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Jealousy, insecurity and envy aren’t problems in relationships all on their own. The feelings themselves are powerful information sources we can learn from. They can help us deepen relationships with the people we love when used wisely.

The damaging part of jealous emotions stem from the reactive behaviors we employ when insecurity sets in. Here are a few behaviors to look out for:

  • Being isolated from friendships due to a partner’s insecurity

  • Assuming or suspecting the worst in situations with other people

  • Cutting you off from life-giving activities, hobbies, or interests

  • Checking each other’s phones, social media, email, or locations instead of trusting

  • Making controlling demands on your behavior

  • Constant comparison and judgment of other people or seeing them as threats

  • Not getting enough alone time- always having to be with each other or in touch

Lots of us (myself included) get stuck in jealous thoughts from time to time- but you’re not doomed to continue them forever. Let me help you break the cycle. 



In addition to my coaching work I offer three online courses related to jealousy you might find interesting. Click the images below to learn more:

“I can’t believe I made it into my forties without knowing this stuff!
Gina is a great teacher about all the things you never knew you need to know about relationships.”
— Holly & William, Portland, Oregon
jealousy definition | madison therapist | madison couples counseling | jealousy vs envy | how to deal with jealousy | signs of jealousy

It can feel impossible to overcome jealousy, but with help it is possible. Here are the things we work on most to help you feel in control (instead of letting jealousy control you) :

  • Take ownership of jealousy and your behaviors your own

  • Clarify the support and boundaries you need - and learn to ask for them

  • Are in touch with and in control of your body’s reactions to jealousy

  • Have proactive supports in place to help you mitigate and minimize jealousy

  • Allow jealousy to flow through you without harming yourself, overwhelming you , or damaging your relationship

If these cound far-fetched with you don’t worry- there are plenty of ways to change the way you respond to jealousy. I can help you. Just call me!

“I’m really not a big therapy person, but Gina made it easy to talk to her without judging us and her help really got us thinking bigger about what we need in life and from each other.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m glad we went through it.”
— Adam & Cassandra, Beaverton, OR
jealousy definition | madison therapist | madison couples counseling | jealousy vs envy | how to deal with jealousy | signs of jealousy



  • Use a strengths-based approach to help you grow

  • Bring a decade of experience helping hundreds of incredible people deeply connect to themselves and the people they love

  • Help you listen and communicate effectively, end repetitive argument cycles, and let go of baggage

  • Use a sex-positive framework and vast sexuality knowledge to fan flames of passion between you

  • Identify ways to manage intense emotions

  • Rebuild trust and renew intimacy

  • Keep momentum and hope alive - even if it's hard for you to feel hopeful

  • Deeply care about your personal growth and well-being and at the same time hold you accountable to the goals you set for yourself


  • Sit and nod - instead, we'll take action. Be forewarned: I've been described as "direct and not-coddling."

  • Add shame or judgment to your experience (there's already WAY too much of that in the world)

  • Get stagnant. I will check in to see if this is working- focusing and refocusing on action and change in your life

  • Collude with your inner critics to let you stay small

  • Treat you like you're broken (because you're not)

  • Assume your experience is the same as mine or anyone else's

  • Pathologize you (I don't treat mental illness, so you won't receive a diagnosis, assessment or treatment for mental health conditions or substance use)

jealousy definition | madison therapist | madison couples counseling | jealousy vs envy | how to deal with jealousy | signs of jealousy


jealousy definition | madison therapist | madison couples counseling | jealousy vs envy | how to deal with jealousy | signs of jealousy
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Dr. Gina Senarighi, PhD, CPC is a certified relationship coach, retreat leader, speaker, and author specializing in human connection, intimacy, authenticity, shame-resilience, and alternative relationships. For over twelve years she has supported hundreds of clients creating fulfilling integrity-based relationships according to their own rules.

She earned her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010 from Saybrook University. She received her Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Education with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University in 2004. In 2019 she completed her PhD in Spiritual Studies and Pastoral Counseling.

Gina was named Portland’s Best Life Coach in 2019 by Portland Business Recognition and has taught psychology courses, communication workshops, couples intimacy retreats, and guest lectured on alternative relationships and sex-positive therapy at universities across the US. Students love her no nonsense “real talk” presentation style.

Gina knows with better relationship and sex education we’d build a more compassionate, creative, confident, and fulfilled society.  She believes we are entitled to desire and we all need meaningfully connected relationships to thrive. She knows all relationships need a tune-up from time to time and has been praised by clients for her friendly non-judgmental approach to couples work. 

She understands first-hand the struggles non-traditional couples and “alternative relationships” face as they navigate the abundant joys and challenges that come with a less traveled path. Her clients span the globe and a full spectrum of relationship possibilities.

When she’s not teaching, coaching or consulting you can find her in her gorgeous urban garden, hiking Door County with her tiny dog, cooking lavish dinners, playing with her two sweet kids, or traveling the world with her partner, Rae.


Whether you’re facing communication issues, starting a project together, rethinking your future, or struggling with intimacy, I’m here to help you gain the tools you need to move forward with confidence.

I love love in all it's forms.  Non-traditional relationships have been my specialty for over a decade. There’s no judgment here.

I've been coaching couples all over the world leading retreats and guiding clients to deeper, more authentic connection with themselves and each other.  Most recently I’ve been supporting couples who are co-founders, creatives, and entrepreneurs with world-changing dreams create life balance and maintain connection amid busy lives.

I'm happy to help you love with intention.  Join my free monthly relationship masterclass, connect with me on social media or schedule a free consultation to learn more.