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Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

We offer couples therapy for couples who need support in learning to improve their communication and increase connection in their relationship. The period of time right after having a baby and while children are young is incredibly stressful on a couple’s relationship. It’s a time when many couples feel disconnected and angry or resentful. It’s a period of change as each parent adjusts to parenting in their own way, sometimes inadvertently leaving the other parent behind or setting the relationship aside to focus on the new child. We believe that couples in this stage of life often benefit from support around creating a new shared vision for their relationship and family. It requires effort and intentional focus on the relationship to prevent the gradual drift apart that many couples experience after children are born.

Our
Process

The couples therapy process begins with both members of the couple coming together to create goals for the relationship and identify problematic communication patterns that have developed in the relationship. We will work together to identify your strengths as a couple and build on what drew you to each other in the first place. We will also practice respectful, positive communication and work to build up a “balance” of more positive interactions.

We will also discuss each person’s family of origin and the examples that you saw of relationships growing up. Most people have unconscious and unspoken beliefs and expectations about their partner and marriage. In the couples therapy process, we will work to uncover some of those beliefs and develop patterns that work for you in your relationship.

A Specialized Approach
for Parents

Because we work primarily with parents at Family Roots, we may also focus on differences in parenting styles and help parents find a “united front” in how to approach discipline and care for their children. This is a common area of conflict for new parents, and we find it beneficial to address these concerns as early as possible and learn to talk about the personal values and beliefs behind parenting styles.

At Family Roots, we are inclusive and supportive of all kinds of couples and families. Our therapists have experience treating LGBTQ couples and strive to be inclusive of diverse families and belief systems.

If you are struggling in your relationship and feel you and your partner or spouse could benefit from couples therapy, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

7346 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213