Hi, I’m Michael Barmak. Your Relationship Expert.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy based in Cranford, New Jersey. For the past 20 years, I’ve been helping couples and individual partners learn how to manage their difficult feelings, take loving care of themselves and communicate in healthier ways.
I help couples become better partners, lovers and friends by learning how to communicate in a healthier way about make-or-break issues including the lack of emotional and physical intimacy, infidelity and different parenting styles.
I teach partners how to deal with challenging situations including letting go of resentment, forgiving and moving on after a betrayal and being lied to and validating each other even when they don’t agree. I work with partners who are living together or just ‘existing’ together. Partners who are thinking about separating or have already separated and want to learn how to reconnect or if they even want to stay together. Whatever your situation and whatever obstacles are in your way, I’m here to help you heal yourself and your relationship so that you can experience the joys of a more fulfilling life together.
Marriage Counseling Informed by My Own Emotional Journey
I strongly believe that I can only help someone heal as deeply as I have healed. So I’ve invested my time doing my own inner work and learning and practicing different therapies. These include Inner Bonding, a psychospiritual process that teaches personal responsibility for making yourself happy and then sharing your happiness with your partner, and Imago Relationship Therapy for couples which helps both partners feel heard, validated and empathized with.
I am a Certified Inner Bonding facilitator, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and have co-lead the Inner Bonding Facilitator Training Program for the past two years. I have also been profiled on the acclaimed PBS-TV series, Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy as a couple’s therapist expert. My private practice is located in Cranford, NJ, and I offer marriage counseling and couples therapy in person and online for New Jersey residents. I am passionate about the vitality and purpose we can find through sustaining healthy, meaningful relationships, and I can’t wait to help you and your partner experience the joys of a more fulfilling relationship.
Life Outside My Practice
In a previous life, I was a music talent scout for Famous Music Publishing, Paramount Picture’s music division. I express my creativity and joy through playing piano, songwriting, swing dancing and writing children’s books with my wife.
Marriage Counseling for Every Step of Your Relationship Journey
If you’re ready to learn new skills, feel more hopeful about your relationship and start to rekindle your romance, contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to find out more about online couples and marriage counseling in New Jersey and how I can help you move your relationship forward.