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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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

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 in , MO

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

Collaborative Therapy is a modality that is used commonly from me since many clients like to work together with their therapist to come up with ways to help them navigate through any issues. We generate new meanings about the problem and take new action to resolve problems.

— Amisha Gandhi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Kirkland, WA

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 relationship dynamic, explore where and how you and your relationships can grow, and assisting you in deepening connection with your loved ones.

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

I work with couples to determine relationship patterns that are no longer working, determine goals for changing those patterns, and assist in collaborating with all parties on ways to interrupt negative cycles and build positive habits and interactions that help to a grow a more positive dynamic!

— Alexis Clarksean, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

I was trained as a couples therapist to use a systems framework and work with couples and relational clients to address the current dynamics and patterns between you and your partner.

— Mia Montenegro, Therapist

CCT-collaborative Couples Therapy is the approach that I use and I focus on the joint participation of both partners in therapy to address relationship challenges. It emphasizes creating a collaborative and respectful environment where both partners feel heard, validated, and each person is actively involved in the therapeutic process.

— Galina Litvin, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Ramon, CA

Collaborative Therapy is an approach I take with individuals and couples that emphasizes equal partnership between therapist and client. It involves actively involving the client in the therapeutic process, encouraging open communication, and valuing the client’s insights and lived experiences. By working together as a team, I’ll empower you to take an active role in your healing.

— Arlee Pryor, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Dallas, TX

A voluntary dispute resolution process, Collaborative Divorce allows parties to settle without resort to litigation and provides spouses/partners with the support and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice offers the benefit of coaches, child and financial specialists who work together to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution for all parties.

— Brett Sherman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Birmingham, MI

If you're tired of faking a smile to get through the day, or can't wait for bed as soon as you wake up, I want to help. I take a realistic, down to earth approach to highlight my client's strengths while understanding their difficulties; providing them with valuable tools to independently use for years to come.

— Heather Agid, Addictions Counselor in Hartford, CT

Throughout my process of working with couples, I strive to create a safe and empathic environment in which both partners feel heard and comfortable sharing their experience. It is imperative couples take these first three meetings to decide if I’m a good fit. Also, it's important couples be able to share when they feel misunderstood, hurt, or disagree with me. Though I am an "expert" in couples therapy, it's important each partner feel their dignity, feelings, and beliefs matter.

— Sejal Patel, Clinical Psychologist