There are a variety of reasons a couple might choose to attend couples therapy.
A couple might need help improving their communication skills, work on eliminating negative relationship patterns, adjust to life together as empty nesters, need help repairing their relationship after an affair, or even tuning up an already good relationship.
Regardless of the reason you choose to attend couple's therapy, it's essential to choose a therapist that specializes in working with couples and has certifications within their area of specialty.
For example, Imago Therapists have undergone extensive training; their work has been recorded, monitored, and improved through a rigorous feedback process before they receive their certification. Therefore, you can be assured of an excellent skill set with a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist.
Good couples therapists are reliably safe, warm, and helpful in their approach and do not blame, shame, criticize, or take sides. Imago therapy meets couples where they are, using positive communication to coach couples into effective, deeply connecting, and healing conversations. Fundamentally, we believe healing happens in safe conversation.
In couples therapy, Imago identifies and works with relational patterns, dynamics, and reactivity. We help couples understand the root of relational pain and move toward healing. We believe strongly that growth and healing happen in a relationship, and we teach couples how through safe, connecting dialogues and exercises.
As you select and work with a good therapist, the focus will be on safety and trust. Developing a trusting relationship will allow you and your partner to open up in a deeper understanding of one another. A good therapist will coach your partner to hear and validate your concerns, ultimately healing the root of your pain.
Imago Therapists are skilled in working with couples conflict. We believe that conflict is growth trying to happen within the relationship. Conflict is inevitable and not to be feared in a relationship.
The bottom line - Be sure your potential therapist is well trained, well-credentialed, and specializes in couples' work. Just like you'll need a specialist for a life-threatening medical issue, you'll need to select a Licensed and Certified Couples Therapist.
This blog post was written by Jeannie Ingram, LPC-MHSP, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist.
Jeannie Ingram is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach, and Consultant. In her role as psychotherapist, she specializes in couples therapy as a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Getting the Love You Want Workshop Presenter. In workshops and in therapy, she helps couples move beyond destructive, painful arguing to improve communication, restore their connection, live and love in more positive, fulfilling, satisfying relationships.
Jeannie assists individuals who need help improving ineffective patterns or managing life transitions to find positive change or growth.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Jeannie helps couples reconnect in her private practice in Nashville, TN, and through her Getting the Love You Want and Start Right, Stay Connected Couples workshops in the Southeast.
She loves cooking, writing, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. Most of all, she is dedicated to helping couples and individuals find joy, meaning, success and connection through the practice of mindful, purposeful living and loving.