Providing health and healing for relationships
in the Greater Boston area
Therapists at South Shore Family have years of experience providing quality couple and family therapy to relationships in need of hope and comfort. Meet our team:
Therapists at South Shore Family provide individual and group supervision for therapists seeking licensure and wanting to learn more about couples and family therapy:
Forms of Therapy
Our therapists will provide assistance through couples, family, and individual therapy, with goals of reducing anxiety, improving self-worth, and increasing effective communication.
Is your relationship in crisis? We offer weekend-long intensive therapy, packaging three 90-minute sessions together, for couples looking to get their relationship back on track.
South Shore Family offers a number of group meetings around common interests and issues, with goals of improving trust and developing positive relationships.
Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment by clicking Book Online at the top of the page, when you visit our therapists' bio pages, or by clicking on the following link:
Simply being heard and understood goes a long way toward regaining intimacy. Our job in relationships is to relate, which means validating our partner’s perspective and doing our best to understand it.
Stephen Duclos reflects on four silent intimacy killers--unseen symptoms that negatively impact a relationship: anxiety, resentment, absence of touch, and feeling responsibility for things that aren't your responsibility.
Sexually wise people seem to be less concerned with frequency of sex and perceived sexual competence and more interested in the planning of and conversations about sex.
In every couple, there is a desire discrepancy, with one person in the relationship wanting either more frequent or more adventurous sex. When that gap between distancer and pursuer is wide enough, then this constitutes a kind of ongoing disagreement that can end a relationship.
In our first 2017 episode of the podcast Under the Covers, Stephanie Wallace and I talk about dating. We define dating as the period of time between searching for a new partner and defining the relationship either as exclusive or as part of an open relationship. Stephanie and I provide a bunch of dating gems for people looking to explore dating, including the following:
Being cold, and then warming our bodies through the process of sex, can be very exciting, and provide a stage for anticipating sex when winter comes.
There are many therapists who claim to do relational counseling, so how do you know who to rely on to fight for your relationship?
If you're looking for marriage counseling or couples therapy, please ask about the credentials of your therapist. Our couples therapists have years of training in couples therapy. Most of us are licensed specifically to practice marriage and family therapy (LMFT), and our license requires us to have much more than the minimum requirements that I suggest in the blog post, which means that we have a significant understanding of how relationship dynamics operate and how to help you create positive, long-lasting new interactions.
We hope that our quality of services and our combined experience and knowledge about relationships will diminish any hesitations about the price of couples therapy, particularly once you begin to notice changes in the quality of communication between you and your partner.
Same-sex couples often experience a uniquely complicated process with their families of origin. This begins with coming out and identifying as an LGBTQ person, and we recognize that many people will be spending their first holidays with their families either as an LGBTQ-identified person or in a new LGBTQ relationship. This article provides some tips for coming out to your family of origin.
Once family members begin to identify and work through their emotional experience, it generally becomes easier to figure out how to do the relationship moving forward, which may include the establishment of clear boundaries, particularly if parents are stuck in anger and criticism. Establishing boundaries with families can be challenging for long-term same-sex relationships as well. We provide tips for same-sex couples in which there's a continual need for establishing boundaries with families of origin.
South Shore Family and South Shore Sexual Health join with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists in standing against language of sex addiction to describe the sexual behaviors and desires of people with high levels of sexual excitement and low levels of sexual inhibition. Problems may arise in relationships between people with differing levels of excitement and inhibition, but these are relational dynamics that can be discussed through couples and sex therapy.
We will talk about sexual urges, thoughts, and behaviors as natural sexual processes, as ways of exploring who you are and how you can grow both individually and relationally. We will continue to discuss sexuality from a pleasure-centric model, where sex is a way of celebrating the positive sensations and physiological processes of our bodies. And we will continue to explore sexuality in individual and couples contexts, where sex is representative of a decision making process by which you combine intimacy, growth, and pleasure.
The chivalry narrative, a narrative where men protect and take care of women, creates double binds for both genders. It tells women that they have positive qualities that are worth protecting, but the ensuing protection communicates that they are weak and incompetent. It discourages men from expressing needs, wants, and desires while expecting them to be able to concretely express what we want and expect in the bedroom.
This article provides tips for couples seeking to attain more equal relationships by moving away from gendered expectations.