No close relationship is perfect and healthy communication is a challenge at the best of times. When a relationship faces difficulties brought about by individual change or by an impactful, reshaping force like parenthood, communication can break down altogether. When change negotiation and communication starts to become too difficult to manage on your own, couples therapy with a trained and objective professional can offer the solution you need. Whether you are seeking to enhance your relationship, resolve specific issues, decrease conflict, improve trust and communication, or find an alternative to separation, our couples therapists can provide you and your partner with the safe and understanding space that you need to grow and improve as a couple.
Couples therapy differs from individual therapy in that the relationship, rather than the individual, is “the client”. Our psychologists work closely with couples to identify and improve problematic dynamics within the relationship and build on the strengths that brought the couple together in the first place. During couples therapy sessions, we utilize techniques drawn from respected couples therapy methods like the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy and EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) to help couples to de-escalate conflict and avoid key destructive forms of communication that can erode goodwill and cooperation. At all times, it is the key mission of our couples therapists to engage with neutrality, respect and fairness to both members of the couple with the explicit and mutual goal of increasing insight into maladaptive patterns of relating and bringing about positive change.
The goals of couples therapy can vary widely from couple to couple depending upon issues faced. However, a few examples of couples treatment goals include:
- Improving communication skills
- De-escalating conflict and learning effective problem-solving skills
- Restructuring and transforming hostile, unproductive communication patterns
- Strengthening connections, including intimacy
- Rebuilding trust within the relationship
- Developing respect and empathy
- Decision making around separation and divorce
- Pursuing alternative paths to parenthood including infertility treatment and adoption
Take the first step in improving your relationship. Contact us today for an initial consultation.