The therapist starts by getting to know the couple, their history, and the specific issues they're facing. This might involve individual sessions with each partner as well as joint sessions.
A safe and respectful environment is crucial for productive therapy sessions. The therapist ensures that both partners feel heard and validated, and establishes ground rules for communication that prevent blaming.
Effective communication is a cornerstone of a healthy relationship. The therapist helps the couple learn active listening skills, effective expression of feelings, and techniques to communicate their needs.
They discuss concerns without resorting to criticism or defensiveness. This step often involves role-playing and practical exercises.
The therapist helps the couple recognize these patterns and understand how they contribute to the relationship issues. By becoming aware of these dynamics, the couple can work on breaking those patterns.
They guide the couple in finding mutually agreeable solutions to their disagreements, allowing both partners to feel heard and understood.
Strengthening emotional and physical intimacy is a vital aspect of couple therapy. The therapist helps the couple rediscover their emotional connection, foster a deeper understanding of each other's needs.
They explore ways to rekindle their bond. This might involve activities that promote shared experiences and positive interactions.