Clinical psychologist Emma Smith explains how in problematic relationships one partner often wants to resolve things while the other may withdraw. Couples therapy is a way to change the conversation. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
So people come to couples therapy when there is a problem in the relationship. And our role as therapists is to help them work out what’s happening, develop a formulation of how it’s got to this point, and then a treatment plan for how to actually start to make changes within the relationship. A common pattern that often happens is that one partner has withdrawn from the relationship, and another partner is pursuing or fighting in the relationship. And this can really keep couples stuck, because if one partner wants to work things out and resolve things and the other one’s withdrawing, then there’s not really anywhere to go. So our role as therapists is to provide safe enough space so that people can actually start to have a different kind of conversation to connect with each other’s feelings and intentions and motivations and understand why each partner is actually reacting in the way they are so that they can start to change it.