Couples therapy helps couples (any two people in an emotional relationship) understand and resolve conflicts and relate to one another in healthier ways. After the initial consultation, you and your partner will be matched with a therapist suited to help reach your goals. Your therapist will then work work with you to improve areas including communication, intimacy, trust and empathy.
Couples treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) tend to make greater progress than with other treatments. We use an action oriented approach in which behaviors and thought processes are altered rather than just asking why things are the way they are. This may also include approaches that are both directive (in which the therapist gives the couple specific instructions in dealing with the problem) and non-directive (in which the couple takes the lead and initiates the content of the therapy) in nature.
Couples therapy consists of 45 minute sessions typically held on a weekly basis and can be very short term (only a few sessions before issues are resolved) or can take several months to a year depending on the nature and depth of the problem.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are relationship specialists who help people achieve more satisfying and productive relationships. LMFTs are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups who are having difficulties with interpersonal relationships and/or difficulties with mental and emotional disorders. They provide support and perspective as patients struggle with life’s challenges, as well as assist patients in exploring and solving problems.
Distress signals that indicate Marriage and Family Therapists can help:
- Emotional stress or anxiety
- Child behavior problems
- Feelings of loneliness, isolation
- Alcohol or drug use
- Family conflict or tension
- Divorce or separation
- Difficulty coping with changing lifestyles
- Fear, anger or guilt
- Grief or emotional pain
LMFTs practice early crisis intervention and focused psychotherapy to resolve problems and reduce symptoms in the shortest time possible. They also have the expertise and skills to work with patients requiring more intensive, long-term treatment to cure or relieve mental or emotional conditions.