Couples Counseling

Therapy for Couples

The primary aim of therapy is increasing your knowledge about yourself, your partner, and emotional and behavioral patterns. Therapy becomes effective as you work together to stop ineffective patterns and develop healthier ones.

When it comes to improving your relationship, your attitude and motivation are key. Learn how to identify what to do and what obstacles may be interfering. All workbooks and materials will be provided to the couple.

We will explore what you want in your relationship, including:

Emotion Regulation Skills Understand what your own emotions are revealing and what they communicating to each other.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
Build skills in your relationship with each other and with others in the world. Learn how to ask for what you want and communicate much more effectively. Learn the importance of communicating with kindness and respect.

Distress Tolerance Skills
What are you going to do when things are challenging in your relationship? What do you need to do to take care of yourself and each other? Learn skills to work with conflict and building positive experiences.

Core Mindfulness Skills:
When we are aware and accepting of both our emotions and our logical, analytical thoughts we are likely to act more effective, in intimate relationships, relationships with others in the world and intrapersonal relationship with ourselves. Operating from a more balanced place where logic and emotion are both present, we can think of this as a wise or balanced perspective.

Growth and Connectedness

Couples therapy is informed by DBT concepts and skill building.

Areas of focus:

  • The kind of life you want to build together.
  • The kind of partner you aspire to be in order to build the kind of life and relationship you want to create.
  • Fear of being vulnerable and trusting another.
  • The courage to learn new skills necessary to move forward as a couple.

"Working with Debra made me feel immediately safe and comfortable. Her warmth, clinical knowledge and incredible experience helped me to trust that I was not being judged, even as I was sharing things that I have never told anyone else before. My girlfriend and I benefited, as a matter of fact, my girlfriend is now my wife."

- Mark

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