junelle barrett porter, mft
Helping everyday people find a new way
Santa Rosa Therapy

Couples Relationship Counseling

"When we marry someone, we marry every part of that person's history, and we sign up to respond to acts we have never done." ~ Stan Tatkin PH.D
Therapy and Counseling for Marriages and Partnerships

Therapy for Couples

Many of us begin relationships enjoying an abundance of love, excitement and delight that promises to last forever. Over time we discover that the sweetness has soured, leaving us feeling disillusioned, disappointed, deprived and angry. Sound familiar? If so, let me assure you that this doesn't mean you've failed. Almost every couple can benefit from help at some point in their relationship. Close, intimate relationships have the powerful ability to bring out the best and the worst in us. They evoke our deepest wisdom and joy as well as our most childish petty behaviors. Relationships can be difficult, requiring us to grow and cultivate the best within us in order to give and receive the love that we want to experience with our partner.

My approach is active, empathic and direct. I intervene to correct unhelpful patterns and provide skills, tools and perspectives that facilitate sustainable improvements.

I will help you

  • How to fight well and smart
  • Reconnect if there has been too much distance and loneliness
  • Discuss and differ productively over the hard issues
  • Rebuild trust and safety if trust has been ruptured
  • Identify your wants and needs and effectively ask for them
  • Develop healthy boundaries that keep you connected and protected
  • Fight for what is worth fighting for responsibly, constructively and with authenticity
  • Grow your intimacy, whether it be emotional, intellectual or physical

As a licensed therapist, I have been practicing over 30 years and 20 of those years have included working with couples. While my work has been informed by several models of Couples Therapy, my style and methods are most aligned with the Work of Terrence Real, founder of the Relational Life Institute in Cambridge MA.

Therapy, Psychotherapy & Counseling - Licensed and Caring


"Thank you for your help through a rough time in my life. I think of you and our sessions fondly. You really helped me learn how to think clearly and sanely about things."

How do I get started?

Take some time to contemplate your situation. If you feel that you would like to meet me and see if therapy might be helpful for you, I offer a free 25 minute consultation. That will give you a chance to meet me, ask questions and we can each get a sense of what it would be like to work together.

If you'd like to speak with me or make an appointment, please call at 707-792-2654.

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