It takes time to grow and sustain a strong relationship with your partner. If you and your partner are facing challenges in your relationship then couple therapy may be helpful. Insecurities and unresolved disagreements if ignored can cause conflict, which may cause the relationship to distance. It is more commonly known that couples therapy is to help people stay together, however that is not the only purpose of couples therapy. Couples therapy can also help you “consciously uncouple” in the least distressing way.
Gottman Therapy is an evidence-based, goal-oriented, research-based therapy. Through this therapy method, the clinician works together with you and your spouse to identify and increase your awareness of ongoing unresolved issues and problem areas. After which, they will introduce skills that can help build affection, intimacy, and respect, explore barriers to trust and commitment, and reduce conflicts in the relationship. You will also be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire and have the opportunity for individual therapy sessions. As allies of the LGBTQ+ community, we see same-sex couples and heterosexual couples.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) focuses on relationships and attachment – we are all hardwired to seek connection. This approach considers how we express our needs in seeking comfort and support, as well as responding to others who seek our comfort and support. EFT explores cycles of interaction in couple relationships. At times, couples find themselves repeating negative cycles of interaction and EFT can help identify triggers and what contributes to partners feeling distressed or misunderstood and provide support in co-creating more helpful or positive cycles of interaction.