Jamie Gaskin, MA, PLPC, NCC
Being in a relationship or married is not easy. We were all raised differently, so how are we supposed to make our relationship work when we weren’t given the proper tools? What does communication look like? How do we resolve conflict? How can we understand that a disagreement doesn’t have to escalate to conflict or get physical? How do we make sense of the yelling, arguing, avoiding, withdrawing, ignoring, and lack of physical and emotional connection? How do we learn something we have never been taught or shown in order to get us a different response in our relationship or marriage?
I work with individuals, couples and families to identify and explore unhealthy patterns of behaviors that interfere with client’s achieving their full potential in personal and professional relationships. I approach counseling from an attachment framework by utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy and Experiential Therapy.
I specialize is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples, which is a structured approach that is based on adult attachment and bonding. Understanding the attachment history of each individual helps me to understand the patterns each get stuck in and make sense of the interaction in couple relationships.
EFT helps us to understand how we became who they are, why we cope the way we do, and how to do something different. We can learn new behaviors once we have identified the unhealthy ones creating new cycles and secure bonds between partners.