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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Problems tend to form through miscommunication. The collaborative approach helps everyone feel heard and understood. As a result, communication begins to improve, and problems start to dissolve.

— Katherine Traxler-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

A large majority of my client base is couples. I am currently working as a marriage therapist at The Relationship Institute in Royal Oak, Michigan.

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI

I love working with couples to support them in finding their path and helping them to learn each other's languages of communication. We all come from drastically differing experiences as human beings, and the work of bringing two worlds together can be incredibly difficult and frustrating, and it can also be full of joy and excitement. I am here to guide you through it all. I am a sex positive, LGBTQIA+ welcoming therapist who orients towards liberation psychology and theories of attachment.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

We will work together to improve communication skills and to shift your relationship into the relationship that you want to live and enjoy.

— Monica New, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Playa Del Rey, CA

We as individuals form our unique worldviews by the attachment styles we develop with our parents and by the dynamics of our family relationships, friendships, and romantic partnerships throughout our lives. I work collaboratively in partnership with you, honoring your worldview, to recognize what’s going well in your couple or family dynamic, explore where and how you and your relationships can grow, and assisting you increase connection with your loved ones.

— Shelly Hogan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

In my training, we focused specifically on Collaborative Therapy. We must be mindful that therapy is just a conversation - sometimes, it can feel scary, but we are simply humans communicating.

— Veronica Llanos-Davis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

The mental approach and social values,norms,customs and traditions mainly trigger a dispute which needs to be understood by both partners. I have the ability to point out such issues in a relationship.

— Sufyan Ali, Clinical Psychologist in Sialkot, KS

With my client couples, I have used collaboration, meaning speaking with each client to discuss his or her needs and frustrations within the relationship. I believe collaborative therapy is key to establishing couple goals to benefit everyone. In my sessions, couples do not talk over each other, as communication is important in understanding what has or has not happened in the relationship.

— Deborah Vara, Counselor in Warrenton, VA

I assist couples to express their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to each other in a healthy way. I assist couples in learning healthier communication styles and healthier behaviors for themselves and towards each other. I help them identify negative patterns and the root of them so they can be replaced with healthier patterns. I teach couples how to deal with their own thoughts and feelings so they are not taking them out of their partner. We focus on positives of partner and relationship.

— Michelle Brody, Counselor in Windermere, FL

Collaborative couples therapy is a way for the couple and therapist to work together to resolve issues. It takes the arguments that are occurring between couples into conversations and problems into opportunities to learn and grow together as a couple.

— Amanda Samuels, Counselor in Webster Groves, MO

Part of a collaborative approach is to provide my couples with the opportunity to gain tools and skill sets towards becoming more intentional problem solvers. An integral aspect is seeing the relationship as a team effort more so than an individualistic opportunity. I focus on helping my couple develop and nurture a language built on safe spaces, rules of engagement and personal accountability.

— Karen Plascencia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

CCT is designed for couples who may be struggling with patterns of conflict in their relationship. The focus of CCT is helping partners work together in a collaborative way to solve problems and improve their relationship in the process. CCT therapists see a fight between partners as an opportunity for a conversation.

— Amy Studer, Licensed Professional Counselor

CCT helps couples to identify withdrawn/adversarial thoughts/behaviors and redeveloping them into a collaborative, team-based functioning within the relationship.

— Megan Foreman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Worth, TX

This is important when looking at those who we move most often thru life with. This can be your life partner or partners. This can also be someone you are separating with but by some connection such as children, you still must maintain a relationship. Im here to support the couples process at whatever stage.

— Rami Vissell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA