Collaborative Couple Therapy

Collaborative couple therapy is a therapeutic technique that helps couples understand how they communicate when struggling with an issue or argument. The focus of collaborative couple therapy is teaching partners how to turn those fights into intimate conversations, and in turn, strengthen the relationship. In collaborative couple therapy, the therapist will sit in between the couple and speak as if they were one of the partners talking to the other. If one of the partners is 'fighting' by using stinging words, the therapist will attempt to translate those comments into confiding thoughts. If a partner is ‘withdrawing,’ the therapist will guess at what the individual is feeling, and ask if the guesses are correct. A successful outcome of collaborative couple therapy is experiencing intimacy in times of struggle, rather than fighting or withdrawing. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s collaborative couple therapy experts today. 

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A large majority of my client base is couples. I am currently working as a marriage therapist at The Relationship Institute in Royal Oak, Michigan.

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Ann Arbor, MI

I love working with couples to support them in finding their path and helping them to learn each other's languages of communication. We all come from drastically differing experiences as human beings, and the work of bringing two worlds together can be incredibly difficult and frustrating, and it can also be full of joy and excitement. I am here to guide you through it all. I am a sex positive, LGBTQIA+ welcoming therapist who orients towards liberation psychology and theories of attachment.

— Talia Chanoff, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

We will work together to improve communication skills and to shift your relationship into the relationship that you want to live and enjoy.

— Monica New, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Playa Del Rey, CA

Problems tend to form through miscommunication. The collaborative approach helps everyone feel heard and understood. As a result, communication begins to improve, and problems start to dissolve.

— Katherine Traxler-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

We as individuals form our unique worldviews by the attachment styles we develop with our parents and by the dynamics of our family relationships, friendships, and romantic partnerships throughout our lives. I work collaboratively in partnership with you, honoring your worldview, to recognize what’s going well in your couple or family dynamic, explore where and how you and your relationships can grow, and assisting you increase connection with your loved ones.

— Shelly Hogan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Collaborative Therapy focuses on the language used to discuss problems. By parsing through language and expressing curiosity, a deeper understanding is achieved and couples and individuals have an opportunity to feel genuinely heard by their partner and/or their therapist.

— Bianca Segura, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

In my training, we focused specifically on Collaborative Therapy. We must be mindful that therapy is just a conversation - sometimes, it can feel scary, but we are simply humans communicating.

— Veronica Llanos-Davis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

Through an active role, I tackle ways of communication between partners and begin to deconstructed the language and meaning behind every interaction. From a simple argument, to better understanding what and why they said what they said.

— Jacqueline House, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Katy, TX

CCT is designed for couples who may be struggling with patterns of conflict in their relationship. The focus of CCT is helping partners work together in a collaborative way to solve problems and improve their relationship in the process. CCT therapists see a fight between partners as an opportunity for a conversation.

— Amy Studer, Licensed Professional Counselor

I collaborate with couples to improve communication, address blocks to communication, help clients to listen and speak to each other about boundaries, wants and needs, and goals for the couple. I help couples to process infidelity, broken trust, and imbalances in the relationship. I also help clients to address patterns they see repeating in their relationship.

— Patricia Schuetz, MA, MFTA, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

In collaborative couple therapy, partners are encouraged to identify and express their “leading-edge” thoughts and feelings—the ones in the moment that motivate, distract, or linger in the mind or body.Then, they learn how to avoid cyclical fights and be better to each other, and communicate better.

— Christian Longue, Counselor in Austin, TX