In couple therapy, I offer assessment & therapy sessions. The first two meetings serve to assess your past and present in the different areas of life. They give me a sense of who you are and of the factors related to your difficulties. After that, we discuss the different themes that need to be worked on. Finally, we start the couple therapy itself. I use the systemic approach which views the problem as being caused by the interaction between the partners. Each partner is therefore responsible for the problem occurring but also for the problem solving. It is necessary that both partners get involved in the therapeutic process. Throughout the therapy, partners become aware of the types of interactions they have and their communication patterns. We also discuss intimacy and sexuality issues. Both assessment and therapy would be incomplete without considering the family models and the past relationships patterns. It helps us understand where both partners come from and why they face their actual issues. Both partners learn new ways of functioning that are more satisfying.
the sexual problem was there way before you met your partner but at other
times, it suddenly appeared in your current relationship. It could then be
related to your couple dynamics. In couple therapy, the individual is seen
as an element in his couple who is reacting to the problematic dynamics by
a sexual problem. The sexual problem is therefore a symptom that something
is wrong in the couple dynamics. In therapy, I examine and discuss the
dynamics with the couple. Different issues are addressed according to what
the couple presents : intimacy, complementarity versus fusion, conflict
resolution, communication, etc. The couple therapy is interesting because
both individuals progress together and share their difficulties and gains
while the individual therapy creates changes in one individual without
help for the partner to adjust himself to the new dynamics.
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