Facts to Know:
- Couples therapy can help couples develop more loving and more secure relationships.
- Couples therapy aims to improve communication and decrease conflict between partners.
- Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to help 3 out 4 couples move from distress to healthy relationship functioning.
What is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy helps people in romantic relationships build a stronger, more loving attachment. This therapy treats relationship distress, chronic arguments, and broken trust from emotional or sexual affairs. Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy is a specific treatment that has been shown to help 3 out of 4 couples improve their relationship. Couples typically meet with a therapist once per week for approximately 50 - 60 minutes. The duration of treatment depends upon the needs of the couple, although 3-6 months is common.
How does Couples Therapy work?
Couples therapy helps partners realize the value of love, comfort, and support that comes with a secure relationship. The treatment is divided into three stages. In the initial sessions, the therapist works with the couple to assess how they interact with one another and de-escalate patterns of conflict in their relationship. The next phase of therapy focuses on developing new bonds to deepen and strengthen the relationship. In the final phase of treatment, improved communication skills and new ways of relating are consolidated. Couples practice healthy ways of interacting outside of the therapy room and recognize how much they need each other.
How can I receive Couples Therapy at Columbia?
At Columbia Psychiatry, we work with couples utilizing evidence-based approaches such as Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy in order to help couples develop the relationship they long for. We offer therapy tailored to the unique needs of each couple.
Search our providers for a therapist or psychiatrist with expertise in couples therapy.
To make an appointment, please call 212-305-6001 or submit our online form.