We offer couples and family therapy work for a wide range of presenting issues. These interventions focus on repairing challenging issues within couple and family dynamics. Individuals learn to enhance and enable communication, attachment,  and overall relationship satisfaction.

The types of issues we treat in the context of couples and family therapy are:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Marital conflict
  • Relationship stressors
  • Grief and loss
  • Physical and mental illness
  • Pandemic impact
  • Life transitions
  • Family trauma and conflict
  • Relationship stressors
  • Betrayal

One of our approaches for couples therapy focuses on Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy, which has been developed from principles of attachment science. In this approach, our therapists work with you and your partner to create a positive shift in interactional patterns, to expand and re-organize key emotional responses, and to create a secure bond between both of you.

One of our approaches for couple therapy also focuses on the Gottman Method. This approach hones in on the well-being of relationships and uses a variety of different tools and techniques. Couples will learn different ways of relating to each other and communicating with each other. This happens in the service of rebuilding their relationship and making it more meaningful.

​Our approach for families focuses on Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. Our therapists will work with your family to restore connection and promote resilience in family relationships. In this approach, the therapist will work with your family to create new patterns of parental availability, responsiveness, and coherent attachment communications. This allows families to better face developmental change and life challenges.

​​Our therapists also use Narrative Therapy for both couples and family work. This approach is based on the premise that we story our lives from our individual experiences (i.e., our personal narrative forms the basis of our understanding and identity). This is a deeply respectful and highly collaborative approach. Individuals are viewed as experts in their own life experiences. In this approach, our therapist works with you and your partner or family to help you better understand and separate from identified issues. This is done by exploring the communication of these personal stories. These stories contain values, preferences and unhelpful interpretations of events. This narrative becomes the material through which change is jointly explored in the context of therapy. 

Our couples and family therapists at FTPS have strong backgrounds in mental health as well. This allows them to provide comprehensive treatment planning and pay attention to many important factors that are happening during the course of therapy.