Why do men and women struggle with intimacy, love and companionship in their lives? Are your expectations of a high-quality relationship realistic, or are they influenced by preconceived notions of what love "should be"?
In couples therapy, our approach is to help couples evaluate their relationship as well as to help them bring out the rational side of each other. Couples learn the art of negotiation in order for both partners to better respect each other's different needs in the relationship. Unlike conventional couples therapy, we encourage couples to develop creative solutions to ongoing problems. We teach you new concepts that will help you learn the art of negotiation around conflicts, enriching, rather than eroding, your relationships. Learn how to balance the outcome of a negotiation so both parties are satisfied. As you develop a better self-concept, you will be able to recognize your strengths, helping you to influence your relationships in more positive and effective ways.
People are not always aware of how they may be hurting someone or fighting because there are various ways to fight. Passive-aggressive behavior, sarcasm and the"cold shoulder" are only a few examples of indirect fighting. Learn how to identify a low-level fighting process in its earliest stages and how to avoid escalating a fight so it does not get out of hand. Learn also that fighting typically is not about the content of discussion, but rather about how both parties are treating each other.
Learn how to improve the quality of your current relationships as well as prepare for marriage by developing tools, including negotiating around conflicts, learning to de-escalate a fight in its earliest stages, and other collaborative processes.