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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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

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 ,
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

Promoting collaboration through understanding and development of healthy communication strategies to decrease conflict.

— Barek Sharif, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA

This is important when looking at those who we move most often thru life with. This can be your life partner or partners. This can also be someone you are separating with but by some connection such as children, you still must maintain a relationship. Im here to support the couples process at whatever stage.

— Rami Vissell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

CCT is designed for couples who may be struggling with patterns of conflict in their relationship. The focus of CCT, then, is on 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.

— Jamie Fister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA

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