Couples Therapy

Do you need couples therapy or marriage counseling?

  • Do you seem to have the same arguments or problems over and over again?
  • Do you feel lonely, mistreated, misunderstood in your current relationship?
  • Do you wish you were closer to your spouse/boyfriend?
  • Have you contemplated divorce, separation, “walking away” from it all?
  • Have you had disruptions of your trust because of past relationships, internet flirting, infidelity, substance abuse, over-working, etc.?
  • Does it seem that you have fallen out of love?
  • Do fights get carried away? Do little problems get blown up?
  • Do your fight about parenting, finances, sex life, in-laws leave you feeling awful?

Many couples find that therapy is helpful when any one of these issues are present.  Research shows that many couples wait 6 years before entering couples therapy or marriage counseling. Within that timeline, the negative patterns can become even more distressing.

Email us at info@familyguidanceandtherapy.com if you would like to create a closer relationship with your spouse or significant other.


 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Each of us desperately wants to know that our partner is there for us. EFT bonds partners together creating healthy love and repairing past hurts. With a secure emotional connection, partners more easily communicate and solve problems.

Does it work?

Lots of research shows that EFT does work. In fact, couples EFT has been shown to create LASTING CHANGE. Where other therapy gains dwindle after termination, research shows that couples that have used EFT continue to improve even outside of therapy.

More specifically, EFT has worked with many different types of couples: depression, anxiety, infidelity, medical illness, forgiveness dilemmas, parents raising children with autism and other illness, same sex couples, and varied cultural groups.

How does it work?

EFT uses a systematic road-map to guide each couple towards emotional connectivity. There are 9 steps divided into 3 stages.

How long does it take?

EFT is considered a short term therapy. A full progression of all nine steps typically takes between 12-24 sessions.

What are the nine steps of EFT?

Phase 1 is called the “Assess and Deescalate Phase” and is composed of four steps:

  • Step 1: Identify the conflict.
  • Step 2: Identify the cycle where conflict is expressed.
  • Step 3: Access unacknowledged emotions.
  • Step 4: Reframe — Victims of the cycle and now allies against it.

Phase 2 is called the “Change Events Phase” and is composed of three steps: Phase 2 involves creating corrective emotional experiences.

  • Step 5: Promote identification of disowned needs.
  • Step 6: Promote partner acceptance.
  • Step 7: Facilitate expression of needs and wants.

Phase 3 is called the “Consolidation of Change Phase” and is composed of 2 steps: Phase 3 involves resolving old problems, which should be easier and more naturally solved since the emotional attachment conflicts have been resolved.

  • Step 8: New solutions.
  • Step 9: Consolidation

Special Services

Healing from the Affair

Dive in Deep: 3 hour sessions to get out of distress as fast as possible

One Roof Treatment: Individual Therapy for each and couples to that you can be assured that your treatment team is working for your relationships

Keeping couples strong while dealing with ASD

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