Couples may enter therapy to work through a crisis, adjust problematic dynamics, or deepen connection and intimacy. Whatever the circumstances, Dr. Varley aims to meet couples where they are and foster a non-judgmental environment conducive to growth. He believes couples have the potential to benefit from therapy at any stage of a relationship or phase of life. Dr. Varley welcomes couples of all ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.
Dr. Varley recognizes each relationship is comprised of individuals with personal histories, traits, needs, and desires. At the same time, every couple is a unique dynamic with its own challenges and opportunities. Working effectively with couples means both honoring the parts and strengthening the whole. In his work with couples, Dr. Varley is especially attuned to communication patterns in the relationship. Other important topics in couple’s therapy may include parenting, family dynamics, infidelity, grief, substance use, life decision and transitions, work, and individual mental health concerns.
Dr. Varley’s theoretical orientation with couples is especially influenced by the work of John and Julie Gottman, Sue Johnson, and Esther Perel.