Life, Love and YOU, Carlsbad Therapy

Helping Couples who are Considering a Seperation or Break-Up Through Therapy

Considering one of the many ways couples as well as individuals can heal through therapy is important if you truly want your relationship to work… and if youwant to develop more connectedness to who you are truly. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a couple can face is addiction. Addictions come in many forms. Often when people think about addiction, they have an image in their mind of a bumbling drunk or a tweaked out speed addict. The truth is, there are other types of addictions which people use to shield the pain of their own inadequacies. Forms of addition include drug/alcohol/substance abuse, gambling/shopping/working/food, love/sex, and exercise.

Addiction in any long-term committed relationship has an affect on everything and everyone including you, your children, your family, and your friends. Often times in relationships where addiction is present, there has been infidelity, or abuse or both. Couples in this type of relationship are some of the unhappiest people you will ever meet. Present in this type of relationship are two people in a push pull effect… one is constantly trying to fix the other person and that person is using everything they can to run away. The best option for this type of couple is individual and couples therapy. Through individual therapy, the fixer can become less co-dependent and the addict can begin to deal whatever issues have haunted them so badly they use addiction to escape.


“I will do anything in my power, I am willing, I am ready… because I love you more then anything. I will see past myself so that I can see YOU.”


Helping Couples with their Issues Individually Through Therapy

Addiction is defined by an urge to engage in a certain type of activity or use a certain type of substance (despite the potential outcomes), which can be devastating to an individual’s physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial wellbeing. Therapy offers a wide range of techniques such as; Lifespan Integration, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, Experiential Theory, Art Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, or Attachment Theory which can be used individually or can be combined depending on the individual needs and preferences of the person seeking help.


“You have to be willing to put yourself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort should mean nothing to you as long as you can see the experience will take you to a new level. You have to be interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often-painful process.”

~Taken from a quote by Diana Nyad

Nurturing Healing, Growth, Clarity and Vision Through Art Therapy

Art therapy offers individuals a way to express who they are through imagination and creative expression… for some art soothes the soul, it helps to reduce stress and thus the bounds of life that keep them imprisoned… Art as a therapeutic medium can help someone discover what is truly going on deep within…

Expressive arts therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form.

Expressive therapy can soothe one’s soul and help you manage stress. If you have many things on your plate, you can manage them much easier with art therapy. Contrary to traditional art expression, the process of creation has the most emphasis… it is less about the final product and more about the creative process. By tapping into one’s natural capacity for creative expression and creative community, we can nurture healing, growth, clarity, and vision within.

“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes it’s also a matter of opportunity.”


Alison Strateabuse, art, therapy