Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy with Texas Care

It was our goal at Texas Care to provide Counseling and Coaching services to worldwide and we have met that goal. Providing licensed based therapeutic services in the state of Texas and coaching services worldwide, Texas Care aims to  1.  to resolve problems and 2. to find better ways of communication between a couple. Although our professionals might see one or other of the couple alone at some point during the therapy period, generally both  will be present in each therapy session after an intensive couples therapy program is completed.

Short-term counselling may be for between one and three sessions whereas long-term couples therapy may be for between 12 and 24 sessions. Couples therapy is more about seemingly intractable problems within a relationship history, where the aim is to deal with damaging emotions and long-standing ways of relating. Clients may be given homework or tasks, such as conversation topics, to complete between regular sessions.

While many therapists will agree to see couples, actual couples therapists have been specifically trained in working with this dynamic. It is an unusual balance, where the therapist must be trusted by both members of the couple.

We have designed our Intensive Couples Therapy to be a shot in the arm of your relationship and a transformative experience that turns things around in a way you have only dreamed possible. More often than not,  healing the problems in your relationship require more than the typical 50-minute session every week. Intensive Couples Therapy happens over 2 -3 days, two hours a day (one hour for each individual), and has been shown to calm conflictual interactions, build healthy patterns of communication, and jump-start relational change. Couple Intensives can help build healthy conflict resolution skills, increase communication, deepen emotional intimacy, and help couples begin to move past unresolved hurts and resentments. You will leave feeling connected, together, and hopeful for change.

Your licensed Texas Care specialists will guide you through the process of one couples therapy session followed by one-on-one meetings to understand each of your perspectives. They will then conduct in-depth assessments to see clearly where you each are getting stuck. They will then walk you through your intensive therapy, combining practical strategies with a personalized action plan to get you moving, repeating this process for four consecutive weeks.

Couples Therapy Intensive

1-Couples Session  2-Individual Sessions 1 Reconnect Session 

We have designed our  4 to 6 week Couples Therapy Intensive to be a shot in the arm of your relationship and a transformative experience that turns things around in a way you have only dreamed possible. More often than not,  healing the problems in your relationship require more than the typical 50-minute session every week. Intensive Couples Therapy happens over 2 -3 days, two hours a day (one hour for each individual), and has been shown to calm conflictual interactions, build healthy patterns of communication, and jump-start relational change. Couple Intensives can help build healthy conflict resolution skills, increase communication, deepen emotional intimacy, and help couples begin to move past unresolved hurts and resentments. You will leave feeling connected, together, and hopeful for change.

Your licensed Texas Care specialists will guide you through the process of one couples therapy session followed by one-on-one meetings to understand each of your perspectives. They will then conduct in-depth assessments to see clearly where you each are getting stuck. They will then walk you through your intensive therapy, combining practical strategies with a personalized action plan to get you moving, repeating this process for four consecutive weeks.

The common concerns addressed can be a collection of the following:

  • communication,
  • infidelity,
  • sexuality and intimacy issues,
  • financial pressures,
  • blended families,
  • children, and
  • career conflicts
  • past hurt and resentmentsAs well concerns not listed that are unique to you and your partner. Our Texas Care team will also gather information on your in-network and out-of-network benefits or provide a superbill or cash pay option, Most insurance premiums do allow for couples counseling to be provided as long as the couple has been assessed individually.

As well concerns not listed that are unique to you and your partner. Our Texas Care team will also gather information on your in-network and out-of-network benefits or provide a superbill or cash pay option, Most insurance premiums do allow for couples counseling to be provided as long as the couple has been assessed individually.

Who benefits from couples therapy?

Couples therapy is often perceived as difficult and embarrassing for clients, but having a neutral person assess the situation and give advice on how it could change can be enormously helpful to a couple. People decide to seek counselling for a number of reasons: there may be a change in their situation, such as a betrayal, loss of job, birth of a child, bereavement, that has unsettled them.

For others, long-term differences may have come to a head. These might include: communication problems, intimacy and sexual issues, family difficulties, complications of re-constituted families, past abuse, body image, and troubles that one or both partners may be dealing with, which inevitably affects them both. The couple may be considering separation or divorce.

Members of a couple each come from their own family and cultural background, which heavily influences who they are. They may be highly vulnerable, angry, have poor self-esteem and many other aspects of being human. What is called the dynamic between the couple is based on who they each are from the past and into the present.

Because coaching is largely unregulated, as a licensed therapist offering coaching in any state, we may be held to the laws, rules, and ethics of our profession. Texas Care believes it is essential that we follow state laws and rules pertaining to your license when working with coaching clients. Kaplan explains

Professional counselors at Texas Care who offer coaching services understand that, legally, they are still practicing counselors/therapists. Due to limitations in national licensing and Texas Care’s international scope of practice, a team member may be licensed in one state nut not in your own. Be aware that our licensing boards do not necessarily differentiate between counseling and coaching activities. Regardless of state licensing requirements we view your coaching as falling under their scope of practice. Therefore, we fulfill all mandated state licensing requirements — for example, obtaining informed consent, reporting child or elder abuse, etc. — with our coaching clients just as we do with our counseling clients.

Out-of-State and International Residents:

In order to ethically offer coaching as a licensed therapist, we must:

  • Treat coaching clients as therapy clients, and abide by all state laws and rules governing our license, including but not limited to mandated reporting, dual relationships, and record keeping.
  • Offer coaching under a business separate from our therapy business (Center for Integrative Therapy DBA SexBecause)
  • Educate clients and potential clients about the limits of coaching as a service, and how we will proceed if it becomes clear that they need in-clinic therapy.

Close relationships are renowned for triggering old patterns of fear, passivity, rage or anxiety. Each of them will have a template, often unconscious, about what makes a relationship good or bad. This is based on their family of origin, both as a couple and as parents. Their individual templates may well be the opposite of each other's, or they could be quite similar.

Couples therapists seek to engage their clients in a variety of ways, to help to understand many issues. As therapist Priya Tourkow wrote on the site, they are looking to answer many questions:

  • How do they communicate with each other? Do they listen or interrupt one another?
  • How do they organize the practicalities of life together? Is one doing most of the tasks?
  • Can they tell each other what they are feeling, or do they project onto the other one?
  • Do they openly appreciate one another or are they over-critical?
  • Are they made up of two adults or is one more of a “parent” and the other the “child?”
  • Are they affectionate with one another? 
  • Are they empathetic, kind, caring, supportive and basically interested in one another?
  • What happens when they disagree?
  • Is one of them a “victim” and the other a “persecutor?”
  • Are they able to talk openly about intimacy and sex?

For more information on Couples Therapy or other Texas Care services, feel free to call 888-98TODAY and an Intake Coordinator will be happy to take your call and direct you to the appropriate department. Visit our FAQ page for more information on how Telehealth, Telemedicine, and TeleBehavioral Health can work for you.

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