Every couple goes through rough patches, but not every couple makes it through to the other side. Therapy isn’t a guarantee, but it’s a step towards building a better understanding of yourself and the dynamic of your relationship. A therapist can help both individuals to identify their emotional needs and work on identifying and developing the skills they need to meet their partner’s emotional needs. The process kicks off with a 400+ questionnaire to gauge different aspects of the relationship. The therapist may assign the couple “homework” tailored to help move the couple towards the goals they outline with the therapist in the beginning of their session. These interactive assignments require both parties to be present and engaged and therapeutic success is directly related to the amount of time both people are willing to invest in the process.
Unique to couples: Upon scheduling your initial appointment, you will be instructed to contact our admin staffer to pay for the assessment ($29.00). Afterwards, each party will receive a link to the 400+ questionnaire via their unique email addresses. The questionnaire must be completed no later than 48 hours before your first session so the results will be available by intake. Therefore, it is extremely important to schedule your first intake with your and your partner's daily schedule in mind to avoid a rush to completion.
During intake each person will be asked to enter the office independently to state their individual interpretation of the unit's concerns, along with their overall therapeutic goal.
Lastly, the couple will spend the rest of intake together with the therapist developing the goals for the couples therapy.
Often we know when something is broken and sometimes we even know why because of an identifiable event – a move, a medical diagnosis or death, a divorce or a new marriage blending families together – but sometimes it’s harder to understand when families fall out of sync. In a therapist’s office – neutral territory – the family can objectively look at their unique group dynamic and set a goal for their ideal harmonious household. The therapist can help them to develop the communication skills they need to effectively interact as a unit and achieve the relationship goals they set. In this type of therapy outcomes are directly related to the level of commitment each member brings to the process as each participant is required to engage regularly – whether through homework assignments, attendance of independent support groups or other specialized treatment plans depending on each unique situation. In many cases each individual will participate in several solo sessions concurrently, to identify and develop skills essential to creating a cohesive family unit and fulfilling the goals the family set at the beginning of their therapeutic journey.