PROFESSOR OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
My academic education is in human sexuality while my clinical roots and training are in Couples & Family Therapy. I am immensely grateful for this education and training because 75 percent of my practice is working with couples. A good relationship doesn’t guarantee a good sex life, however a lack of connection all but guarantees that sex isn’t as good as it could be.
Sex is the major distinguishing factor between a friendship and an intimate relationship. When couples enjoy a deep connection along with a fulfilling sex life, they have established the foundation of a solid relationship that is built to withstand the test of time.
The majority of the couples I work with have already seen multiple therapists. They are often frustrated, stuck and hopeless. Many of my couples have perpetual unresolved problems and have been doing battle with each other over the same issues for many years. My clients often tell me that there work with me feels different than previous therapy. There are several reasons, however fundamentally, I treat each couple as unique people and taylor my approach to meet their needs. In terms of style, I am a strength-based, solution focused couples counselor, with core beliefs and training that align with Positive Psychology. I find that for most couples, those methods simply feel better and more productive than other methods. I also believe couples are incredibly resilient and no matter how bad things may seem, there is always hope.
From the very first session, my goal is to help you improve your relationship. Toward that end, we will focus on getting a process in place designed to help you reach your goals. Each week, we will work to make things a little better. Every couple is unique, yet many of my clients report feeling better after only one or two sessions.
If I am not taking new clients and you want to work with your partner on relationship issues, I encourage you to make sure that whoever you see has extensive training in couples counseling. To non-therapists, it may all look the same however it is not. Couples work is unique!
Dr. Neil Cannon is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor, and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). Neil is the Colorado Section Leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT). Neil is also an Instructor at The University of Michigan School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program and is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute.