Couples therapy can greatly benefit our relationships, regardless of the nature or severity of the issues we are experiencing. A psychologist can help us learn to manage conflict, improve our bonds, form healthy communication, and create meaningful change in our relationships moving forward.
The experienced team of psychologists at Mind Matters have received training to support couples, marriages, and relationships of all ages.
Which therapies are used in couples therapy?
Our therapists use a range of modalities to support our clients from Gottman therapy to Emotionally Focused Therapy to Cognitive Behavioural therapy
Emotionally focused therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based therapeutic model that’s based on the science of attachment. It focuses on nurturing attachment security within our significant relationships. Having started in the 1980s, this approach has decades of studies behind it and has proven to be effective in both short-term and long-term contexts.
EFT aims to cultivate a secure emotional bond. It taps into collaborative problem-solving and mutual growth. It aims to make relationships happier and more intimate. EFT is known for its non-blaming approach. It recognizes emotions as the main part of transformation. It allows us to express clearer signals of our needs.
The Gottman Method is very popular in couples therapy. Its ultimate aim is to enhance our relationship dynamics through the use of both assessment tools and intervention strategies that identify and address our core issues. Striving to foster understanding and communication, it focuses on the “Four Horsemen” – criticism, contempt, defensiveness, stonewalling – to help us replace destructive patterns with constructive interactions.
Our structured sessions here at Mind Matters help us learn to deepen our friendship, manage conflicts, and nurture shared dreams by focusing on emotional connection, trust, and long-term relationship satisfaction.
Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that uses problem-solving techniques to address present-time issues. It aims to offer the necessary tools to acknowledge and identify unhelpful or painful thought patterns, assess whether or not they are realistic and, in doing so, alter responses to challenging situations. The skills and processes you learn through CBT can guide your relationships through difficulties or problems that may arise in the future.
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