WHAT IS COUPLES THERAPY?
Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a licensed therapist with clinical experience working with couples you and your partner gain insight into your relationship, resolve conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FIRST SESSION
Don’t know what to expect in each couples therapy session? Typically, the first couples therapy session begins with some standard interview questions regarding the history of the relationship as well as a deep dive into each partner’s history.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT
During treatment, the therapist will help the couple gain insight into the relational dynamics creating the problem and guide both partners to understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. This greater insight on relationship issues and distress will help them change the way they perceive the relationship and each other.
Although gaining insight is important, another crucial aspect of couples therapy involves actually changing behaviors. Couples therapists will often assign partners homework to apply the skills they have learned in therapy to their day-to-day interactions.
Most couples come away from therapy with greater knowledge of their relational patterns and with the necessary skills to effectively communicate and problem-solve with their partners.