Welcome to the Center

Welcome to the Center2018-06-26T20:00:45+00:00

At Center for Intimate Relationships, we support individuals and partners who seek to improve their emotional, physical and sexual intimacy.

Through expertise in relationships, marriage and sex, we help you explore, enhance, create and sustain a passionate, fulfilling relationship.We are honored that you have chosen us to support you on your journey towards personal development and relationship growth!

As a valued client of Center for Intimate Relationships, our ultimate goal is to turn you into raving fans of our practice.
We want you to have the very BEST experience working with our team. To help you get the most value out of this experience, we put together some tips to help you along the way.

Some important information for your reference:

  • Make your appointments a priority. Consistency and attendance are keys to progress and growth.
  • Rather than try to cover every topic in one session, consider which topic is most important for that day and stay focused there.
  • Jot down your thoughts in between sessions so that you can easily access what felt important to you during the week. The most important work tends to happen in between sessions.
  • Therapy is not venting! It’s focused, scheduled time with a professional to help you create change.
  • You don’t have to discuss anything that you don’t want to, however, keep in mind that avoiding subjects or withholding information can impact your progress.

Confidentiality:

We make every effort to keep your information confidential, including the use of HIPAA compliant software and email addresses. However, when it comes to online contact, we simply cannot guarantee full confidentiality.

For general appointment information, feel free to email us or call (contact info included at the end of this packet).

If you need to send an email that shares specifics about the problem you are working on in therapy or about your relationship, we HIGHLY recommend you email us through your client portal account on Simple Practice.

While our email is HIPAA compliant, Simple Practice provides the highest security measures available. Let’s make every effort to keep your communications with us safe.

5 Tips on How to Prepare for Your Therapy Sessions

Expectations Matter

What are reasonable expectations of therapy? As we all know, therapy does not offer guarantees. Here are some points to consider when it comes to expectations:

  • You get out of therapy what you put into therapy. Period.
  • We provide insights, tools and solutions to resolve your issues. But, if you do not integrate the materials, you will not reach your goals. We will bring you our very best and the outcomes of therapy depend on what you do with what we give you.
  • Your mindset is everything. If you believe therapy won’t work, it won’t. However, if you have faith in the process of therapy, your chances of a successful outcome increase tenfold. Notice your mindset.
  • We have found that clients who attend their sessions weekly, and keep a diary or journal of their work and/or who have conversations about the material with their partners in between sessions have the greatest rates of success!
  • Because each person is unique, therapy cannot offer a one size fits all model that offers results in “X” number of sessions. However, our experience has shown us that you will begin to feel shifts between 8 and 10 sessions.
  • If you are here for couples therapy, remember that there are at least 2 personalities in the mix, not just one. Habits form over time and it takes time and practice to create behavioral change.

Keep It Confidential! — Best Email Practices:

We make every effort to keep your information confidential, including the use of HIPAA compliant software and email addresses. However, when it comes to online contact, we simply cannot guarantee full confidentiality.

For general appointment information, feel free to email us or call (contact info included at the end of this packet).

If you need to send an email that shares specifics about the problem you are working on in therapy or about your relationship, we HIGHLY recommend you email us through your client portal account on Simple Practice.

While our email is HIPAA compliant, Simple Practice provides the highest security measures available. Let’s make every effort to keep your communications with us safe.

Life Happens — How We Handle Cancellations and No-Shows:

We know from research and experience that clients make the best progress when they attend weekly therapy sessions.

However, life happens, both for you and for us. Since we want you to have the most successful outcomes, we will offer to replace our “in person” visit with a video conferencing session at your regularly scheduled time or an alternative time. The benefit to you is that you get to stay on track without missing a beat!

If you are unable to meet in person or through video, our standard cancellation policy applies. You can always review our policy on your client portal.

Thank you for honoring our policy!
Know that we are here for you.

What People Are Saying About Their Experience
With the Center for Intimate Relationships

Thank you so much for your support and guidance and ability to provide calming perspective during the most stressful time in our relationship as a couple. Thank you for being consummately trustworthy and committed to your work. Your ability to create a safe space for listening to our points of view was invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Not only did Carolynn help us manage the immediate challenges of being new partners and new parents, but she also helped us to develop communication strategies that will serve us for the rest of our marriage. She’s kind, compassionate, and astute and, with her help, we strengthened the foundation that we already knew we had for a long and loving life together.

Not only is Carolynn a great therapist but in getting to know her through my sessions, it was easy for me to see that she is also an exceptional human being. I genuinely enjoy her personality and her healthy perspective:) THANK YOU, Carolynn!

I continue to learn a great deal from Carolynn and have been able to transform my life relying on her guidance. She is a very empathetic, educated, thought-provoking therapist. Every single time that I leave Carolynn’s office, I am so grateful to have the supportive and non-judgmental environment that she provides. I feel as though Carolynn has absolutely given me all of the tools and guidance I need for true healing.

We have our relationship back. We have our intimacy back. We move around in the same space and carve out time to check in with each other. Carolynn has helped us navigate huge life decisions. She has helped us connect enough again that we decided to have another baby. We know that will bring more stress into our lives again, but with Carolynn behind us – we feel stronger than ever. We feel like we can accomplish anything together as a family.

From the moment we met Carolynn, we knew we were in the right hands. We both connected with her on day one. Carolynn’s passion for her work shines through immediately. My wife and I actually started connecting again. We walk out of her office and always embrace. We hold hands until we had to leave each other again. We always know, as difficult as the session may be, that we are making progress.

We are a lesbian couple who have been together for 10 years. We have two beautiful children together. The stress of parenting and the endless sleep deprivation took a toll on our relationship. We never made time for each other. We took each other for granted and we took our stress out on one another. Something had to change. We both dreamt about what we had when we first met. That time as a couple felt so magical but seemed so distant in our past.

Carolynn helped me to heal and helped to restore our relationship and healthy sex life. I am forever grateful to her for that.

When I began seeing Carolynn, my husband and I had not had sex in years but were beginning to talk about starting a family. I had been to other therapists in the past and had felt uncomfortable and even ashamed. Carolynn created an atmosphere of trust while handling my most intimate issues and her genuine level of caring and investment was evident in every conversation.

With Carolynn’s encouragement and thoughtful insights we explored many elements of my marriage as well as individual issues going on with me that I had not even realized were contributing to our lack of intimacy.

When my husband and I were unexpectedly faced with handling the sorrow of a miscarriage, Carolynn’s depth of knowledge and experience became even more evident by her ability to support me through this dark time in my life.

I am grateful I found The Center for Intimate Relationships and Carolynn! Carolynn has supported me navigating a difficult relationship and finding peace when it ended. With Carolynn’s compassion, patience, and simple direction I was able to use the tools I learned in session and apply it in all my relationships -family friends, workplace, intimate relationships, and most importantly the relationship with myself. I came in not knowing what I wanted or who I was, and today I genuinely love myself and have fulfilling relationships…