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marilyn halls

Marilyn Halls MA, LMHC

I believe that we each have a compelling and unique story to tell. As a counselor, I create a safe and inviting space for you to investigate your own story, share the fullness of your experience, discover your strengths and finally silence the negative tapes that have been playing in your head, holding you back for too long. I believe that greater relief and peace are possible for you. Read my personal profile here.

Marriage and Couples Counseling and More 

Welcome to Counseling Associates of Sarasota, a safe and supportive space where I provide guidance and support through marriage and couples counseling and more. I understand that relationships can face challenges and I am here to help you navigate the complexities of life.

In addition to couples counseling, I offer comprehensive support for those dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions. Life can be unpredictable, and these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, isolated, or stuck. My goal is to help you build stronger connections, improve communication, and foster deeper understanding with your partner.

I am committed to walking alongside you, providing the tools and strategies needed to manage these difficult emotions and situations. As an empathetic and experienced therapist, I create a non-judgmental environment where you can explore your feelings, gain insights, and work towards positive change. Whether you’re facing the challenges of a relationship, struggling with mental health issues, or adjusting to a significant life transition, I am here to help you find balance, resilience, and hope.

Marriage and Couples Counseling

I understand that relationships can face challenges, and I’m here to provide relationship guidance and support through specialized marriage and couples counseling.

Counseling’s Role in Improving Relationships

Both research and real-world practice has shown that couples therapy is highly effective in improving relationship quality, and its benefits can last for years. It’s adaptable to different types of couples, including unmarried couples, couples preparing for marriage, same-sex couples and those experiencing significant life transitions such as relocation or becoming empty nesters.

My Use of the Gottman Method

I’ve been trained in “The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy” including addressing trauma and infidelity. It is a research-based approach to relationship therapy that emphasizes the importance of emotional connection and healthy communication between partners. Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, it is built on the “Sound Relationship House” theory and extensive studies on couples in what has been dubbed the “Love Lab.” Our goal in working together will be to help you build a solid foundation of friendship, manage conflicts constructively, and create shared meaning in your relationship.

How does this work?

By addressing communication issues, enhancing emotional intimacy, and providing you with the tools to resolve conflicts, I can help you build a stronger, more resilient partnership. Your willingness to engage in this process reflects the strength of your bond and your desire to create a healthy, fulfilling relationship. Note that I provide couples counseling and relationships counseling for individuals via Zoom in Florida. Read more about my couples counseling practice here.

Anxiety/Stress, Depression, Grief/Loss and Life Transitions

In addition to marriage and couples counseling, I offer comprehensive support for those dealing with anxiety/stress, depression, grief/loss, and life transitions, all of which can overlap somewhat:

    • In today’s fast paced world, increasing numbers of people are feeling anxious and stressed.
    • An estimated 17 million adult Americans suffer from depression during any one year. Depression can affect anyone.
    • The emotional turmoil one experiences from the loss of a loved one, of a job or of connections owing to relocation can lead to a range of psychological symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and a sense of hopelessness.

Seeking professional help, such as therapy or counseling, can be very beneficial in all cases. Leaning on family, friends, or support groups can also provide a sense of connection and understanding, helping you navigate your emotions.

I use a combination of therapeutic approaches when treating anxiety and stress. Be assured that I am committed to providing personalized and compassionate care to help you navigate your journey towards managing anxiety and stress and achieving emotional well-being.

In Conclusion…

I understand that life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, especially when they impact your closest relationships. As a dedicated therapist, I specialize in couples counseling, helping partners navigate through conflicts, strengthen their bonds, and build a healthier, more fulfilling relationship.

In addition to couples counseling, I offer compassionate support for individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, and major life transitions. Whether you’re experiencing a personal crisis, mourning a loss, or struggling with the demands of a significant change, I am here to provide a safe, supportive space for healing and growth.

Take the First Step Towards Healing

I’m committed to helping you find balance and peace in your life and relationships. Don’t wait to start your journey to well-being. Let me help you find harmony in your life and relationships.

If and when you are ready and you want guidance to make changes in your life arising from topics touched on here, I invite you to call me today to set up an appointment held on Zoom by either by phoning me at (941) 306 1235 or emailing me at [email protected].

I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation if you have questions you would like answered before beginning counseling.