As the parents of a child with special needs, constant caregiving and stress have eclipsed the joy you felt when you first fell in love. You’ve lost the spark because there’s just not enough left in the tank to pour into your marriage. Water|Fire Couples' Coaching will teach you to connect and communicate joyfully again. Together we will bolster the support and fulfillment you receive from each other that will fuel you to face your family’s challenges as a team.
Learn to accept and support the way your spouse sees and copes with your child's disability. Value the different perspectives that you each bring to the table.
THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Identify the negative fear cycle that keeps your relationship stuck. Understand that your spouse’s anger, criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling are mechanisms to reduce their feelings of vulnerability. Concepts from the teachings of Dr. John Gottman and Dr. David Woodsfellow are applied to Water|Fire marriages.
Unwind your fear cycle and strengthen your relationship's love cycle by soothing your spouse compassionately when you least feel like it and when your spouse least deserves it. Help your spouse relieve their fear and stress and empower them to be the best partner and parent they can be.
ROOM TO BREATHE
Understand and appreciate a day in the life of your spouse. Discover ways to care for your spouse in the way they long to receive love. Nurture fondness and admiration for your partner.
US AGAINST THE WORLD
Improve your conflict resolution skills by learning to express your core needs, areas of flexibility, and the stories and dreams behind your desires in a particular situation. Learn to honor each partner's goals.
LET’S GET IT ON
Create time for sexual intimacy and learn to overcome some of the common hurdles that can make this aspect of your marriage difficult. Gain a deeper understanding of the wife's infradian rhythm (monthly cycle) and activate its power to make sex more enjoyable for both partners.