This is what life has taught me…..and most of the time I’ve learned the hard way.
Life is difficult and sometimes we need help. As human beings we come hard-wired for connection and fully equipped for life’s struggles. At times, however, our internal resources can be difficult to access and we may become overwhelmed with worry, fear, guilt and anxiety. This may be a related to relationship difficulties or the result of stressful and difficult events that happen in our lives or the lives of our children.
Parenting is life’s most rewarding and challenging experience. When times get tough, the best protection for you and your family is a strong bond that connects couples and families together during the inevitable storms of life.
When children are little, parents can kiss thier boo-boo's and make them all better. However, as they get bigger, so do their problems, which can be extremely difficult to deal with for you and for your child. In some cases, problems can even become life threatening and need immediate attention and professional help.
Making a relationship work, IS work! We are social beings and need each other for connection and support. Although this is a biological need for all of us we are not automatically equipped with effective relationship skills. The good news is that we have scientific evidence that tells us which skills are effective and what makes relationships work!
If you are struggling in your relationship with your partner or if you are a parent having issues with your child, please contact me for assistance. I would be honored to work with you!
Dr. Arango is a Developmental Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Parent Coach, and Gottman Workshop Leader. She is certified in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and has Level 3 training in the Gottman Couples Therapy Method and specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. She has been successfully treating couples, adults, kids, and teens dealing with anxiety, perfectionism, conflict, and relationship and parenting issues for more than 15 years. She is on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. She served as the Director of the Professional Counseling Psychology masters program for the past 12 years and continues teaching and training graduate students to become professional counselors. She resides in Miami, FL and is married with two children.