Collaborative Couple Therapy

Collaborative couple therapy is a therapeutic technique that helps couples understand how they communicate when struggling with an issue or argument. The focus of collaborative couple therapy is teaching partners how to turn those fights into intimate conversations, and in turn, strengthen the relationship. In collaborative couple therapy, the therapist will sit in between the couple and speak as if they were one of the partners talking to the other. If one of the partners is 'fighting' by using stinging words, the therapist will attempt to translate those comments into confiding thoughts. If a partner is ‘withdrawing,’ the therapist will guess at what the individual is feeling, and ask if the guesses are correct. A successful outcome of collaborative couple therapy is experiencing intimacy in times of struggle, rather than fighting or withdrawing. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s collaborative couple therapy experts today. 

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Coach couples online I work with both straight, unmarried and LGBT couples

— Michael Keane, Counselor in Jamaica Plain, MA
 

I have studied Tatkin, Gotman, and Real extensively and can teach you their wisdom about how couples can best learn to work together to ensure the health and sustainability of the union. This applies at any stage of a relationship, from brand new to many years. I also help couples who are ending their relationship do so in a collaborative way with minimal impact on their children.

— Dr. Judi Bloom, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA