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Relationship Counseling Group Therapy

Working with couples seeking relationship counseling over the years we have noticed that the most common complaints in their sessions are often: “We are so disconnected,” or “we don’t communicate as we used to,” or “I feel alone in this marriage.” One thing for sure is that your relationship started off very well, but things changed; life got busier, children were introduced to the union, and each of you began to give less attention to nurturing their relationship.

Less nurturing means less emotional and physical availability and accessibility resulting in irritability, communication breakdown, and ultimately leading to you feeling disconnected in your relationship. However, we want you to notice it is the relationship stress that is causing you to feel the disconnection. You are not necessarily romantically disengaged from each other; otherwise, you will not be thinking about therapy. The fact that you are interested in relationship counseling is indicative that you are desirous of rekindling your relationship with your partner.

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Most Insurances Accepted.

Your relatable idea of the type of relationship you wanted can be traced back to the type of relationship you cultivated and maintained with your parents in childhood. Parents and other caregivers model to us beliefs, values, expectations and attitudes about ourselves and towards our partners. As we grow we progressively re-create and internalize these working models of ourselves and others. The particular internalized working model we have of ourselves and others (safe vs. unsafe, secure vs. insecure) become consolidated over time as we form additional relationship types (peer, friendship, romantic, employee) with others.


Couples come to rely on each other to satisfy 100% of their need for care, attention, affection, and validation 100% of the time. They come to view each other as they view their primary attachment figure of childhood. This 12 weeks Relationship Group Therapy is designed to help you rekindle your relationship by exploring early childhood trauma and how it comes to serve as a barrier in your current relationship. 

12 Weeks Relationship Counseling Group Therapy Starts from 4th,May 2023 at 7:00 PM

Therapy that is designed to help you rekindle your relationship.

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  • Week 1

    Falling in Love - Revisiting that first time you met each other. The euphoria and energy you experienced then self-propelled your relationship. The natural cerebral condition generated desire and interest in each other.

  • Week 2

    Friendship - How you see your partner in the relationship influences your motivation to work on resolving conflict and differences. When you were friends you acknowledged and appreciated each other's quirkiness and respected the premise: different doesn't mean wrong, it's just different. Think about it, when you treated each other as friends, were you not more open to accepting your partner as they are?

  • Week 3

    Caring and Affection - Here we build on week 2 by exploring how easy it was for you to demonstrate care, affection, attention and validation. You still have that ability in you.

  • Week 4

    Acceptance - Individuals have a relatable idea of how they would like their partner to be in the relationship. However, we ignore each others' strengths and weaknesses, which allows us to keep a more balanced view of each other and feel safe to be our authentic selves in the relationship.

  • Week 5

    Empathy - It is possible to maintain parallel interests and still feel emotionally safe and connected. Being able to share our independent thoughts, feelings and behaviors with our partner without being criticized or judged are windows that allow fresh streams of trust, care and concern to flow through and refresh your relationship.

  • Week 6

    Emotional Intimacy - A client once described this as "into me cee." Intimacy allows your partner to feel seen, heard, supported and validated. Intimacy does not mean taking over your partner's problems or concerns. It means having a healthy sense of "I" and "we" and that you are confident enough to respect and value each others' similarities and differences.

  • Week 7

    Rituals - This is the lifeline of your relationship. Some people set aside time each day to do something together, i.e., pray, talk, watch a movie, sip wine etc. If you don't spend time together how is it possible that your relationship will stand the test of time?

  • Week 8

    Temperament - Your partner is not you and you are not your partner, yet we expect our partner to show the same response, attitude, beliefs and expectations. The truth is, there are no two beings that are exactly the same. Remember, difference does not mean wrong; it is just different.

  • Week 9

    Influences - We are constantly influenced by people, places and things in our environment. The most powerful influence on our relationship are those internal working models (positive or negative) unconsciously at work. We can tell you that your partner may just be triggering an unmet need for care, attention, affection and validation.

  • Week 10

    Values - We are taught that values are the bedrock of our existence. That may be true, however values teach us to respect and learn the meanings of your partner's values. Being aware of each other's personal values serves as an internal reference point for what your partner regards as good, acceptable, useful, and appropriate for themselves and others.

  • Week 11

    How I think - Everyone has been hardwired to filter information that influences how they experience each other in their relationship. Growing up in the same culture, home, or neighbourhood does not mean you will have the same experience. We all experience life differently and will therefore respond differently to our partners due to our unique early childhood experiences.

  • Week 12

    How we Communicate - The dynamics of your relationship balance how you communicate with each other. When you communicate your need for care, attention, affection, and validation, you often feel unheard or misunderstood, or your partner takes over your conversation. When you understand the barriers to communication in your relationship, you will be able to listen and respond to each other respectfully and start to feel the rekindling taking effect.

This group will be in-person at Rockville Center.

Most Insurances Accepted.

12 Weeks Relationship Counseling Group Therapy Starts from 4th,May 2023 at 7:00 PM

Therapy that is designed to help you rekindle your relationship.

Your Therapists

Clinton Clovis

Clinton Clovis, LMHC, CCTS-F, CAM-II

Clinton Clovis, LMHC, CCTS-F, CAM-II, is a licensed mental health counselor and a member of the National Anger Management Association. Clinton has worked as a Correctional Officer and Program Coordinator for Rehabilitation Services within the penal system. Clinton has received training in forensic psychology hosted by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. In his years working in the correctional system, he participated in workshops on restorative justice conducted by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Clinton is the President of The New Hope Mental Health Counseling Services, CEO of Promotus business consulting, and a founding board member of The Speak Hope Foundation. He is currently in the last year of his Ph.D. in psychology at Northcentral University. Clinton brings over 25 years of experience to the AMGT to help you develop the techniques and strategies to cope with and manage your anger.

Lisa Farray Atkins

Lisa Farray Atkins, MSEd., LMHC, CCTS-F

Hi! I am Lisa Farray Atkins, I am a dedicated and experienced Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over ten years of collaborative proven skills in successfully providing counseling, advisement, and mentoring. My purpose continues to assist in enhancing the learning and the personal growth of individuals as they set goals for success. Through both my personal and professional growth I came to understand the potential healing power of therapy that comes with raising the consciousness of my clients. I have developed skills in working with people on ways to deepen relationships and their internal happiness as they define it using treatment modalities that include cognitive-behavioral, coaching, existential, humanistic, and psychodynamic.


At The New Hope MHCS, I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency. I strive to ensure that your experience with The New Hope MHCS meets the highest ethical standard possible. I work closely with the clinical team developing, planning, and implementing strategies for program continuation and growth. I ensure that ongoing clinical training to clinical staff and interns follow protocols that comply with state and other governmental agencies.

Antoinette Neil

Antoinette Neil, Facilitator
MS Clinical Psychology, CIMHP

Hi! I am Antoinette Neil, I was born and raised in NYC, but my family background is from Trinidad and Tobago, WI. I graduated from Stanford Hill University with a master’s in clinical psychology. My purpose is to inspire my clients, not to just “feel better” about themselves, but to feel empowered to face their most challenging situation through identifying self-imposed obstacles, self-defeating beliefs, and toxic emotional thought patterns.


Experiencing firsthand mental illness with my own family members and watching them struggle has taught me to show compassion and to be more supportive. I have learned to be an active listener and to focus on healing through love and caring. My goal is to be supportive of my clients and the members of the community in which I live. I draw upon person-centered, psychodynamic, culturally-sensitive, and trauma-informed therapies, as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches to support my clients.

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