In my view, the three most important predictors of a good relationship are:
How willing is each to please the other?
How well has the couple worked out a system by which to solve conflict?
How committed to change are they?
During initial hour-long sessions, each person’s view of the issues creating the dissatisfaction in the relationship is assessed. The couple's abilities to communicate (verbalizing and listening) and to clarify expectations, strengths, and needs are all focuses of treatment. I also specialize with couples where one party (or both parties) has ADHD whose cognitive style impacts on the relationship. Specialized systems are devised based on the individuals’ life style. Furthermore, an appreciation of the creativity and contributions that ADHD can have to the relationship is developed.
My Approach to Pre-Marital Counseling
?I see couples before marriage who want to enhance their communication, greater self-awareness, and deeper emotional understanding of their partner. I help them address issues that include, but are not limited to, money, sex, child rearing, religion, family, friends, and monogamy. By confronting issues before the marriage, and learning new ways to deal with them, they set a tone in their relationship that they are committed to solve anything that may arise. Greater intimacy usually develops and becomes a stronger foundation for their future.
Bel Michele is also listed in Best Marriage Therapists in New York City
Licensing & Certifications:
- License State: New York
- License Number: 009280, received 1987
- Marriage & Family
Services Provided Via:
- In person
Working With Marriages for:
- 25 Year(s)
Free Phone Consultations?
Hourly Fees Range: