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The Short Version: Soon after opening her private practice, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Idit Sharoni found her calling in helping couples work through difficult relationship issues. Through her ongoing professional education, Idit has developed a structured process and acquired a toolbox of resources. She uses that expertise to guide couples through effective and meaningful sessions. Idit, whose practice is based in Miami, Florida, works with a limited number of couples per week but helps many more through her podcast, Facebook group, and couples course.
Some of the opening lines from online testimonials for Florida-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Idit Sharoni reveal the pain, struggles, and mindsets couples often deal with before they seek professional help.
“I was shattered after finding out about my spouse’s affair.”
“Our divorce papers were filled out and ready to sign, but we decided to give counseling a chance.”
“We needed therapy but put it off due to a lack of time.”
Those sentiments are why Idit decided to start her career as a therapist who focuses solely on couples. She wanted to help them overcome those problems and feelings of devastation to move forward in unison.
When she started out as a psychotherapist, she worked with a range of clients. During that time, Idit realized she had a better connection — and got better results — with couples. This led her to focus solely on couples therapy and seek additional education in that area.
She trained at institutes specializing in the issues couples face — such as communication breakdowns, infidelity, and intimacy concerns. As she evolved as a therapist, she also developed her own methods and whittled her practice down to focus only on couples.
“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships,” said Idit. She enjoys helping couples improve their lives by first strengthening their relationships.
“I come from a place of knowing what it’s like to be in a long-term relationship —- and being successful at it,” said Idit.
She has been with her husband for 28 years, and, over that time, she’s gained a wealth of experience from her own relationship and from helping her clients. She also draws from her extensive education to give clients the best methods and tools to improve their relationships.
“After the first session, I assign the couple with an assessment. In the weeks that follow, two more assessments are done so that we know how the couple is progressing and what still needs to happen.” — Idit Sharoni, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Idit has also developed a unique strategy for working with couples. Rather than the traditional model in which client sessions are open-ended, Idit offers her clients two packages: one with 10 hours and another with 15. Sessions are typically last 1 1/2 hours.
“After the first session, I assign the couple with an assessment,” Idit said. “In the weeks that follow, two more assessments are done so that we know how the couple is progressing and what still needs to happen.”
Idit describes her approach to helping couples as a combination of therapy and coaching. Her structured process helps couples understand that there is a definite end.
Once a couple completes the sessions, they can decide if they are satisfied with their progress and outcome — or if they would benefit from more sessions.
Idit only works with a limited amount of couples per week to ensure that she’s giving each couple her full attention. “This helps me be fully present with them, attentive to their needs, and remember their stories,” said Idit.
In addition to working with couples who come to her office, Idit offers online coaching to help those who aren’t able to meet in-person or prefer to work on their relationship from home. Idit uses a safe and secure online platform to meet with couples and give them the same quality of service as those who attend in-office sessions.
In her Relationships Uncomplicated podcast, Idit offers her expert relationship advice to listeners for free. Episodes with titles that include ‘Keeping your finances separate: Is it killing your marriage?’ and ‘Self-assess your relationship,’ provide something for everyone, no matter the health or length of their relationship.
Idit’s Facebook page is another place where people can connect with her for advice. There, visitors can also find links to relationship tools and articles. She also runs a support group page about healing after infidelity.
Her website is full of testimonials, including one from a couple who had divorce papers drawn up — they simply needed to sign them. But, before they did, they decided to give counseling a chance and signed up for a package with Idit. Within an hour and a half, they had made progress toward changes that would help them regain respect for each other. Now, the couple — and their family — is healthier and happier, and divorce is no longer mentioned.
Idit’s unique style and session packages are appealing to many couples, including busy professionals who appreciate knowing exactly how long they’ll be working with her. One such couple found it helpful to have a tried-and-true program rather than never-ending sessions which they had tried before. They appreciated the straightforward nature of each session and were happy to get their relationship on the right track within the anticipated time frame.
Although Idit’s therapy sessions are limited in number, she is putting the final touches on an online course to help couples dealing with infidelity. The lessons will allow couples — from around the world — to access Idit’s material and help them heal.
Many couples don’t even realize that specific stages of reaction often accompany infidelity and strategies can be used to deal with the healing process. Idit has designed the course, via video recordings, to accompany couples on every step of the journey. Each section focuses on a specific stage of healing.
The course is designed for couples who have decided to stay together but don’t know where to start.
“The aftermath of infidelity is harsh; couples can go through years of suffering,” said Idit. She said there aren’t a lot of available resources besides books, which can be one-sided. “People want something they can connect with; I can speak to them and help them through the phases of healing,” Idit said.
The course is scheduled to be released later in 2018. Until then, couples can continue learning from Idit on her podcast, Facebook group, or in therapy sessions.