Providing Individual, Couple’s and Family Therapy in Chester County
One of my specialties is couple’s therapy. Even during the extremely hard times, if you still want to save your relationship, there is still real hope: highly distressed couples, with support, can reconnect and renew their bond.
There are many issues that can feel threatening to a couple:
- Are you stressed-out because you don’t feel as connected with your partner as you once were?
- Is your partner becoming more distant and withdrawn? Or are they very angry and confrontational?
- Do your fights frequently seem the same and are you frustrated because there is never really true resolution?
- Is the intimacy you once shared much less frequent?
- Do you fear the possibility of an affair? Or has your partner been unfaithful?
- In this age of easy and available technology, have you or your partner developed an addiction to porn?
The outcomes of couple’s therapy can lead to:
- Greater connection.
- Deeper insight and understanding of what factors are leading to stress in your relationship (and how to change them).
- Heightened ability to communicate.
- Restoring trust.
- Developing and maintaining a stronger, more loving (and lasting) bond.
- Giving couples the ability to successfully navigate life’s transitions: marriage, having children, career changes, the empty nest syndrome, and retiring together happily.
I am committed to serving all couples, including those in the LBGTQ community.
Successful relationships can significantly improve our overall health, happiness, well-being and even longevity. Healing your primary relationship can lead to a profound and positive difference in your quality of life.
The model I use most often use with couples is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which was created by Dr. Sue Johnson. This is a highly respected and researched model, with well over 20 years of studies that support it. Results from this research show that a more secure, loving and lasting bond is created in 75% of the distressed couples that go through the EFT process (90% of couples report improvement in their relationship). Additionally, because of the attachment needs that this model is based on are universally experienced, this perspective has been shown to be effective for all couples, regardless of race, gender or nationality.
- Do you feel hopeless? Are your feelings heightened by the fact that other people believe you should be able to just “shake it off” and get on with your life? This can lead to even deeper feelings of powerless and despair. Depression impacts as many as one in three people and can be overwhelming.
- Does the stress in your body sometimes feel out of control? Rapid heart rate, accelerated breathing, racing pulse and tension are just some of what people experience when anxiety takes hold. Panic attacks can be so overpowering that worrying about having another can become a major part of the anxiety experience.
- Do you suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)? Symptoms include intrusive thoughts about what happened to you to vivid nightmares about the event or events; consistent and re-occurring thoughts are also present regarding needing to protect yourselves or your loved ones from danger.
EMDR Therapy, which was developed on the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, has been shown, through research and in therapy sessions, to powerfully address these issues. Millions of people have benefitted world-wide. It can dramatically change the way people feel about themselves ~ while putting difficult experiences and trauma in the past, where they belong. Additionally, people can feel much more equipped to handle stress and anxiety in the future. It is hypothesized that EMDR Therapy taps into the brain’s natural healing mechanism, which is why it can make such a significant difference.
I have been frequently inspired by the results that EMDR Therapy has produced for many of my clients. The attunement between therapist and client opens up pathways to healing. In the hands of a well-trained therapist, EMDR therapy can transform lives.
My work with individuals and Families includes:
- Compassionately working with individuals with PTSD and other traumas to reduce and even eliminate symptoms.
- Effectively addressing anger management issues.
- Calming anxiety and reducing depression.
- Increasing self-image & self-esteem.
- Providing support and hope for individuals dealing with divorce and separation.
- Assisting individuals in troubled relationships, when their partners do not want to come to therapy.
- Supporting families in crisis (for example, intense interpersonal conflict between family members; assistance for the entire family in coping with a child coming out; dealing with the death of a loved-one).
"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today."~ Author Unknown
David Nicholson, LMFT
Phone: (610) 314-6911
516 E. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA. 19335
- My office is on the second floor of 516 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown.
- It is between Healing Hands Massage and the Human Services Building.
- Parking is in the alley directly behind the building (there is no parking on Lancaster Avenue/Route 30).
- You can get to Sycamore Alley either at the shell Station (Where Route 113 turns into Whiteland Avenue) or after the Human Services Building.
- If you are going west on Lancaster Ave. and come to route 113 you have gone too far.
- If you are going east on Lancaster Ave. and come to the Black Hawk Center you have gone too far.
- Park behind the 516 Building. Walk around to the front entrance. Go up the stair case to the second floor. My office is all the way back to the right.