There’s no denying it, intimate partner relationships are rewarding, they are also hard work. Like cars, they require regular maintenance to keep them running well. If there is a problem, it’s best to have it repaired right away to avoid further complications down the road. We can do most of the basic maintenance and repairs ourselves. However, there are times taking the car into the shop is required and relying on support from a professional might be most beneficial.
Some issues that bring couples to therapy are:
- Addiction/Partner Addiction Support
- Balance (Work/Life/Family)
- Mental Illness
Couples therapy can be helpful in gaining insight into the relationship, resolving conflict and improving relationship satisfaction.
Generally, in couples therapy we focus on…
- The specific problem
- Clearly established and agreed upon treatment objectives
- The relationship itself rather than the individuals
- Solution-focused, change-oriented interventions
I work from an attachment style approach; helping partners understand their own attachment style, each others attachment style and how these might be showing up in the relational dynamics. We work towards understanding the maintenance of the problem, each partner’s role in the interactions and their own perceptions of the relationship and each other.
Most couples come away from therapy with increased insight and awareness about relational patterns, increased emotional expression and skills necessary to communicate and problem solve with their partners more effectively.