twenty universities across the US.
Gina believes you are entitled to your desires and pleasure and with better relationship and sex education we’d build a more compassionate, creative, confident, and fulfilled society. She understands first-hand the struggles creative and entrepreneurial couples face as they navigate the abundant joys and challenges that come with a high-achieving lifestyle. She knows all relationships need a tune-up from time to time and has been praised by clients for her friendly non-judgmental approach to couples work.
When she’s not teaching, coaching or consulting you can find her in her gorgeous urban garden, hiking Door County with her tiny dog, cooking lavish dinners, playing with her two sweet kids, or traveling the world with her partner, Rae.