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Kim Ploussard, LMHC
Relationship & Marital Counseling
518-862-1974 ext 1
kploussard@gmail.com


I specialize in marital and relationship counseling. No one has the perfect marriage, and almost every couple can benefit from some help at times with their relationship. If you are tired of having the same fight, feel disconnected to your partner, or would like to find ways to enhance your relationship, you can benefit from my approach. I have an active yet empathic style, and will intervene to correct unhelpful patterns and contribute tools and perspective towards making improvements that can be sustained. Through this process couples achieve greater closeness and understanding of one another.

My work with couples and individuals follows the style and teachings of Terrence Real (Relational Life Institute in Cambridge, MA) and Pia Mellody (The Meadows in Arizona). I focus on the present, with respect for how patterns that we learned in our families growing up may not be effective, when carried into a marriage. You will learn skills to better understand yourself and your partner, fight well, problem solve, and increase satisfying interactions. Couples/individuals may want to create more love, joy and aliveness in their relationship; repair an ailing relationship; or end their relationship with honor and dignity. Using the methodology of Relational Life Therapy (RLT), couples within a few months start seeing positive changes in behaviors and start experiencing more connection in relationship.

Other specialty areas: 1) rebuilding trust and intimacy after an affair; 2) helping separating parents create a two-home family that focuses on minimizing the impact of divorce on the children; 3) for those individuals who are feeling stuck in old behaviors or fears, I offer sessions utilizing Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (SE), TFT or energy therapy. I also stress the importance of using breathing, centering, mindfulness and meditation as a practice of healing and wholeness.

What to expect

My practice is non-traditional, as I believe in shorter-term treatment, longer sessions weeks apart, giving homework, and interspersing the work with intensive workshops when possible. I have a fee for service practice and start with an initial 2-3 hour session with couples and 90 minutes for individuals. During this time, we can both decide whether I am the best person to provide the services that you need to meet your goals. By the end of the first meeting, I will be able to offer you some initial impressions of what our work will include and an initial plan of action if you decide to continue.

Most couples sessions require a two-hour period every two to three weeks apart. Homework between sessions ranges from reading books, listening to tapes, journaling, seeing a psychopharmacologist, attending support groups and/or intensive workshops that further the growth and healing. My rates vary according to the time of day you can attend, type of service and length of the sessions. I also offer half day and full day sessions for couples that are out of town. I am certified in distance counseling and provide phone and/or skype sessions when possible. I welcome any questions you may have and offer a free phone consultation at (518) 862-1974, Ext. 1. If you prefer email I can be reached at kploussard@gmail.com.

What should you do if your partner doesn’t want to go to counseling?

Some people with relationship problems won’t seek help, even when the relationship is in distress. Sometimes standing up and insisting on it is what is needed. Still, if they won’t go, you can begin to do some things yourself. I can help you with ideas about how you can improve the relationship and find better ways to approach your partner about entering counseling together.

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Links:
www.terryreal.com
www.piamellody.com
www.passionatemarriage.com
www.themeadows.com
www.traumahealing.com
www.healingtraumanetwork.net


Recommended reading:

How Can I Get through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap between Men and Women, by Terrence Real
The New Rules of Marriage, by Terrence Real
The Intimacy Factor, by Pia Mellody
The Passionate Marriage, by David Schnarch
I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, by Terrence Real
What Children Learn from their Parents Marriage, by Judith P. Siegal