David Blanchard, MFT
MARRIAGE & COUPLES THERAPIST IN ATLANTA
MY APPROACH TO COUPLES THERAPY
Most couples who consider therapy feel stuck in a destructive cycle that becomes exhausting, isolating, and lonely. We all feel lost at times and do not know how to stop hurting. We all share a common experience at some point in our lives: when our relationships become brittle. Thankfully, we now live in a time where there is an answer based on solid research-based approaches. You don’t have to keep guessing how to make it better.
I have been trained in the most researched forms of couples therapy that have proven outcomes; I completed all three levels of Gottman Method Couples therapy, as well being a Certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator and am currently being training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
As your therapist, my approach is to work collaboratively to support you and your partner to first identify your goals, and then to help you to take steps toward improving your overall quality of your relationship and your life. I strive to make therapy feel safe and supportive. I promise to work hard with you, to guide you through the challenges in life and help you to learn, heal, and change. I have been working in the social services arena for over 20 years, working with widely diverse populations experiencing crisis and life challenges, and I especially like working with couples who are struggling with sex and intimacy, second marriages, step-parenting issues, anger, and difficult family histories.
Throughout my life, I have felt genuinely interested in working to understand how our past difficulties and celebrations affect our current well-being and relationships. I was called to help others over 25 years ago when I served the Peace Corps in the pacific island of Papua New Guinea. I completed a psychology degree from the University of Georgia, then a Master's degree in Family Studies from Auburn University, so that I could work with families struggling with issues related to healthcare and disabilities across Georgia. In order to directly help couples, I completed my Master of Family Therapy degree at Mercer University School of Medicine. When not working, I enjoy the gym, traveling, and scuba diving. But mostly I enjoy being a husband to my friend and wife, as well as being the lucky father to two beautiful children.
Sometimes, we all need objective emotional assistance from a trained perspective to find new insights that can move us towards positive changes in our lives. Often times, couples find themselves expressing anger, resentment, and need support to move beyond old wounds, eroded trust so that they can reconnect in ways that meet relationship needs. I use evidence-based approaches that address underlying reasons that communication has become so difficult. I offer new strategies and a safe environment to develop new habits that can improve individual and relational well-being.
We all have moments where we feel isolated and alone. I am grateful for trust you place in me to you become a better version of yourself and as you take the first step toward this goal, commit to offering a safe, non-judgmental place for you to share your challenges and deepest needs. As a first small step, I invite you to reach out to us to finally receive the support that you deserve.
Please call our administrative assistant, Tiffany, at 678-999-3390, or click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button below to complete an initial form to request an appointment.
Sundays through Thursdays
Poncey Highlands office
Convenient daytime, afternoon and evening hours
COUPLES THERAPY & MARRIAGE COUNSELING IN ATLANTA
Couples Counseling ATL provides couples therapy and marriage counseling in Atlanta from two offices in Grant Park and Poncey Highlands. We also serve Morningside, Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, Kirkwood, and the surrounding communities.