Advantages of Couples Therapy
Couples in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, and indeed, all across North America face an increasing number of problems in their relationship.
It may concern sex, intimacy, communication issues, parenting, anger, alcohol or drug addictions, or infidelity. If you are willing to address these relationship problems, then you are ready for couples therapy. It is the therapist’s responsibility to set the environment for confidential dialogue, which in turn will enable the couple to hear each other out, and learn effective communication strategies. The exchange will also enable the individual to hear what they are ‘actually saying’. The counsellor can also act as a ‘professional mirror’ that shows the couple their problems and how these can be addressed.
Insight’s Approach to Couples Counselling
Therapy methods are based on several core principles. It is crucial that the couples acknowledge their respect for one another. Both partners also need to be able to show and feel empathy for one another, as well as tact and accountability.
Couples therapy is done through several methods, such as Gottman therapy, Schnarch based couples therapy, object relations couple therapy, behavioural marital therapy, integrative behavioural therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and systemic couples therapy.
Behavioural marital therapy focuses on creating more positive communication in the couple. Negative words, dialogue, and actions have lesser frequency. Integrative behavioural therapy is similar, but focuses more on fixing the communication and behaviour exchange between the pair. It also addresses the couples’ ability to solve problems. Emotionally focused therapy helps the couple communicate emotions of stress. This allows the pair to express what they would otherwise keep in, letting each member acknowledge unspoken emotional needs.
Systemic couples therapy focuses on observing the issues ‘between’ partners and helping each partner recognize their role in maintaining problematic interactional patterns in the relationship. It may also involve exploring patterns within their nuclear families and how those experiences may be influencing their behaviour in their marital relationship.
Insight is proud to offer a diverse range of Therapists that specialize in Couples Therapy for all of our Alberta and area Clients.