Today there exists wonderful diversity among couple and family types. We welcome couples of all make-ups, orientations, and lovestyles. We honor this diversity by providing services that don’t require clients to spend their valuable session time justifying or educating therapists about their relationships types. We believe, and have seen, that relationship health is completely unrelated to one’s lovestyle, orientation, and/or family composition.
In couple’s therapy, we regard the relationship as our client – not one individual partner or the other. We avoid blame or shaming in our sessions. In order to create feelings of safety for both partners, as well as set the stage for potential change, couple’s therapy needs to encourage each person to look at how their own personal behaviors and assumptions might be feeding the problem. This is more challenging in the face of crises such as infidelity or addiction. In these cases, couples might feel that everything has abruptly changed for them. More often, though, couples experience a progressive (often unconscious and usually unintended) erosion of warm feelings and gestures.
Below is a list of some of the topics/challenges we’ve helped couples work through and/or change for the better:
- Communication and intimacy issues
- Division of household labor
- Co-parenting challenges
- Communication about sex
- Differences in parenting styles
- Divorcing with children