Couple's Therapy


In couple's therapy, I see my role as walking alongside you and your partner as we deconstruct a pattern of conflict that usually ends in frustration and disconnection.  Once we understand how this pattern leaves us stuck, we can then create a new pattern of communicating that leaves you closer and more connected.

Why couple's therapy?

Have you ever noticed how you and your partner get in the same kind of argument over and over again?  The topic you're fighting about may be different each time, but generally the fight goes the same way.  And you find yourselves going around and around, and not quite sure how to get off this awful merry-go-round.

 

I believe that couples get stuck in the same negative patterns because they believe their relationship is threatened, and partners are actually doing everything they know how to prevent a relationship crisis, failure or break-up.  This philosophy comes from my commitment to a particular model of couple's therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and I use EFT because this model:

  • explains why couples get stuck in the same patterns over and over again
  • helps us understand the emotions and needs that fuel this negative pattern
  • doesn't judge, shame or criticize; instead, it highlights hope and offers compassion
  • gives couples a new way to connect in deep, meaningful ways

Where do we start?

When I start working with you and your partner, I like to spend a few sessions getting to know you both.

 

To start, I will meet with both of you in our initial session.  I like to share about the therapy process and the Emotionally Focused Therapy model.  I also want to learn more about your relationship history and what prompted you to reach out to me for therapy support.

 

After our first session, I will meet with each of you individually.  I like to schedule an individual session with each of you to spend more time getting to know you and your hopes for your relationship.  I also find it helpful to learn about your family background and personal history, because these factors play an important role in our couple's therapy.

 

Finally, we will all meet back together.  I will share my thoughts and reflections about why you find yourselves stuck in your negative patterns, and I will offer my suggestions and recommendations about how we can move forward in therapy.

 

Do we need couple's therapy?

Here are some of the most common challenges that bring couples to me for couple's therapy:

  • Pre-marital/pre-engagement counseling
  • Infidelity (Physical and/or emotional)
  • Discernment about divorce/separation/ending the relationship
  • Navigating transitions (New baby, children leaving home, etc.)
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Addiction and recovery
  • Communication difficulties
  • Disconnection in the relationship (physical/emotional/sexual)

Come in- how can I help?

Some different options about where we can start

Couple's Therapy

 

Understanding why we are disconnected and alone, and creating new ways of being with each other

Individual Therapy

 

Letting go of what needs to be released and discovering what needs to be found

Family Therapy

 

Learning new ways to care for family, and for kids and teens to share with their parents

 

Play Therapy

 

Helping kids explore and put words to their own world



sit and stay a while

Some thoughts I share on the "Rooted + Grounded" blog

 

 

Looking Back + Moving Forward

 

 

A helpful tool to reflect on 2020

and find hope for 2021


in the neighborhood

Some helpful resources in the nearby and virtual community

Taking Care of Yourself

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

 

 "This fact sheet offers caregivers a list of ideas for self-care strategies to use after a difficult event. This checklist outlines the three basics aspects of self-care including awareness, balance, and connection." 


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(LMFT#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com