Hi! I'm Joe, I'm a clinical social worker, AASECT certified sex therapist and supervisor of sex therapy with over 26 years of expereince.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Concord, MA
Couples therapy is a type of intervention focusing on improving honesty, trust, and intimacy between partners. When working with couples I focus on relationship dynamics, the impact that the family of origin, patterns of communication and how the relationship manages conflict and vulnerability. This process often involves reflecting on how each partner has contributed to the current problem, exploring attachment and differentiation, and creating space for trust and depth in the relationship.
Struggles with sexual functioning and pleasure stem from traumatic events, health issues, relational problems or social struggles. Sometimes people begin to discover new aspects of their sexuality that they had not previously been aware of. Sex therapy often works to help people, through education and therapy, to develop a better relationship to their bodies, history, desires and relationship with their intimate partners in more open and honest ways.
Couples counseling, also referred to as couples therapy, is a form of intervention in which intimate partners work to address their struggles and improve the quality of their intimate partnership. Couples therapy asks each partner to look at their contributions to the state of the relationship, take responsibility to manage and conduct themselves more effectivly, and work together in building towards a more effective and mutually beneficial connection.
Attachment theory focuses on the how we have learned to experience ourselves and others through the relationships that we were raised in, and can help to inform who some people struggle with trust, intimacy and communication in intimate partner relationships as well as how these struggles may be improved through therapy and couples therapy. Attachment theory is closely related to both family systems and object relations models of psychotherapy.
Relational therapy focuses on the use of the relationship between the therapist and the individuals, and couples, they work with to create opportunities and experiences for self-reflection and interpersonal growth. Relational therapy often integrates multiple models and approaches to create a safe, supportive and experiential therapy where emotional risk taking and self exploration is both supported and encouraged.