Marital therapy consists of three “clients” in the room…both individuals and the marriage. Each partner in the marriage has a story, and in addition, there is the story of the marriage. In marital therapy, at Bryan Counseling, we explore how the individual stories of the partners overlap, conflict, trigger and complement each other’s stories and the story of the marriage. It is vulnerable and oftentimes difficult work to really look at the ways the styles of relating, and forms of attachment, that were developed long before a person met his or her partner continues to impact one's ability to love and to feel loved. We explore the common barriers to intimacy, communication patterns in a relationship, and the individual and marital narratives being played out, as we attend to the needs of the individuals and of the marriage.