Couple Therapy and Marriage Therapy with Andrew C Wright, Relationship Expert and Clinical Director of ATIC
“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” — Lao Tzu
Relationships are about mutual trust and open communication. Relationships fail when communication fails and often negative patterns have been formed as a result of each parties not attending to each other’s needs and feelings.
Relationships take hard work and compromise but when two parties are unable to reconcile differences on their own then a trained therapist can help. A therapist can address underlying issues and repeating patterns of conflict in relationships. By exploring and observing how the couple exhibit their difficulties in the sessions, the therapist can suggest new ways of resolving conflicts and suggest practical steps to improve their relationships outside of the sessions.
Couples are often stuck in loop, “the problem is the pattern, not the person”. — Susan Johnson, 2009
What is Relationship Therapy?
Relationship Therapy is the bringing together, by a trained professional, of two parties in an effort to better manage or reconcile differences and repeating patterns of conflict and distress. The relationship involved can also be couples, members of a family, employees/employers or other opposing parties that need mediation.
Also if relationships cannot be maintained then therapy can help partners deal with issues around a divorce, with the need to protect their children and to be able to move on with their life and have future relationships.
Couple Therapy involves both partners exploring their own feelings and patterns of behaviour with a trained therapist. The aim is for both parties to gain an understanding of each other’s needs, difficulties and life goals. The aim of the programme is to help the couple acknowledge and resolve conflict, improving communication and emotional intimacy/sexual difficulties.
“Every couple has ups and downs, every couple argues, and that’s the thing—you’re a couple, and couples can’t function without trust.” ― Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight
The ATIC approach
At ATIC, we use a holistic and empathetic approach to provide clients with a safe therapeutic space in which to explore any concern. We use a practical and creative approach. In therapy approaching feelings and thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Making changes in your beliefs or behaviours can be scary at first, but ultimately rewarding in the long run.
“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” ― Dave Meurer