Couples come to therapy for many reasons:
communication challenges, learning how to manage conflict, intimacy challenges, parenting challenges, grief and loss, infidelity or perhaps even uncoupling.
One of the couple approaches our therapists use is the Gottman Method. Couples who enter into the Gottman Method begin with an assessment process which then informs the therapeutic framework and intervention.
A conjoint session, followed by individual interviews with each partner are conducted. Couples complete questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback on their relationship.
The couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of the sessions.
Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Interventions designed to increase closeness and intimacy are used to improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhances the couples shared goals.