Palos Verdes Estates and Manhattan Beach

Marriage Therapy in Manhattan Beach

Some of the most common reasons couples seek marriage therapy are problems with communication, managing conflict, a lack of emotional and physical intimacy. Relationship distress can occur even in the most committed marriages. The goal of therapy for many includes addressing relational wounds, strengthening friendship, deepening connection, learning new strategies to manage conflict in healthy ways, and building greater trust and commitment.

In addition to communication challenges and lack of emotional and physical intimacy, other common reasons for marital discord include money problems, lack of affection, infertility, differing parental styles, arguing, negative behavior habits, and infidelity.

If you are experiencing any of these issues you may be feeling deep sadness, anger, resentment or loneliness. It’s important to recognize that most relationships can use help from time to time. If you need some assistance, you don’t need to wait until a crisis arises, you can fine tune your relationship skills now. Of course, counseling can be invaluable when in the throes of a crisis, as well.

Dr. Angela Bisignano Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Manhattan Beach and an expert in couples’ relationships. Her goal is to help strengthen your relationship, guide you in learning ways to manage conflict constructively, deepen emotional connection, and build trust and commitment. She will work with you to identify and address negative relationship patterns and attachment styles to increase respect, affection, and love.

Dr. Bisignano can guide you in improving communication and problem-solving skills, increase empathy and create the desire to turn toward, rather than away from each other. Broken relationships can be repaired when both partners are willing to work at it and you have a good therapist.

How Dr. Bisignano Works With Couples

In your first session with Dr. Bisignano, you will meet together at her office in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, or schedule virtual therapy sessions. The first session with married couples lasts approximately 60 minutes. If Dr. Bisignano believes she can be helpful to you and your spouse, a second appointment will be scheduled. During the second and third appointments she will meet with each of you individually for approximately 45 minutes. During the fourth meeting you will all reconvene at which time you will discuss your treatment goals and plan. Going forward you will meet together as a couple, and on occasion individually if needed.

Most Manhattan Beach couples come to therapy because they want to heal, repair or restore their relationships. Dr. Bisignano approach offers healing, encouragement, and hope. She is passionate about working with couples to help them restore and enrich their relationship. She offers marriage therapy in person and telehealth sessions.

The collaborative approach

Dr. Bisignano takes a collaborative approach with her marriage clients, however she is directive in her process; she doesn’t just sit and listen. Dr. Bisignano offers and utilizes the most effective research-based strategies, teaches skills, and helps clients to regain trust and confidence in their spouses. If you are in Palos Verdes, Malibu, Redondo Beach or Manhattan Beach and your marriage is in trouble Dr. Bisignano can help. She now offers telehealth throughout the state of California. Call her for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation at (424) 206-9055. Dr. Bisignano will also answer any other questions you may have.

Marriage Intensives

Dr. Bisignano also offers marriage intensives for couples. This type of therapy involves meeting with Dr. Bisignano for three consecutive days of five hours per day virtually or in person. This is a concentrated period of time where you focus on your marriage issues. This is ideal for clients who desire to jumpstart healing and on focus on your marriage problems. It is equivalent to about 3 months of marriage therapy. For more information, please see Intensive Couples Therapy. If you are flying in from outside of the area and are interested in finding places to stay during your visit, please see the Client Resources for more information.

Dr. Bisignano’s approach to marriage therapy is informed by Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Emotion Focused Therapy, and forty years of scientific research conducted by John Gottman, Ph.D., the country’s foremost relationship expert. Dr. Bisignano is certified in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. She has also completed training in the Gottman Method for Treating Affairs and Trauma.

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