Couples therapy can be helpful for both well-established and recently formed relationships, regardless of marital status. Couples seek therapy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Reinforce or re-establish the underlying friendship that forms the basis of a happy relationship
  • Learn specific skills to better communicate needs and boundaries, so that all parties feel respected and cared for
  • Strengthen emotional and physical intimacy, to maintain a relationship that is engaging and fulfilling
  • Navigate more effectively specific challenges, including decisions to move in together, marry, start a family, or relocate
  • Improve ways of sharing responsibility around common stressors, which may include financial decisions, budgets, and other domestic and logistical challenges common to intimate relationships.

Using our knowledge about differing communication styles, personality types, and cross-cultural differences, we assist couples in developing skills to reduce emotional reactivity and avoidance, so that partners can learn to foster greater intimacy and mutual understanding.

The Gottman Relationship Checkup is a relationship assessment tool that was designed using current research on why relationships succeed or fail. At the beginning of couples therapy, we find it useful to quickly identify areas of strength, to assess for unhelpful communication patterns, and to aide in prioritizing the therapy work.

The questionnaire allows us to more thoroughly explore the quality of the friendship underlying the intimate relationship, as well as intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust. It also aids in our assessment of specific areas of concerns such as parenting, housework, finances, and more.

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