“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.“ -James Baldwin
In NYC, dating and navigating intimate relationships can be especially tough. In this fast-paced, swipe left/right/hookup dating culture, it can be difficult to find and sustain meaningful connection. It might even feel difficult to make decisions that are in keeping with what you truly desire.
We all want to cultivate intimate relationships in which we feel appreciated, happy, desired, connected, and fulfilled. Dating can be difficult for a variety of reasons. When confronted with rejection, vulnerabilities, or feeling excited only to be quickly let down— it can sometimes feel like an upside down roller coaster that never ends.
It’s inevitable that you'll feel a range of emotions throughout the dating process which can impact your ability to make choices that are congruent with your priorities and values.
Perhaps you're in a new relationship, but find that you tend to get stuck in the same familiar patterns over and over with your partner. Maybe things were going well for a while, but as you grew more comfortable with each other, new issues surfaced and you're uncertain about how to navigate them productively.
This can be a great opportunity to begin therapy and work through the roadblocks you're currently experiencing. Therapy can help you to gain important insights and awareness about yourself so that you can productively address the challenges as they come up.
Together we’ll explore some of these common challenges and help you to gain insight into your particular interactional patterns so that you can lessen avoidant/ anxious behaviors, express your needs/ respond to the needs of your partner, and actively show up for the kind of relationship you want to cultivate.