Couples and Family therapy are offered independent of or in conjunction with other programming offered at our office. For example, some members of our adult DBT program also take part in couples therapy with their partner.
Family therapy moves the focus away from any one individual to examine and improve the communication and relationships occurring between family members. Depending on the areas in which families want help, we utilize a variety of evidence-based family treatments such as structural family therapy. While family therapy treatments can differ in their focus and the skills they foster, they share several central tenets: people's shared context organizes their behavior, family systems have innate resiliency, and identifying and activating families' core strengths can lead to profound changes that improve the wellbeing of both the family as a whole and each of its members.
Couples Therapy & Pre-Marital Counseling
Relationships can be challenging and stressful at times, and many couples benefit from engaging in couple therapy. Couples seek couple therapy for a variety of reasons such as communication difficulties, high conflict, difficulties navigating relationship transitions, feeling distant, lack of intimacy, and infidelity. Couples also seek treatment to learn how to better support a partner with mental health concerns. We utilize evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Couples, Enhanced CBT for Couples, Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for high conflict couples. These approaches utilize acceptance and change strategies to help couples better understand their partner, demonstrate greater emotional acceptance of their partner, and change ineffective thought and behavioral patterns.
We also provide pre-marital and enrichment therapy for couples seeking a prevention approach to relationship difficulties. This approach helps couples develop and improve skills to most effectively navigate their relationship and maintain relationship satisfaction.
Family Skills Classes
Parents of Adolescents with Eating Disorders:
As part of our FBT programming, we offer a FBT Parent Training and Skills Class. The class is required for the first 8 weeks of treatment in FBT and is from 5pm-6pm on Wednesday. Skills class is free of charge. This class is open to the community
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Friends and Family Skills Class:
This class is for friends and family members of those in DBT treatment. Class is Tuesday from 6-7 pm (every other week). The class is open to the community or anyone interested in DBT. The class includes topics such as
- Learning the Biosocial Model of DBT
Education about DBT theories and targets
Applying validation skills
Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance & Emotion Regulation skills
Learning to effectively manage family environments (including crisis)
Observing and setting your own limits and boundaries
- Using the language of DBT in all relevant contexts