Roger Pereira, Imago Trained Relationship Educator
Journey through Divorce
Couples, Throuples, Polycules
Crisis in Relationship
Sex and Intimacy Issues
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Call or Text 512-655-3878 (office)
or 817-584-5389 (personal cell)
Rates for Sessions:
$120 for 50 minutes
$175 for 80 minutes
first session must be 80 minutes
"Reason is powerless in the expression of Love"
Imago Therapy offers partners the opportunity to practice a more mature form of relating—where both participants seek to understand each other's deepest fears, core values, and needs for growth.
The strategies for relating include:
expressing feelings honestly
constructing creative compromises
Ultimately, it is about moving from a self-centered orientation to one that can cultivate a deep friendship, trust, and respect."
Couples therapy in Lakeway TX ~ Marital Therapy in Austin TX
Practice Owner, Relationship Educator, Personal Coach
My name is Roger Pereira (he/him), and I am a Brazilian-born immigrant. I have lived in the U.S. since I was 20 years old. In addition to English, I can offer sessions for Portuguese and Spanish speaking clients.
I have worked in mental health for nearly 20 years with my wife, Jennifer Pereira. Together, we have run private practices in Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin, a group home for eating disorder treatment in Arlington, TX, and now a large group practice of therapists and dietitians here in Austin.
I have two teenage children, and I've been married for 20 years to Jennifer, the love of my life. We have navigated our fair share of ups and downs in our marriage and family life. I have lived experience with ADHD and parenting children with ADHD. I also have the joy of being a parent of a non-binary child. I can support parents and couples through difficulties they may experience through various life stages and obstacles.
I am a classically trained musician, and I play mostly jazz on guitar. I am a big soccer (futbol) fan. I have two teen children, and I understand parenthood and the strain that can have on relationships. Jennifer and I have been married for over 20 years, and we certainly have experience with the "bad times" we referenced in our vows. Fortunately we made it through hard times, and I can honestly say we are more in love than we were when we first met.
If you and your partner(s) are looking for the spark of love you once felt, you are in the right place. I have the lived experience and the professional training to help you have the relationship you desire.
Relationship Coaching ~ Couples Coaching
Relationship counseling and coaching is an important tool to help couples, throuples, etc. struggling in relationships. The goal is to help them identify the problems in their relationship, find solutions they can both agree upon and bring out deeper understanding and communication. It gives people a safe and understanding space where they can identify and express their feelings and perspectives in a healthy and productive way.
Couples counseling can be beneficial in many different ways. Relationships often involve conflicting perspectives, painful past experiences and unmet needs. Couples counseling can help partners learn new skills for communication, such as active listening, setting boundaries and expressing their feelings in an effective way. This can help couples express their views and feelings about an issue in a constructive manner, instead of resorting to defensiveness and passive aggression.
Relationship counseling can help partners recognize the core issues that have developed in the relationship and allow them to create solutions that address the underlying problems. Counselors and coaches can help couples develop strategies that will assist them in strengthening their relationship. This can include topics such as negotiation, building trust, conflict resolution and understanding each other's needs.
In couples therapy, both partners can learn how to express themselves without feeling judged or exposed. The counselor can help couples manage their emotions and reduce the level of negativity in their relationship. This can create an environment of understanding and compassion, and help couples work together to create common goals and solutions that are mutually agreed upon.
Relationship or marriage counseling can help partners develop greater empathy for one another and better communication skills. This can lead to a stronger relationship in the present and for the future. Ultimately, it can help the relationship move from a place of resentment and destructive behavior to understanding and resolution. For those dealing with troubled relationships, it is important to seek the advice and help of a qualified counselor who can help them find healing and fulfillment.
Communication Tips for Couples
1. Listen actively: When your partner is speaking, give them your full attention. Ask questions and repeat back what you've heard to show that you understand.
2. Avoid blaming: Rather than attacking your partner or assigning blame, focus on your own feelings and needs while remaining honest and respectful.
3. Be clear and specific: Avoid vague statements when expressing your feelings or needs. Outline what action(s) or behavior(s) would help you feel supported or heard.
4. Use "I" statements: Instead of "you" statements, try framing your thoughts or feelings with "I" statements. For example, "I feel hurt by what you said" rather than "You hurt my feelings."
5. Take turns talking: Allow each other time to express, without interruptions, what they are feeling or thinking.
6. Avoid distractions: When having important conversations, avoid distractions like technology and focus solely on each other.
7. Seek help: If communication issues persist or become more challenging, seek help from a relationship counselor or therapist.
Remember that improving communication in a relationship takes effort from both partners but it is always worth it for a healthier and stronger relationship.