Enhance intimacy, improve communication, and develop emotional & erotic intelligence through ongoing couples therapy at the SHAW Center for Healing in Austin, Texas.
Irving Najman, MA LMFT CSAT
50 mins per week - standard
50-90 minute options available
Could Couples Therapy help your relationship?
Often couples are looking for connection, respect, love, and understanding from their partners…and instead they get:
Committing to couples therapy could help you and your loved one to:
So many couples experience hurt, disconnection and feeling as if the love has been lost in their relationship. Whether you feel as if you have “fallen out of love” or if something has happened to rupture your once safe relationship, you are in a spot that you need help. If you are reading this, you may be ready to reach out and heal your relationship. John Gottman’s research on couples therapy has found, on average, from the time couples first considers therapy to the time they actual follow through is 6 years! Oftentimes, it is too late. Don’t let this be your relationship. Just reach out, we can help you get the love you want and deserve.
I’m ready to reach out for help… What will that look like?
Couples Therapy at the SHAW Center begins with a Four Session Assessment Phase:
Theoretical Orientation for Couples Therapy at the SHAW Center
Couples therapy at the SHAW Center pulls from several different therapeutic modalities to fit your specific needs. We will work creatively as a team to figure out the best treatment approach for you, pulling techniques from The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).
The Gottman Method was devised by John Gottman, known as the “father of couples therapy”. The Gottman Method has the benefit of three decades of research and practice. The main goal of these techniques is to increase affection, closeness, and respect. The Gottman Method of couples therapy shows you how to build love maps, which helps you learn about your partner’s psychological world by mapping your partner’s worries, stresses, joys, hopes, and history. Fondness and admiration are strengthened by expressing respect and appreciation for each other.
Techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) are also utilized. This method, developed by Dr. Susan Johnson, is also one of the most evidenced based therapeutic methodologies to use with couples. It has been found to move 70-75% of relationships from a troubled state to a state of recovery. Significant improvement has been realized for 90% of couples using this therapy.
EFT has three main goals:
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In REBT, negative beliefs are flushed out, discussed and targeted for change. Some of these irrational negative beliefs such as; all or nothing thinking, catastrophizing, or overgenalizatizing. These cognitive distortions that arise in a relationship can lead to poor communication, anger, and resentment. REBT paves the way to learn effective communication skills, negotiation skills, and problem solving. This, in turn, helps improve the satisfaction and stability of the relationship.
Myths about Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy is NOT: