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Joan Miller, Ph. D

Compassionate Counseling for Individuals and Couples

By Joan Miller, Ph.D.

Relationship Counseling

You’ll learn the pitfalls of unrealistically believing:  "If you love me, you'll accept me as I am.  You'll change to be exactly who I want you to be."  You will rather come to appreciate that compassionate lovers believe, "If I love you, I'm committed to respecting both you and me, as we strive to create a rich and satisfying life together."

​To learn more about how I can help you,

call for your complimentary 20 minute consultation at 770-952-3308.

Falling in love is a natural process, blending our emotions with physical and chemical responses. But sustaining a caring relationship requires more than having warm caring feelings.  Important components of a partnership include mutual respect, affection, a sense of good will, emotional safety, persistence, humor, honesty, and motivation.  Additionally, it’s important for couples skillful at communicating, problem solving, and resolving differences.  Unfortunately, these attitudes and skills do not come automatically with being in a committed relationship.

I can help you understand what assets and liabilities you bring to a relationship, how your relationship developed, and how to create a sustainable and satisfying relationship. 

In therapy, I’ll help you to:

  • ​Understand the variables of the selection process, including your assets and liabilities​
  • Examine your realistic and unrealistic expectations​
  • Recognize the elements of a power struggle​ when you discover your differences
  • Develop effective communication
  • Learn to simultaneously respect yourself and your partner while discussing differences​
  • Effectively resolve differences as they arise; and modify the resolution when necessary
  • Avoid criticism, contempt, defensiveness, belligerence and/or withdrawal
  • Create a healing environment as you experience increased joy and passion within the relationship
  • Deepen intimacy and increase your sexual enjoyment