Why Pursue Couples Therapy?
A healthy relationship, in which each partner feels loved, understood and supported, is intimately tied to one’s overall life satisfaction. The converse is true as well: an unhappy relationship can impact all areas of one’s life. It adds stress, anger, sadness and distractions. Deciding to see a couples therapist is a step towards improving your relationship and your life.
Some of the reasons couples seek treatment with me include:
- loss of intimacy (sexual and emotional)
- communication problems
- financial disagreements
- decision making styles
- parenting approaches
- traumatic betrayals
- relationship strains due to infertility or family building
My work with couples focuses on helping to bring about reconnection and healing from relationship injuries. This process leads to increased insight into relationship problems enabling the couple to alter patterns and regain closeness.
Couples therapy incorporates an intimate look at the dynamics both in the relationship, with others in the couple’s life and within each partner. Most couples can recall a much happier time and are sometimes confused as to how they have landed in anger, sadness and disconnection.
I utilize an approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples. EFT is a powerful, empirically-supported modality which considers the impact of one’s family of origin in the unfolding of relationship difficulties. New self-awareness and empathy for one’s partner is leveraged to shift out of unhealthy patterns and recreate new, healthy interaction cycles.