Therapy for Couples
My definition of a "couple" includes close friendships, family members, romantic partners, & married spouses. Issues can include: Loss of intimacy, breaches in trust, passive aggressive communication, excessive anger and volatility, parenting challenges, navigating polyamory, and negotiating a break-up.
The work of couple therapy is quite different than individual. It addresses the relationship structure that is responsible for enacting and repeating painful dynamics between two people. In this work, individual blame is off the table (that's what personal therapy is for!)
My training and experience in couples therapy is mostly based off the work of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy by Dr. Sue Johnson. Its methods aim to restore the emotional connection and safe bond in a relationship, empowering each partner to be present and attuned to one another's need for love.