Couples therapy at Emily Cook Therapy will provide you with guidance and tools to improve your connection to your partner. Our couples therapists are specially trained to help couples repair and enrich their relationships. We understand the unique situations that couples can face. Couples therapy can help you resolve emotional and interpersonal struggles.
Our passion is working with couples in couples therapy who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives and relationships. Our Bethesda couples therapists have expertise helping dating, engaged, married, committed, and separating couples. Our practice is LGBTQ friendly.
Your couples therapist will make sure that therapy suits your unique relationship, couple style, and needs. We will talk about what you learned from the family you grew up in and from your past relationships, and explore how those experiences influence your present situation. Your couples therapist will help to highlight cycles in your current relationship and talk about how these patterns keep you ‘stuck’ in conflict and disconnection. We often encourage out-of-session practice so that the insights and skills you learn in the office help you build intimacy and trust at home. Frequently, we will refer to books that extend and deepen our discussion.
Sometimes, couples are not sure whether they’re ready for couples therapy. Discernment Counseling for couples on the brink of divorce provides greater clarity and confidence in decision making about the future of a marriage, based on a deeper understanding of what’s happened in the marriage.
Our couples therapists have experience helping couples improve many different issues and concerns in couples therapy. Here is a brief listing of the diverse topics we can help you with in couples therapy:
- adoption and blending families
- aging parents
- communication and conflict resolution
- coping with life changes, expected and unexpected
- cultural differences
- discernment counseling
- disconnection and loneliness
- divorce and separation decisions
- family conflict
- family-of-origin issues and childhood wounds resurfacing
- grief and loss
- infertility and pregnancy loss
- infidelity, affairs, and trust issues
- interracial couples and families
- LGBTQ couple and family issues
- loss of intimacy or connection
- military deployment and reunion
- pregnancy and new parenthood
- premarital counseling
- sexual issues and rebuilding passion
- stress arising from medical conditions and chronic illness
- trauma and abuse recovery
- work-life balance
Discernment Counseling: Couples on the Brink
Some couples seeking therapy do not have the same agenda: one partner is leaning into the marriage while one partner is leaning out of it. Discernment Counseling is short-term, focuses on making a decision about the relationship, and is not considered couples therapy. It’s intended for couples where at least one person isn’t sure if they want to stay together or work on improving the relationship in couples therapy. The goal of discernment counseling is greater clarity and confidence in the decision about the future of the marriage based on a deeper understanding of what’s happened to the marriage. Visit our discernment counseling webpage to learn more.