Integral Therapy for Couples
A Holistic Approach
Integral Therapy for Couples is a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of your relationship as well as who you are as individuals. By synthesizing practices from Western schools of psychology with Eastern spiritual traditions, this couples therapy can nourish the whole person -- mind, body, heart, and spirit -- all the while developing a more loving and connected relationship.
Listening to You and Your Relationship
To ensure that both of you feel safe and understood, it is essential that I deeply listen in order to fully understand your unique relationship dynamic as well as who you are as individuals. Deep listening, on my part, also makes way for treatment that is tailored to you and the specific needs of your relationship.
Exploring the Past to Empower the Present
Together, we can safely explore negative experiences from both of your pasts that shape beliefs and behaviors in the present. Similarly, we can investigate the relationship dynamics that were modeled by your families of origin, enabling greater compassion for yourself and your partner. With newfound understanding, couples can become inspired to develop healthier dynamics that are more in alignment with their values.
Healing through Loving Relationship
With my guidance, your interactions can be slowed down in order to deeply listen to your partner/spouse and better clarify your deeper feelings and needs. When we communicate with authenticity and compassion, greater levels of love and intimacy begin to flourish and old attachment wounds can be healed. As a result, both of you can become empowered to show love in ways the other can take in. More than just understanding, healing can be a felt experience.
Accessing Your Authentic Self In Relationship
Mindfulness meditation, somatic/body awareness, breathing practices, and working with your internal parts/ego states can be useful adjuncts to traditional couples counseling. By developing awareness of the body as a gateway to the here and now, both of you can learn to tolerate and soothe painful emotions and connect to your essential selves. These skills are particularly important in relationship since the more you are connected to yourself and your deeper needs, the easier it will be to freely give and receive love.
Integral Therapy for Couples is helpful for:
- Communicating with honesty and respect
- Making conflict curative and connective
- Learning how to give and receive love
- Healing attachment wounds
- Creating shared meaning
- Navigating life transitions
- Regaining trust after infidelity
- Building emotional intimacy
- Increasing sexual intimacy