Did you know that a lack of adequate repair following an argument is the biggest contributor to marital unhappiness and divorce? People in relationships seek marital therapy for numerous reasons including communication problems, constant fighting, conflict avoidance, sexual dissatisfaction and infidelity. A relationship goes through numerous phases during its life cycle, and each phase is unique to the couple, and is filled with both positive and negative components.
The strength of a relationship is based on many factors including how the couple deals with their rough patches, the degree of resentment, the strength of communication, the ability to acknowledge and validate the other partner, and to move forward. The first steps of couple’s therapy will involve improving the overall relationship by teaching the couple how to regulate their emotions, stay calm in high emotion situations and triggers, and help the couple develop and utilize healthy coping strategies to resolve old and new problems.
In order to develop an individualized treatment plan for the couple and to meet each partner at the stage that they are at within their relationship, our approach towards couple’s therapy integrates various theories that allow the therapeutic process to stay fluid, flexible and progressive. More specifically, our main therapeutic approach is grounded in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C) originally developed by Dr. Leslie Greenberg and Dr. Susan Johnson. EFT-C is recognized today as one of the leading approaches in working with couples in therapy. It is considered to be a treatment that is concentrated on the here-and-now emotional responses of both partners, helping them understand how the other partner constructs his or her inner experience.
Our goal is to help couples create a more secure attachment in their relationship through emphasis on feelings and expression of needs.