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Assessing Everyone’s Needs

Emily C. Klear, LMFT
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Tamara Faulkner, LCSW, CADC
• May 27, 2021

Whether or not your relationship has been struggling or thriving, there’s little doubt that many of us have learned more about ourselves and about our partners during a time where privacy and solitude, social outings, work/life balance and stability were upended by a global pandemic. In addition, there has been a dramatic rise of substance use over the past year, with nearly 1 in 4 adults reporting that their alcohol consumption has increased.

The culmination of internal and external stressors has left many couples in a quandary of how to best help themselves and their relationship during challenging times. Emily C. Klear, LMFT, Director of Couple Services, and Tamara Faulkner, LCSW, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, participated in a conversation focused on coping and substance use in the context of intimate partnerships. The webinar culminated in a moderated Q&A.

Emily C. Klear, LMFT

Director of Couple Services

Emily Klear, M.S., LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director, Couple Services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Ms. Klear takes an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy. Ms. Klear works couples and adult individuals, specializing in difficult transitions to parenthood, dual-income couples and work-related issues.

Tamara Faulkner, LCSW, CADC

Therapist
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

As a dual-careerist, Ms. Faulkner comes to therapy with an appreciation for the benefits and consequences of life as we live it. She works collaboratively with clients to identify strengths and goals using behavioral, cognitive, emotional and spiritual modalities.