In addition to the education and licensing needed to practice psychotherapy as a clinical social worker (LMSW-C), I have completed extensive training on modes of working with couples.
In fact, I love working with couples.
As a relationship coach, our focus is on building the skills needed to connect more deeply, increase understanding and compassion for each other, and to instill the ability to resolve the solvable conflicts between you.
The focus of coaching is on the assessment of the relationship itself (vs. one or the other individual) and defining the path forward. Sometimes, though, there is illness present in one or the other person. If it is needed, treatment of the individual takes place within the context of the system (the couple or family), rather than with the individual.