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Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy, also known as couples counseling or marital therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping couples of all types explore, recognize, and resolve conflicts in an effort to improve their relationships and interactions. Conducted by a trained therapist, typically a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or  Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), it provides a safe and neutral space for both partners to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

Goals and Benefits
  • Improved Communication: Enhances understanding and communication between partners, teaching them how to listen and speak more effectively.

  • Conflict Resolution: Helps couples learn to manage and resolve conflicts in a healthier way, without causing harm to the relationship.

  • Strengthened Connection: Aims to rebuild or enhance emotional connections and intimacy that may have been lost due to various stresses or challenges.

  • Understanding Dynamics: Identifies the patterns and dynamics within the relationship that contribute to conflict or dissatisfaction.

  • Personal Growth: Encourages individual growth and understanding, as well as mutual support within the relationship.

  • Decision Making: Assists couples in making thoughtful decisions about rebuilding their relationship or, in some cases, parting ways amicably.

Methods and Approaches

Couples therapy may employ various therapeutic approaches, depending on the therapist's training and the couple's specific issues, including:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Focuses on developing and strengthening the emotional bond between partners by addressing attachment issues.

  • Gottman Method: Utilizes specific interventions to improve respect, affection, and closeness, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the relationship.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps couples identify and challenge negative patterns of thought and behavior that are affecting their relationship.

  • Narrative Therapy: Encourages couples to narrate their relationship issues from a detached perspective, which can help in identifying solutions.



Couples therapy sessions typically involve both partners, though individual sessions may also be part of the therapy process. During these sessions, the therapist will work with the couple to identify specific issues within the relationship, with the aim of understanding the perspectives of both partners. Through guided discussion and exercises, couples can learn new ways to support and relate to each other.



Couples therapy offers a path to restoring harmony and understanding in relationships facing challenges. Whether addressing communication issues, infidelity, life transitions, or emotional disconnect, therapy provides a constructive way to explore difficulties and work towards a healthier, more fulfilling partnership. It’s an investment in the relationship's future, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect, understanding, and love as foundational elements for lasting connection.


The motto "THINK. FEEL. GROW." beautifully captures the essence of what Best Intentions Behavioral Therapy aims to achieve – helping individuals to reflect on their thoughts, understand and manage their emotions, and embrace growth and change.

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