Couples Therapy NYC

Couples therapy can be a transformative chapter in your relationship. At Modern Therapy Group in New York, we offer a sanctuary where partners can confront their conflicts with courage. Rather than sidestepping the issues that keep you apart, we provide a space where you can explore these challenges, using them as stepping stones to a healthy connection.

Our couples therapists can help you and your partner hold emotional space for each other, fostering a journey toward secure attachment and healing.

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Couples Therapy New York: What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy, also known as couples counseling or marriage counseling, is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help romantic partners gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict, and enhance personal growth and understanding. 

During a couples therapy session, your therapist will encourage you and your partner to express your thoughts and emotions related to your relationship, understand each other’s perspectives, and develop healthy ways of interacting.

This type of therapy can address many issues, including communication problems, trust issues, sexual difficulties, and conflicts about parenting or finances.

Couples therapy is suitable for all types of relationships, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

Do You Need Couples Counseling?

Individuals seek couples therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from communication problems and infidelity to life transitions and issues related to family dynamics. 

This form of therapy provides a space for you and your partner to address your concerns with the guidance of a trained therapist, aiming to improve the quality of your relationship, enhance emotional connection, and build healthy relationships that can withstand the challenges of life.

You and your partner might benefit from seeing a couples therapist if any of the below situations apply:

  • Betrayal: A breach of trust can shake the foundation of the most stable relationships.
  • Infidelity: Whether emotional or physical, infidelity can be a turning point for many couples.
  • Differing Beliefs or Values: When partners find themselves at odds over core values, finding common ground is crucial.
  • Low Sex or No Sex: Intimacy issues can signal deeper relationship problems.
  • Gaslighting: This form of manipulation can leave one feeling isolated and questioning their reality.
  • Foundation Building: For new couples, setting a robust framework for the relationship is essential.
By directly addressing these issues, couples therapy becomes a transformative tool for your relationship.

How Is Couples Therapy Different From Family Therapy or Group Therapy?

Couples therapy focuses specifically on the relationship between two partners, with the goal of improving interaction, resolving conflicts, and increasing relationship satisfaction. In contrast, family therapy addresses the dynamics and issues within a family unit, involving multiple family members in the process. Group therapy involves individuals, often strangers, coming together under the guidance of a therapist to discuss and work on their individual issues within a group setting.

Benefits of Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling

At Modern Therapy Group, we understand the complexities of relationship issues and the vital role of couples therapy. Our experienced couples therapists provide a supportive environment for addressing communication challenges, conflict resolution, and emotional connections. Through structured sessions, partners can heal from betrayal, realign goals, and enhance intimacy. By embarking on this collaborative journey with a skilled couples therapist, you can navigate relationship issues with empathy and understanding, fostering a stronger partnership.

Couples therapy offers:

Improved Communication: Therapy provides a platform to voice concerns effectively and listen empathetically, fostering a more profound understanding between partners.

Conflict Resolution Skills: Couples learn to navigate disagreements with respect and find resolutions that consider both parties’ perspectives.

Strengthened Emotional Connection: By addressing underlying issues, therapy can help revive emotional intimacy that may have waned over time.

Healing from Betrayal: Through structured sessions, partners can work through the pain of infidelity and rebuild trust.

Realignment of Goals and Values: Therapy helps couples find common ground and realign their life goals and values, reinforcing their bond.

Enhanced Intimacy: Addressing physical intimacy issues within therapy can lead to a renewed sense of closeness in the relationship.

By engaging in couples therapy, you and your partner can work collaboratively to dismantle the barriers that interfere with your relationship’s potential. Embrace the opportunity for change and let Modern Therapy Group assist you in nurturing a more profound partnership.

How Often Should We Attend Therapy Sessions?

The frequency of therapy sessions typically depends on the specific needs of the couple, the severity of the issues being addressed, and the recommendations of the therapist. Initially, most therapists recommend weekly sessions to help establish a therapeutic alliance, maintain momentum, and effectively address the issues at hand. This regularity allows for consistent progress and gives couples the opportunity to practice new skills and communication strategies in their daily interactions.

It’s important to note that couples therapy is a process. Immediate relief might come from discussing issues, but lasting change often involves ongoing work and engagement in therapeutic strategies.

Our Approach: The Gottman Method

Our treatment approach is centered around the renowned Gottman Method, a research-based strategy that focuses on disarming conflicting verbal communication, increasing intimacy, respect, and affection, removing barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and creating a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Here’s how the Gottman Method can reshape your relationship:
  • Building Love Maps: We’ll help you explore each other’s world by asking questions and deepening your understanding of your partner.
  • Fostering Fondness and Admiration: Rekindling respect and appreciation for one another is vital.
  • Turning Towards Instead of Away: You’ll learn to respond positively to your partner’s bids for attention.
  • The Positive Perspective: Our approach helps maintain a positive view of your partner and your relationship.
  • Managing Conflict: We’ll provide you with the tools to approach conflicts in a healthy, constructive way.
  • Making Life Dreams Come True: Supporting each other’s hopes for the future can dramatically improve your relationship.
  • Creating Shared Meaning: Together, we’ll help you build a sense of purpose and shared narratives.

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Modern Therapy Group: What To Expect During Couples Therapy in New York

In the initial session of couples therapy, you can expect to discuss the history of your relationship, identify specific issues that have led you to seek therapy, and set goals for what you hope to achieve through the therapeutic process. This first meeting is crucial for establishing trust and openness, as it allows both partners and the therapist to gain a clear understanding of the relationship’s dynamics and the challenges you’re facing together.

For follow-up sessions, your therapist will build upon the foundation developed during the initial session. You will delve deeper into the issues identified as your therapist facilitates discussions to uncover underlying conflicts, improve communication, and foster understanding between you and your partner. These sessions are more interactive, often involving specific strategies and exercises to address your unique challenges. 

Techniques such as role-playing, communication exercises, and guided discussions are common, helping you and your partner develop empathy, resolve conflicts, and work collaboratively toward your relationship goals.

Additionally, everything you say in our therapy sessions is confidential, except in cases of imminent harm, providing you with a safe space to share your thoughts.

The goal of couples therapy, facilitated by our licensed mental health professionals, is to increase relationship satisfaction and foster healthier interactions between partners. Through various therapeutic approaches, such as emotionally focused therapy, couples learn to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts, and understand each other’s needs, all of which contribute to a healthier and happier life together.

Begin Couples Therapy Sessions with Our Mental Health Professionals in New York

Take the first step toward addressing your relationship issues by seeking couples therapy with an experienced couples therapist at Modern Therapy Group in New York City. Our licensed marriage and family therapists are dedicated to tailoring treatment to your unique needs, helping you develop effective communication skills, and fostering stronger connections. Couples therapy can be a powerful tool in navigating difficult thoughts and feelings, ultimately enriching your marriage or partnership. Contact us today to explore our range of services and embark on a journey toward a healthier, more fulfilling relationship.

Couples Therapy NYC: Frequently Asked Questions

No, couples therapy benefits any committed relationship, regardless of marital status.

No, couples therapy benefits any committed relationship, regardless of marital status.

The duration of therapy varies based on the unique challenges and needs of each couple. Many clients need a few months of sessions to see significant progress.

A professional therapist is trained to remain neutral and supports both partners equally, helping you and your partner to work through your issues together.

It can be beneficial to start the process even on your own. Therapy can provide insights and tools to bring into the relationship dynamics.

At Modern Therapy Group, we strive to make therapy services accessible to everyone and are in-network with most insurance plans to help alleviate the cost. To obtain specific pricing details tailored to your needs, we encourage you to communicate directly with our team.

Medically Reviewed by Jack Hazan

Jack Hazan, MA, LMHC, CSAT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of New York. With a passion for helping individuals navigate life’s challenges, Jack has honed his expertise in various areas of mental health. He specializes in providing compassionate and effective treatment for challenges with relationships, intimacy, and avoidant behaviors associated with adult childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, codependency, addiction (including excessive behaviors related to sex, porn, and apps), LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, as well as impulsive behaviors (including ADHD).

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