London based clinical psychologist Emma Smith outlines some of techniques used in couples therapy and how the therapist creates a ‘safe space’ in the room so the couple can connect. 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
We start by assessing the problem, the history of the problem, the kind of difficulties that the couple are having that they want to work on, and then we develop a formulation of how things have got stuck. So working out what each partner’s contributing, the problematic communications patterns that the couple has got into, and then we create a safe enough space in the therapy room that the couple can try and connect with. Some of the underlying needs and feelings and intentions that might have got a little bit hidden in the way that the couple are relating and responding to each other, and by actually reconnecting with feelings and needs, we find that couples can start to have really different kinds of conversations, and can rekindle some of the safety, the security, the love, and the connectedness that got them together in the first place.