Business Partner Relationship Counseling

As a psychotherapist for over twenty-five years, my expertise allows me to quickly hone is on the root issues of your challenges and conflicts, which allows for implementation of solutions and quick transformation.

The reality is you spend more time awake and engaged with your business partner than you do with your partner or spouse. The constancy and intensity of that relationship can present issues, conflicts and obstacles every bit as complicated as those found in a romantic relationship. It might seem unorthodox at first, but ‘couples counseling’ for business partners and founders is exactly what you and your partner need to bring your business to the next level.

Communication and communication style are points you need to consider. Learning to develop a more consistent and harmonious system of information sharing can support you in furthering the success of your business.

Overall personality and character can also be a source of friction. If one of you is a strong manager, with a directive organizational style, while the other is bit more laid back and sometimes waits for direction, rather than taking the initiative, resentments are likely to build. Over time, those resentments can erode the foundation of your relationship and create a divide that you need help with to heal.

Something else to consider is that the way you and your business partner interact creates the culture of the business. Your struggles, conflicts, cooperation and compromises don’t just affect the two of you, but also affect your staff—from your admin to your sales force—as well as your relationships with clients. Tension at ‘home’ means tension in the field, and that can impact your bottom line.

If you need help managing and negotiating difficult conversations, communicating as an effective leader or managing and leading your team, I can help you. With me personal and professional experience as a business owner and Relationship Expert for over twenty five years, I understand the challenges and complications of business leadership.

If you or your business partner(s) feel you might benefit from business relationship coaching in your efforts to improve your relationship and grow your business, please reach out to me at 860-258-4113 or contact me through the website.


Dori worked with me and my business partner of 31 years to help us sort out dissolving the business, who was also a friend of 39 years. My partner wanted to leave the business, and we were fighting about how to split, while still maintaining our friendship. By the time we met with Dori, we were on the verge of hiring attorneys to negotiate terms, our business was in danger of self-destructing because morale was so low, and our friendship was in jeopardy.

After two months of working with Dori, we didn’t need to go through litigation, and saved ourselves about $50,000. Dori helped us work out a way to break up the business partnership that worked for everyone. Morale increased, sales went back up and our friendship was in great shape! Incredibly, Dori helped save us $300,000 in sales and attorney’s fees and saved a 39-year friendship.

Dr. David Hovey, PsyD, LPC
Greater Hartford Counseling Center
West Hartford CT

“I had one major block for, well, most of my adult life. Dori helped me explore and address it. She identified and explained it to me in a way no one else ever has. The simple exercise she guided me through helped me finally overcome something that literally has consumed my thoughts and actions in negative ways for as long as I can remember. Now my business and life have taken off in new, exciting ways I couldn’t have imagined. She knows her stuff, and she knows how to apply it to the real-world situations that hold business executives like me back.”

Bob Graham, CEO
Serious Soft Skills LLC
Baltimore, MD

“Dr. Dori Gatter is wonderful! She helped me and my co-founder figure out the vast majority of root issues we’ve had. We started out in a rough patch, and now we have a functional relationship again.  She has been the catalyst for generating not just a lot of financial value to us, but also personal and emotional value.  I would strongly recommend her to any co-founders or couples that need to understand each other more.”

J. Chang, Co-Founder