What does marriage mean to you?

For us, marriage is an expression of desire, intimacy, adoration and passion. A promise made. Pure pleasure.  Marriage is a commitment of belonging to another, knowing you're a priority to your partner.
Marriage can relieve stress and calm you at the same time.

A Personal Message

Teresa Lauer, LMHC
Online Coach, Trainer and Author

Your emotions matter! And nowhere is that more apparent than in our intimate, loving relationships. We want to become more connected, more secure in our marriage, but it's sometimes hard to leave the effects of past disappointments and hurts where they belong - in the past!

Recognizing our emotions, why we're having them, how they relate to our current feelings and behaviors and most of all, learning how to manage them so they don't "spill over" are the critical to becoming emotionally intelligent.

Once we recognize and learn to manage our emotions, we able to better move toward becoming more socially aware of how we "fit" as a couple and begin to examine, among other things:

What's it like to be married to me? How do I become a better part of this "couple" that I'm helping to create?  How do I learn to have more empathy for my partner's perspective and feelings? Can I develop the ability to determine what I'm feeling and why?

What's the link between my emotions and behavior? How do I recognize when I'm being passive-agressive and how can I more effectively manage it?

I help you navigate these questions and more in working with you and your partner in the areas of Emotional and Social Intelligence. If you find that your conflict centers around money, I also offer expertise in the area of Financial Intelligence.

The core of my work is in helping you define and reach your highest and best self, as it's here, I feel, that we form the foundation for our relationships with others. We all deserve a home filled with gentleness, love, acceptance and peace.

I'm a licensed therapist and coach in private practice with clients in the US, Canada and around the world. I offer you expertise gained over 16,000 client hours since graduating with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. 

A Personal Message

Sheila Kreifels, LMFT
Online and In-Person Marriage and Relationship Coaching, Author


Congratulations! You have taken your first courageous step towards positive change by being here. To help you to continue your personal and professional growth in your relationships, I can provide you with over two decades of experience and expertise as a relationship therapist, coach and wife. It has been my life’s work to study, practice, learn, write, and teach about love and relationships.

I find great joy in sharing my knowledge and providing hope and guidance for clients on their relationship journey. Whether you are repairing or enhancing a relationship or finding love, I have skills, tools and expertise to support you. You too can master the art of love!

After a 22 year practice as a couples therapist and an executive coach in San Jose, CA, the heart of Silicon Valley, I have relocated to Cary, NC and now have a coaching practice here. I also have clients from all over the world via phone and Skype. Whether you are traveling for business, sitting in traffic or relaxing at home, together, we can be improving your relationships. 

My background is conducive to helping people through all kinds of life transitions as I grew up in a military family and frequently relocated across the country. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from San Jose State University. I love an adventure, am a risk taker and enjoy meeting new people. Some areas of my expertise are: Life and love transitions, effective communication, sexuality, infidelity, conflict and collaboration, turning fights into intimate conversation and deeper connection, engaging in all 7 levels of intimacy, role satisfaction and all of the other “How To’s” within relationships.

Marriage Passion Project


Sheila Kreifels, LMFT


Teresa Lauer, LMHC