Therapy for couples first involves identifying the areas of difficulty that have led to the couple seeking help. This usually takes the form of the couple being seen together at first, and if helpful, having some sessions individually in the initial stages.
Sessions typically focus on the strengths and struggles of the relationship, and where the 'hotspots' are when it comes to conflict in the relationship. Your psychologist will help you gain a better understanding of how certain behaviours and ways of communicating as a couple can be reinforcing problematic dynamics and will help you find ways to improve this.
Sessions may also involve exploring each partner's background history to gain compassionate insight into how early family and relationship experiences might be contributing to the difficulties in the current relationship.
Overall sessions will aim to improve your relationship through greater insight, behavioural change, improved communication and connection.