Many couples have difficulties communicating. Some couples engage in frequent negative, conflictual exchanges. For other couples, there is more quiet distance. As the stresses of life mount, often communication between members of a couple gets worse.
A big part of couple or marital therapy involves helping couples find ways of communicating effectively. Our therapists will try to help couples learn to communicate more effectively, courageously, authentically, and sensitively. In the safe space of the clinician's office, couples often find they can speak from their softer, more emotional side, with less blaming and defensiveness.
Though for many couples in distress it can be hard to picture communicating well again, numerous strategies have been developed that can lead both members of the couple to be surprised by how dramatically their patterns can change.