Couples Counseling in my Denver Practice:
In our culture, we do not have formal education on relationships, communication, or parenting. Couples often do not have the tools on how to relate to each other and parent children.
Many problems in relationships stem from inexperience or difficulty with conflict. Family history has taught each partner different ways or rules of relating and dealing with conflict. For example, one partner’s family may have yelled to resolve issues, while the other’s family avoided conflict entirely. Each partner expects the other to automatically abide by these unspoken rules.
In relationship, each person brings his or her own expectations and roles, often believing that these should be understood and accepted. Couples counseling often starts with having the couple identify and establish mutually agreeable, new “rules of engagement”, communication, and understanding their partner’s temperament, expectations, and personality.
Together we talk about each partner’s vision of relationships and identify personal goals. What is important in couples therapy is to bring partners together, so they can grow and become allies rather than become alienated from one another. We work on issues of acceptance, intimacy, and sexuality, so that the couple understands and tolerates the relational mine-fields.
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