Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling

By: Breakthrough  09-12-2011

Couple therapy, also called marriage counseling, is an effective treatment to help couples resolve difficulties experienced at any point in their relationship. Typically, a couple will seek help when they are experiencing chronic conflict, a loss of intimacy and closeness, or communication problems. Couple therapy is also helpful after the disclosure of an extramarital affair.

Couple therapy focuses on the patterns of interaction between the two partners as well as on the emotions and beliefs they have about themselves and each other. After finding out about the problems each partner is experiencing in the relationship, the therapist will explore what happens between them when a conflict occurs or when they are unable to communicate effectively. The process of the therapy is to identify the repetitive, harmful patterns of relating to each other, to assist each partner in recognizing their own and each other's behaviours that contribute to these patterns and to identify the underlying emotions that trigger the behaviours. When these emotions are acknowledged and validated, partners can start to relate to each other with more honesty and empathy and to feel more connected to and supported by each other.

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Child Behavior Therapy & Counseling

The early steps of BPT are quite refreshing for the parents and the child because positive interactions are created with the change in the behaviors of both the child and parents. Behavior parent training has been shown repeatedly to effectively treat common problems such as bedwetting, and reduce the impact of more severe disorders such as ADHD.


Teen & Adolescent Therapy | Counseling

During the first counseling session, the therapist will usually meet with both the teen and parentto gather some background information and talk about a plan for the therapy. The therapist will meet with the teenager several times to talk with him or her about the problem and begin to work on finding solutions to the problem.


Family Therapy & Counseling Services

When you call Breakthrough for help with a family problem, the therapist may request an initial counseling session with all family members including: parents, children, and occasionally other family members who play a big role in the family dynamic. Each parent brings to the business of parenting particular values, beliefs and interaction styles learned mainly in their own families.