Couples therapy differs from individual therapy in that the primary therapeutic focus involves improving the relationship rather than helping someone with his/her individual issues. I work closely with couples to identify the areas of difficulty in their relationship and assist them in deciding what changes are needed in the relationship. During couples therapy sessions, couples develop and practice more productive problem-solving and communication skills. The goals are to assist partners in safely exploring their difficulties together, building on the relationship’s strengths and work through areas of anger and resentment, in order to form a healthier, happier relationship.
Specific goals of couples therapy can be as varied as the couples themselves. However, a few examples of common couples therapy treatment goals include:
- Improving communication skills
- Building empathy and respect
- Learning effective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
- Strengthening connections, including intimacy
- Renewing a commitment to the relationship