Therapeutic consultations with couples who wish to work on their relationship, solve a specific problem or address their separation with the aid of therapeutic support.
APPROACH AND OBJECTIVE
- Couple therapy is based on the systemic approach, therefore supports the view that problems form challenges in the couple’s relationship and are processed with the presence of both partners.
- Couple therapy begins with an overview of the issues and an evaluation of the state of the couple’s relationship.
- I work with a confrontational but, at the same time, solution-oriented approach. Confrontational indicates my involvement, with the purpose of not letting the couple deceive themselves and enabling them to escape their entrenched roles. Solution-oriented indicates that I assist the couple in finding a “third” path, which neither reduces the partners to their similarities nor blames their differences on each other’s faults.
- A fundamentally open approach allows the partners to gradually discover, in the course of the therapy, their desires and goals and attain these in an adequate and creative way.
PROCEDURE AND SETTING
- The therapy begins with an initial consultation, a non-binding, paid double session (90 minutes), in which we outline an overview and formulate a first set of therapy objectives.
- This is followed by sessions at a three to four week interval.
- Both partners are to be present at the sessions at all times. If one partner is absent, the session will not be conducted but it will, however, be billed.
- The duration is discussed; the couple can end the therapy together or individually. If one partner wishes to end the therapy it is to be announced in a common session.