The ones we love the most are usually the people with the power to hurt us the most and make us the angriest. Couples usually enter psychotherapy together when they are in a crisis. The initial goal of couples therapy is to provide a safe place where both people can describe life "from their movie." Their versions of what is going on are usually very different.
Communication and Conflict Resolution:
Therapy is directed at teaching communication and conflict resolution skills so that both individuals can get back on the same team instead of working in a hurtful way against each other. Therapy is directed at giving practical skills that can be used not just in the office, but that the couple can take home to deal with life's ongoing issues.
Therapy is directed at giving practical skills that can be used not just in the office, but that the couple can take home to deal with life's ongoing issues.
Over time, the couple develops awareness of how family of origin issues affect the current relationship. This can provide a roadmap for change. The resulting changes can help the couple experience a corrective emotional experience with the power to heal both of them. Increased emotional connection and intimacy are often the payoff. This IMAGO relationship therapy is based on the work of Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. who wrote the book, Getting the Love You Want.