Couples and Family

Couples and Family

Many couples and families in distress experience characteristic patterns or behavioral themes that make the resolution of conflicts difficult. When family members or intimate partners find themselves repeatedly having the same argument, engaging in the same conflict, or feeling the same lack of fulfillment, therapy can offer a solution for restructuring problematic interactions and helping people move forward.

Emotion Focused Therapy for couples (EFT-C) is an empirically supported approach to working with couples. Dr. Shari Geller and the team at CMBH have trained with Dr. Leslie Greenberg, a lead researcher, clinician and developer of EFT-C. EFT-C has been demonstrated to help couples resolve conflicts and patterns and create long lasting and meaningful relationships.

Couples and family counseling can help to:

  • Resolve relationship conflicts
  • Repair relationships after an affair or rupture
  • Improve communication
  • Work through issues regarding sexuality
  • Rebuild trust
  • Deepen emotional connection
  • Prepare for marriage or parenting
  • Improve blending of families
  • Create meaningful relationships and connections

DBT Skills Coaching for Families

DBT Skills for Families focuses on coping effectively with intense emotional patterns in intimate relationships. Skills are taught that help break the negative emotional patterns that prompt emotional reactivity, criticism, self-blame, or defensiveness.

We offer families (e.g. parents, partners, siblings) opportunities to learn skills and strategies to effectively respond to their loved ones (teens and adults). Coping skills are taught to family members to improve relationships, increase the likelihood of collaborative responses, decrease emotional dysregulation, reduce problematic behavior, improve communication, and effectively negotiate and problem solve.