Practice Areas

Therapy, Coaching and Consulting

Marriage Therapy

Are you tired of arguing, being romantically disappointed or hurt? If you are experiencing any of these things you may be feeling deep sadness, anger, resentment or loneliness. Struggling marriages are far too common these days. If you are committed to a life of marriage together it takes a lot of work and effort to keep it healthy and happy.

We all grow up in different families being modeled various love styles, communication and behavior. It is no wonder that we experience challenges with our spouses. The good news is that there is help and hope for your marriage. Dr. Bisignano’s focus in working with married couples is to understand relationship patterns, attachment styles, to improve communication and problem solving skills, increasing empathy and emotional connection with one another.

According to research, many couples wait on average 6 or 7 years before entering into counseling. Often by the time couples reach a therapist’s office their relationship is operating under a great deal of distress. What this means is that marriage therapy can take time. Consider that it probably took quite a few years for you to arrive at this place in your marriage. There is hope that help is available and with time and dedication things can turn around for the good for you and your spouse.

How Dr. Bisignano Works With Couples

Dr. Bisignano begins couples therapy with a comprehensive relationship assessment process. You will meet together for the first session at Dr. Bisignano’s office in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach or via telehealth. The first session with married couples lasts approximately 60 minutes. You and your spouse will each complete an online assessment at your convenience at home. During the second and third appointments she will meet with each of you individually for approximately 60 minutes. During the fourth meeting you will all reconvene at which time Dr. Bisignano will review the results of the relationship assessment with you and review your treatment plan. Moving forward, you will all meet together for future sessions, although Dr. Bisignano might ask for an individual meeting with one or both of you if she thinks it is appropriate and can be helpful.

Many couples come to therapy wanting to improve communication, learn better ways to manage conflict, and restore emotional or physical intimacy. Dr. Bisignano offers research-based strategies for healing, encouragement, and hope. “If I can help a marriage, I believe I can also help their children by providing a healthy relationship model. In so doing, they can see there are constructive ways to deal with relationship challenges. This is a powerful model for impacting the next generation.”

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 utilizes the most effective strategies, teaches skills, and helps clients to regain trust and confidence in their spouses. If your marriage needs help, don’t let another day pass. You deserve to be loved, cherished and respected. Call today for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation at (424) 206-9055. Dr. Bisignano can answer any other questions you may have.

Intensive Couples Therapy

Dr. Bisignano also offers intensive couples therapy (ICT). This type of therapy involves meeting with Dr. Bisignano for 3 consecutive days for 3 hours the first day, and 4 hours on days 2 and 3. This is a concentrated period of time where you focus on your marriage issues. This is ideal for clients who want to get a jumpstart on their marriage challenges or issues. It is equivalent to about 2-3 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 advanced training in the Gottman Method for Treating Affairs and Trauma.

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