Couples Therapy offers a supportive space for understanding interpersonal dynamics, improving relationships and resolving conflicts. At CWML we utilize a DBT-Informed approach to couples therapy. With the guidance of a skilled therapist, sessions focus on fostering understanding, identifying patterns of interaction, and developing effective strategies to navigate interpersonal issues with the aim of creating healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
What is DBT-Informed Couples Therapy?
DBT-Informed Couples Therapy is a specialized approach that combines the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with evidence-based techniques tailored to couples. DBT, originally designed to treat individuals with emotional dysregulation, has proven to be highly effective in improving emotional awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. When applied to couples therapy, it offers a unique framework for resolving conflicts, enhancing communication, and fostering emotional intimacy.
DBT-Informed Couples Therapy is particularly beneficial for couples who struggle with emotional intensity, impulsive behaviors, and difficulties in regulating their emotional responses. It offers practical skills and strategies to improve communication, emotional regulation, and overall relationship satisfaction. While it draws from DBT principles, it is adapted specifically to the dynamics and challenges that couples face in their relationships.
How can DBT-Informed Couples Therapy help you?
Better Emotional Regulation
Couples are taught how to recognize and manage their own intense emotions. By doing so, individuals can engage in more constructive and less emotionally reactive interactions with their partners.
More Effective Communication
Couples learn skills to express their feelings and needs in a way that promotes understanding and empathy. This helps reduce misunderstandings and conflicts within the relationship.
Mindfulness techniques are a central component of DBT. Couples practice being fully present in the moment, which can enhance emotional awareness and improve the quality of their interactions.
Greater Interpersonal Effectiveness
This aspect of DBT focuses on teaching couples how to interact more effectively with each other, addressing issues such as setting boundaries, asking for what they need, and maintaining self-respect while resolving conflicts.
Couples are provided with tools to resolve conflicts in a healthy and constructive manner. The goal is to move away from destructive patterns of arguing, toward productive discussions that lead to resolution and compromise.
At CWML, all of the therapists on our team are intensively trained in DBT and are committed to helping the couples they work with build healthier, more fulfilling relationships. We provide a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your challenges, develop new skills, and work toward a more loving and connected partnership.
Our goal is to empower you to lead a life that is balanced, fulfilling, and meaningful, an approach to life we call Wise Mind Living.