During these unprecedented times – with a pandemic, economic turmoil, and political upheaval – depression and anxiety are practically universal . Additionally, more people today are experiencing loneliness and isolation due to social distancing. A key component of close, well-functioning romantic relationships is that individuals see their partners as accepting, concerned with their welfare, understanding, and supportive . It’s important for one to see his or her partner as responsive to their needs. With the pandemic navigating stressors such as unemployment, economic hardship, distance learning, remote work, and negotiating personal time and closeness creates a context in which it is more difficult for partners to be responsive to each other’s needs .
||Jianny Adamo, LMHC
When faced with external stress, anxiety and/or depression individuals are more likely to communicate in ways that are overly critical or argumentative. They also tend to blame their partner and have more difficulty listening to their partner’s concerns and taking their partner’s perspective. When couples get stuck in these patterns, they can become less satisfied with their partner and their relationship, which in turn intensifies mental health issues. In addition, lower-income couples, given that they are more likely to experience greater losses and hardships, are apt to be at higher risk for marital distress and divorce. However, couples who are able to cultivate resiliency through good communication, being supportive and responsive to each other throughout the COVID-19 crisis will likely grow stronger and increase the quality of their lives.
Understand how chronic stress affects individuals and marriages
- Building resiliency with intimacy building strategies to cope with the stress of the pandemic
- Equip clients with the tools to navigate the changes through positive communication and effective styles of resolving conflict
- Recognize the signs of an abusive relationship when working with couples
- Get through the roadblocks to help clients embrace a growth mindset
- Instill hope to help clients see the opportunities for a healthier life and relationship
With over 13 years of clinical experience including 10 years as a tele-health therapist, Jianny Adamo holds a Mental Health Counselor License in Florida, a Professional Counselor License in New Jersey and received an MA in Counseling from Nyack College, NY. Jianny uses an interactive, eclectic style drawing from CBT, Gestalt, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed, IMAGO Relationship Therapy, Life Coaching, Short-term Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology to support her clients to transition through stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and/or trauma to create a rewarding life and fearless loving relationships.
Jianny’s desire to educate and empower led her to write From Love Trauma To Fearless Love: 7 Tango Steps for Breaking Free from Narcissists and Predators, an Amazon #1 New Release (2018). The book is a heroine’s journey to getting her power back. It explores red flags, identifies narcissistic abuse, sexual trauma and explains how to survive and recover. In 2017, Jianny was honored with the Relationship Coach of the Year Award by Women in Ecommerce of South Florida. She is an active member of the Palm Beach County Mental Health Counselors Association, and is a featured writer/expert/contributor on YourTango.com, Bride, MSN, Glamour, PsychCentral, OnMogul, eHarmony, PopSugar, and more. Jianny is the host and producer of Passion Unlimited Podcast.