WHO NEEDS RELATIONSHIP THERAPY?
Relationship therapy is beneficial for individuals of any age, culture or orientation; wither it a stable, individual, couple, or family member that wants to seek greater intimacy, attachment, security (i.e. financial, protection, and feeling expression), emotional, mental, and spiritual growth, or a distressed individual, couple, or family member dealing with issues of frequent conflict with intimacy, ,security (i.e. financial, protection, and feeling expression), emotional, mental, and spiritual growth, as well as detachment. Committed relationships require regular care and maintenance to prevent the build-up of unhealthy patterns, broken emotional and verbal communication styles, unresolved issues, and unhealthy attachments. Relationship therapy provides a safe and supportive space to explore emotions, resolve conflicts and differences, and improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhances secure connections with self, partner, and family members.
Integrated Gottman Method and Attachment–Based Therapy
I first start practising Relationship Therapy using the Gottman Method that aims to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection with hopes of heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship. However, it felt like those involved were learning how to share hurtful things but not quite getting to the root of their problems. That is when I decided to study integrating Attachment-Based Therapy. Attachment-Based therapy is a highly researched and effective therapeutic approach that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective relationships, and secure bonds. Integrating Gottman and Attachment therapy during relationship therapy brings to light painful and suppressed emotions, change negative communication patterns, identify attachment styles, and transform past injuries into positive insights to more towards healthy intimate bonds.