COUPLE & RELATIONSHIP THERAPY
Having a good relationship can be an important ingredient for good emotional health and well-being. While all relationships experience occasional conflict or difficulties, there may be times when you feel you could benefit from the help of a professional.
At Brookvale Psychology, we work with all types of couples. We offer couples counselling, where both partners are present, and also individual relationship therapy where one partner is present. You can select the therapy format you feel most comfortable with.
Our psychologists draw from evidence-based therapies to reduce relationship distress, including the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
The Gottman Method comprises interventions to increase intimacy and decrease conflict which have been developed from decades of research by John Gottman into the science of relationship stability versus relationship dissolution.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples has showed highly positive outcomes for couples. While every case is different, findings from a combination of studies looking at the effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples showed that 70-73% of couples in these studies recovered from marital distress and 90% of the couples significantly improved*.
Couple or Relationship therapy at Brookvale Psychology can help with:
- Reducing relationship conflict
- Improving communication skills
- Increasing intimacy- emotional and sexual
- Recovering from affair
- Managing relationship dissolution
- Overcoming struggles with making and keeping relationships
- Dealing with relationship ambivalence and relationship insecurity
Couple assessment typically involves an initial session where both partners are present followed by individual sessions with each partner separately before continuing with couple therapy treatment sessions.
- Johnson, S., Hunsley, J., Greenberg, L. & Schindler, D. (1999) Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Status & challenges (A meta-analysis). Journal of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6, 67-79.