What is Couples Therapy?
It’s no secret that intimate relationships and marriage are hard work. Even in the best partnerships, couples have arguments and disagreements and do not always see eye to eye. Relationships change and unexpected events can occur. There is no perfect relationship and there is no perfect partner. Frequent disagreements can lead to a breakdown in connection and communication. However, such breakdowns don’t have to mean the end of the relationship. Believe it or not, disagreeing and arguing can actually promote healthy discussion and, when couples listen to one another a marriage can grow stronger. Yet, there are times when an argument, disagreement, or breach of trust has become so strong that the help of an outside perspective is needed to reopen the lines of communication, and promote positive discussion.
Couples Therapy/Marriage Counseling
Couples therapy or marriage counseling, deals with re-opening and strengthening the lines of communication between partners. While receiving counseling, couples work together to address disagreements such as, infidelity, substance abuse, or any variety of past occurrences that may be leading to current marital distress. The goal of couples therapy or marriage counseling is to develop healthy communication styles between the partners and build positive interactions while exploring the origin of past unhelpful behaviors. Couples therapy or marriage counselling works to decipher if there are patterns to the behaviors and, if so, what caused the patterns to form? In couples therapy, a psychologist will work with partners together as well as independently, but there are no secrets. Whatever is told to the therapist will be discussed with all parties involved.
There are two main couples therapies as well as two individual therapeutic methods that will help with relationship building and maintenance used by Pine Health Edmonton in couples therapy or marriage counseling.
Gottman Couples Approach
In this approach, couples will go through a thorough assessment for the therapist to gain a true understanding of issues within the relationship. The couple and therapist will then decide the frequency of needed visits. Last, they will discuss interventions that can be used to begin the process of opening lines of communication in a positive way and re-build friendships and intimacy within the relationship.
Pragmatic/Experiential Method for Improving Relationships (PET-C)
In this type of relationship therapy, building communication is the prime focus. The difference is that PET-C focuses on developing emotional intelligence and improving reactions to conflict.
Individual Therapies that will affect relationships:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
This therapy focuses more on the individuals within a relationship. In this type of therapy, the focus is on how to change thinking patterns that may be negative and focus on positive behavioral patterns. This helps open communication between partners and builds a more positive, healthy relationship for all involved.
In this type of therapy, clients are asked to focus on goal setting and improving emotional regulation skills. This can translate directly to relationship building and goal setting.
Some things we help Couples work through:
Relationship Dynamic Changes
Non Traditional Relationships
Empty Nest Struggles
Preparing for Parenthood
Preparing for Marriage
We would love to help you find a Couples Counsellor in Edmonton that is the best fit for you.
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