For couples who would like immediate help and intervention with regard to their marriage or relationship. This can be for a variety of reasons such as a breakdown in communication and collaboration, having reached a crisis make-or-break point, or triggered by such things as infidelity, abuse, anger, or distress resulting from feeling disrespected or under-valued. This course of sessions will include such elements as assessment, communication, dealing with conflict, intimacy, relationship planning, and problem solving.
10 Session Couples Therapy Course
For couples who want to assess, change, and recover their relationship. This course of sessions will include the contents of the 5 session course but will assess and explore issues related to personality styles and differences, family of origin influences in each partner, and developing specific homework tasks and skills.
The Couples Therapy Sessions have a number of AIMS, such as:
To name and give expression to the felt problems, the gravity of the problems, and the hopes.
To identify the kind of relationship that each of you want and long for.
To identify specifically what you need and want from your spouse/partner in order make that happen.
To give expression to longing, desire, hopes, fears, and all the emotions of love.
To identify emotions like anger, frustration, entitlement, that reject or diminish the other.
To learn how to communicate without fighting or arguing.
To assess and diagnose the specific problems and traits that have caused difficulty.
To assess and diagnose personality styles and how both love and control are expressed.
To make a commitment to change and to stick together.
To get and complete homework tasks.
The BENEFITS of the Couples Therapy sessions include:
You can take a bird’s eye view to assess things and make informed decisions.
You can become disentangled from the despair, anger and negative emotions.
You can have a calm and safe place to talk about difficult things.
You get immediate and constructive feedback from Dr. O’Connor about why things are happening and what must be done to address them
You can learn new skills and develop new understanding of yourself and your partner.
Effects of Stress and past trauma: Some of the issues that couples are experiencing include difficulties such as:
You may have felt that prior to stressful events, that you were doing okay, but find that the stress placed on you has put an unexpected strain on your relationship.
CoVId may have, because of your excessive proximity to each other, raised questions about your happiness, contentment, or the viability of your relationship.
Strsss may expose dormant problems that you knew were always there but you now find can no longer be avoided.
Your partner may be an abusive and controlling personality and, under stress, may have now become overbearing leaving you living in dread and fear all the time.
You may have previously had a dysfunctional relationship because of alcohol abuse, infidelity, or mental health issues and stress has made it impossible to hide the seriousness of such problems.