Maria Spada, LPC
We all have times in our lives when we struggle in relationships. Perhaps you’re feeling like there is a breakdown in communication preventing you from connecting in a more emotionally fulfilling way. Perhaps there has been a breach of trust, or you feel lost in conflict. Maybe you feel far apart from each other, or you miss how you used to be together. You are not alone in experiencing relationship challenges and you’ve taken the brave step of reaching out for support.
As a compassionate and experienced couples therapist, I work exclusively with couples to help them build stronger, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships. Together we dive in and explore what’s happening for each of you. I foster a non-judgmental and safe environment where both partners can openly express themselves and be fully heard and understood. We dig out the underlying reasons behind you and your partner’s dynamics and look for what keeps you stuck in those patterns. I help you look at what gets in the way of effectively dealing with the challenges that relationships can bring, and together, consider alternative ways that serve you better. I actively collaborate with you to set achievable goals and develop practical strategies to enhance your relationship by communicating and connecting more effectively. You’ll become empowered to be your best selves, and your best couple, even in times of turmoil.
Every couple is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to relationship counseling. My therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices drawing from Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relational Life Therapy (RLT), Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and the Gottman Method. I carefully assess what will be most effective for your couple.
With dedication and effort, any relationship can be transformed into a source of joy and fulfillment. I have helped scores of couples navigate their challenges, strengthen their bonds, and create healthier relationships. I am here to accompany and support you every step of the way on your path to the more fulfilling and harmonious partnership you desire.
A little bit more about me: I came to this profession with extensive life experiences (including raising kids, living abroad, and starting successful businesses), along with a desire to help, and I have definitely found my true calling—supporting couples through adversity and growth. Outside of my therapy practice, you’ll find me somewhere in Austin’s amazing greenbelts, or relaxing with a yoga session in the shade.
Area of Expertise
Open-Minded, Warm, and Supportive
Couples—Relationship and Connection Issues
Healing Past Wounds and Personal Growth