Couple and family therapy
Couple therapy, also called marital therapy, is a psychotherapeutic work on the relationship between two persons: problem solving, settling conflicts and crises, lowering tension and reducing intensity of emotions difficult for both partners, enhancing communication, supporting the partners in understanding each other, listening to each other and fulfilling needs, and managing painful experiences (eg. betrayal or death in a family). A psychotherapist working with the couple is not an ally to any of the partners, but works for the benefit of their relationship, to make it healthy and long lasting. The therapist aims for ensuring that each partner had time and space during the session, could speak and was listened to, so that he or she felt important, seen and appreciated. An important task of the therapist is ensuring safety of what is happening during the sessions: setting the rules, setting the boundaries, stopping a partner speaking if necessary, active preventing conflicts and emotional fights when they arise. As a result of gradually growing sense of safety, the partners may open emotionally, discuss their problems and difficulties more calmly, seek new solutions rather than keep criticising each other. They learn to talk and listen to each other, to better manage intensive emotions, express and fulfil their needs without hurting or being hurt.
Couple therapy sessions may be held once a week (50 minutes) or once in two weeks (90 minutes), depending on the needs and capabilities of the clients. It usually consists of 10 to 20 sessions.
If you feel that you and your partner need this type of work with a psychologist experienced in working with couples, contact us.
Family therapy is a psychological work covering all family. A psychotherapist plays a role of a “healer” of the system, his or her task is to help family members to better manage natural development challenges that they face as well as traumatic events that might affect the entire family or its members.
At our centre couples therapy is provided by: