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

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, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
 

Coach couples online I work with both straight, unmarried and LGBT couples

— Michael Keane, Counselor in Jamaica Plain, MA

I assist couples to express their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to each other in a healthy way. I assist couples in learning healthier communication styles and healthier behaviors for themselves and towards each other. I help them identify negative patterns and the root of them so they can be replaced with healthier patterns. I teach couples how to deal with their own thoughts and feelings so they are not taking them out of their partner. We focus on positives of partner and relationship.

— Michelle Brody, Counselor in Windermere, FL
 

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

The couple and Therapist form a dynamic treatment team to work together on the issues identified and goals established by the couple.

— Peter Kanaris, Psychologist
 

I have focused on helping couples shift from an adversarial or withdrawn pattern of relationships to a more collaborative one.

— Dr. Sigal Levy, Psychologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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
 

I routinely saw couples during my postdoctoral training in sex therapy, and continue to work with couples wishing to enhance intimacy and connection inside and outside of the bedroom. Some common topics I work with couples on include repair from boundary violations (eg, infidelity), setting new boundaries, navigating conflict, developing empathy for one another, and recognizing when old/harmful relational patterns are surfacing in present relationships.

— Alex Tatum, Sex Therapist in Chicago, IL

With my client couples, I have used collaboration, meaning speaking with each client to discuss his or her needs and frustrations within the relationship. I believe collaborative therapy is key to establishing couple goals to benefit everyone. In my sessions, couples do not talk over each other, as communication is important in understanding what has or has not happened in the relationship.

— Deborah Vara, Counselor in Warrenton, VA
 

In working together, I utilize a person-centered, integrative and collaborative approach to therapy, with the understanding that each person is distinctive and individual. My goal is to meet clients where they are and to create a comfortable, safe space for growth, exploration and self-healing.

— Gary Reeves, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

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