About Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW

Dawn Lipthrott, couples counselor bioI am a marriage and relationship counselor /coach, marriage educator, and a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years experience working exclusively with couples and individuals for marriage and relationship counseling. Prior to private practice, I worked with individuals, families, and groups from a wide background.

I firmly believe that our lives, groups, societies and the world as a whole are made up of relationship networks. Marriage or commited partnership can be one of the most satisfying and enriching -- and can be one of the most painful at times.

Even the best relationships have conflict. However, sometimes the loving connection is gradually replaced by tension, disconnection, pain and loneliness. Small conflicts can spiral into hurtful arguments or shutting down and can lead to the destruction of the relationship.

But with information and tools, and a re-building of safe connection, conflict can open doors that help both people move into deeper love and advance on their road to wholeness as passionate partners, and allies. They can build or recapture that 'unshakeable sense of US' that they can rely on and feel safe in. More often than not, couples can take steps they need to build the marriage or relationship they both most want.

Some therapists try to take any type of client for any type of problem -- a jack-of-all-trades approach. Some of those do provide effective couples counseling. While I had experience in a variety of settings early in my career, I decided about 25 years ago to focus exclusively on marriage and relationship issues. When I need help for my health or something else, I prefer to go to a specialist in that area -- or at least someone who has a passion for working with those kinds of issues. I wanted to become that kind of specialist for marriages and love relationships. It was the right choice for me because I still love working with couples, even after all these years.

I obtained extensive post graduate trainings in marriage and relationship issues and tools, and I still continue to focus my continuing education in those areas. I believe there is always more to learn! With my certification as an Advanced Clinician and Workshop Presenter through the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy (now Imago Relationships International), and my experience with so many couples, I believe I bring special knowledge and skills to help people create, repair, nourish and empower conscious, intentional, relationships. (I also use the information and tools in my own relationship!)

I present the Getting the Love You Want workshop in Orlando, Florida and I was requested to present it at the Omega Institute conference center in New York. I see couples in my office in Winter Park, Florida (just outside Orlando).

I offer coaching, education, workshops, training, consultation, courses and counseling for marriages, partnerships, friendships and other types of adult relationships. 95% of my practice is focused on couples. I always feel honored to be trusted with something as sacred as a person's marriage, life partnership, or other important relationship. Sometimes I works with individuals who are not in a significant relationship with the goal of providing information and skills individuals they need to overcome ineffective relationship patterns or build a strong relationship in the future.

Couples have come from all over Florida, across the country, Canada, to work with me in a 2-day private workshop or marriage intensive. People have sought help from me as far away as Hong Kong, Australia, Portugal and other countries. I am honored to be considered by some of my colleagues as a 'therapist's therapist', and I sometimes help other counselors with their own marriage or relationship issues.

"I appreciate Dawn's heart, thinking, and depth of understanding."
Dr. Harville Hendrix, creator of Imago Relationship Therapy

When not working, I enjoy photography, working on family history, reading, relaxing in nature and spending time with family and friends.

To obtain more information or to make an appointment email me. (I can respond to e-mail more quickly, but I'm happy to talk to you by telephone as well. It can help to set a time through email to talk briefly by telephone) You may also want to look at the services of the Relationship Learning Ctr.

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