Couples / Marriage
Couples Counseling: Couples
seek help with a variety of situations and issues. Dr. Lawrence
has worked with couples who want to secure the health of their
relationship before getting married, couples who have the same
arguments over and over without finding resolution, couples
who are dealing with the pain of infidelity, couples who are
affected by addictive or compulsive behaviors, and couples who
have lost their connectedness or their ability to communicate.
Dr. Lawrence’s approach to couples counseling includes
looking at each individual’s needs and habitual patterns
of behavior, discussing the responsibilities and rewards of
intimate relationships, and teaching intimacy skills.
Assessment: This may be incorporated into couples counseling.
It involves both members of a couple completing one or more
tests. Dr. Lawrence then reviews the results with the couple
to help them better understand their similarities and differences,
and to help explain why they relate the way they do.
Couples workshops: Workshops
are primarily educational in nature. Couples workshops involve
learning about individual needs and how these are related
to issues of attachment and intimacy. Additionally, couples
workshops teach particular skills for communicating and interacting
with respect, as well as for problem solving within the relationship.
Dr. Lawrence and her husband are certified PAIRS instructors.
PAIRS (www.pairs.com) is
a national program for teaching relationship and intimacy
skills. Developed and refined for over 30 years, PAIRS programs
have been proven to improve adjustment and satisfaction within
relationships, with reduced conflict and unhappiness. PAIRS
workshops are normally offered in one or two-day formats.
exploration and development
Career testing: Dr. Lawrence
offers a wide range of tests to help people
discover their skills and interests and to identify career
paths that fit with who they are. Tests that Dr. Lawrence
uses include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the California
Personality Inventory, the 16PF, the Work Personality Index,
the Career Assessment Inventory – Enhanced, and the
Campbell Interest and Skill Survey. The cost of testing is
based on what type of analysis and report you want, as well
as the number of instruments you choose to take. All tests
are administered online, and so may be completed at home.
Dr. Lawrence then prepares a written report, reviews the test
results with you, and provides feedback.
Career counseling: Career
counseling involves career testing, and then more extensive
work with Dr. Lawrence to develop options for your future,
create a concrete plan, and then receive coaching as you pursue
the steps of your plan. Career counseling may involve only
a few sessions, or can continue for as long as you choose
to experiment and explore, depending upon your preferences.