evidence-based relationship and life counseling for individuals and couples in portland, oregon

But in their day-to-day lives, they have hit upon a dynamic that keeps their negative thoughts and feelings about each other (which all people have) from overwhelming their positive ones. They have what I call an emotionally intelligent relationship.

 Kari Carroll, MS, LMFTI, LPCI

Kari Carroll, MS, LMFTI, LPCI

As seen in The Huffington Post.

I absolutely love what I do, and have the best clients who are motivated, aware and engaged. I specialize in the science of relationship therapy, helping Portlanders better understand, approach and enjoy relationships and their role in keeping them strong. Whether you are partnered, single, unsure if your relationship is working, increasing commitment or exiting relational ties, challenges exist at every stage and I can help you increase satisfaction and advocate for your needs. I am currently accepting new clients and offer individual, couples, pre-commitment/premarital counseling and relationship workshops.

A marriage and family therapist and professional counselor trained in the Gottman Method, I help clients figure out what feels wrong in their relationship, how to negotiate these valid needs and emotions, manage conflict, accept influence, create boundaries and repair wounds to help them to get back on track. I also incorporate discussions of social status, power and privilege when I identify disparities in these as influencing relationships. I empower my clients to advocate for trust, honesty and openness in their relational bonds. Using both traditional and progressive methods based on decades of research, I teach clients predictors of breakup and how to avoid them, and how to adopt behaviors that instead are found to lead to highly satisfying, connected relationships. Even if your relationship has taken a sharp turn for the worst, this experience can provide valuable information and can lead to deeper connection if you're willing to put in the work. Sound like a lot to ask? You deserve it.

My therapy is secular and non-religious unless otherwise requested. I am LGBTQIA, POC and poly/kink-inclusive.

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“Kari is a phenomenal counselor! We were thrilled with how useful and productive our couples therapy was. She gave us a wealth of important information about what works and doesn’t work in relationships. She then gave us tools for problem-solving and appreciation in our partnership. We talked through some difficult issues and made lots of progress. We are much better equipped to have a loving and successful bond. We would highly reccommend Kari to anyone looking for relationship therapy!”


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