COUPLES COUNSELING - APPROACHES
In addition to the counseling approaches I use, I often employ various couples counseling approaches, such as the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Imago Therapy, and Discernment Counseling.
The Gottman Method uses research-based tools to help couples strengthen their relationship, better manage conflict, and create a strong mutual support system for each other. As a therapist who has had Gottman training, I often help couples learn these tools to help improve and enrich their relationship.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) draws on attachment theory, which asserts that humans are hardwired for strong emotional bonds with others. I often use EFT with couples who are experiencing emotional disconnection and are entangled in negative cycles of criticism and anger. This approach helps couples overcome these negative cycles, re-establish their connection, and strengthen their emotional bond.
Imago Therapy helps couples understand the unconscious forces that attract people to one another. These unconscious pulls can lead to hurt, conflict, and power struggles in relationships but also contain the seeds for healing. I often use Imago therapy to help couples understand and work with the healing and growth that is imbedded in a couple's frustrations -- for their relationship as well as their childhood concerns.
Discernment counseling helps couples explore their options before making a final decision about divorce. The goal is not to solve problems in the relationship, but to figure out whether the problems can be solved. I often use discernment counseling for couples where one partner wants to preserve and repair the relationship and the other is leaning towards ending it.
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