Lena Kastrisiou, Μ.Εd, Psy.D
Phone: 6944 22 60 62
Couples therapy- Intensive Couples Therapy.
Extensive experience dealing with relationship, family and multi-cultural issues.
I believe that you owe it to yourself to do everything you possibly can to try to save your marriage.
I believe that people have the right to be happy, that children greatly benefit from authentically happy parents, and that the most important goal is to follow the truth… to treat each other honestly… and to do that with love and respect. Staying together is not the ultimate goal for couples therapy. Couples therapy main goal is to help families and couples being happy together and learn to respect and understand each other.
Couples come into counseling with a variety of issues to address including communication & conflict resolution, sexual & intimacy issues, fighting and anger problems, identity and role conflict, dependence vs. independence, religion, ethics and values, jealousy, parenting, infidelity, money and finances, addiction, family and in-law struggles, step family issues, gender roles, infertility / adoption, and many more. Relationships deteriorate gradually. If you experience the following signs, your relationship is in trouble.
The early signs are:
- Inability to communicate, feeling misunderstood
- Diminished sexual desire
- Fighting almost over every little issue
- Inability and lack of desire to make plans
- Experiencing sadness, anger, despair
- Having an affair
- Decide if you should get married (pre-marital counseling).
Couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. If you are at the point where you consider separation, if you feel sad, or angry, or fear, or resentment, if you do not know how to handle your relationship, it is important to seek professional help so that can decide which way to go.
My belief is that both partners need to understand their needs and evaluate what is keeping them in the relationship. Sometimes, as the years go by, both or one partner becomes too close to the other, or to the children and loose parts of themselves. The relationship is blamed, or the partner is blamed without taking personal responsibility of how the relationship has evolved. If you come in to therapy early, when the problems begin to arise, you have more chances in saving your marriage/relationship. I also believe that intimacy is a key issue in a relationship which is often not dealt with.
It may be time for couples therapy. Couples therapy can help you rebuild your relationship. Or decide that you’ll both be better off if you separate. Either way, couples therapy can help you understand your relationship better and make well-thought-out decisions.
Couples retreats can be scheduled at my office in Kifisia, Athens, Greece. Think of a couples retreat at the office as intensive couples or family counseling. Intensive sessions take 4 hours and at the end you will attain the insight needed to make a decision on which direction to follow with the family issues you are faced with. However, I have a unique approach to therapy. I strongly believe that therapy can be more effective when it is integrated into people’s lives and away of the structured office environment.
Couples therapy can help if you are are:
- On the verge of divorce.
- Wanting to save your marriage.
- Just not fully satisfied with your relationship.
- A couple where one or other partner is afraid of taking the next step to marriage or to having a family. A couple in need of premarital counseling.
- Sometimes people who are meant to be together break up just because they don’t know how to be in a relationship. That’s where I can help.