Couples Therapy

At L2t we work with a range of couples, from those who are in crisis to those want to take their relationship to a new level. We work with couples marked by addictions to help them break the addiction cycle and the system that supports the addiction. Through our psychodynamic approach, we acknowledge that each partner brings their own perceptions, beliefs, expectations, family of origin lens, and relationship history to the partnership. We realize that as couples go through different seasons in their relationship they will encounter challenges that impact their communication, intimacy, ability to co-parent, and experience of fulfillment in the relationship. Sorting through both the partner’s and the couple’s needs, disappointments, and goals can be overwhelming, particularly during times of stress. Meeting with a couples’ therapist can empower couples to address their challenges, improve their bond, and experience a more fulfilling relationship.
Our therapist works from a psychodynamic approach and an attachment theory perspective. She uses elements of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Systems Theory to help couples restore and improve their relationship.

Our therapist customizes an approach that meets the couple’s specific needs as well as ensuring that each individual’s needs are addressed. A typical intake includes a couple’s session followed by individual sessions with each partner and then another couple’s session to provide feedback and collaborate with the couple on the best approach to address their concerns. However, sometimes couples only meet together and do not attend in individual sessions with the therapist. Couples who are in crisis may want to do intensive sessions that last longer the typical one-hour session. Half day intensives are available.

AudrieAna Gardner, MSW, LISW-S
Individual & Couples Therapist, Life Coach

 

I have experienced and witnessed that the insights and breakthroughs gained in therapy, coaching, and psychoeducation can change one’s life trajectory in a powerful and life-giving way.  It is because of this that I am passionate about empowering people to take the courageous steps through the process of personal growth and emotional healing.  Whether in therapy, coaching, or teaching, I am committed to the process of helping you understand your past and present experiences so that you are able to gain freedom and thrive.  Believe it or not, the puzzle pieces do finally come together!

TRAUMA & RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST:  My specialties include relationships, attachment, parenting, addictions, trauma, and couples therapy. I have extra training in psychodynamic approaches based in attachment theory including Emotion Focused Therapy (Associate in EFT) and Developmental and Relational Trauma (DARTT certification). By using these modalities I help individuals, couples, and families deepen self-understanding, improve self-compassion, experience inner healing, and strengthen relationships and family systems.  I am honored to join you in your personal or professional journey.

On a personal note, I am married and have three sons. I value the lessons I have learned through both my failures and successes in marriage and parenting. My interests include faith and spirituality, fitness and sports, music and the arts, travel and calculated adventure! I especially enjoy sharing good times, good food, and laughter with family and friends.

I created Learn2Thrive, a boutique mental health practice in Cincinnati, where we fully customize our approach to meet your needs.  We pursue a positive and collaborative approach to working with clients, business partners, and fellow organizations. We believe in the strength of practicing together as a community of clinicians who seek to provide excellent services in a supportive environment.  As such a community, we strive to create a safe relaxed atmosphere where clients and clinicians alike can learn to thrive.

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