Happy Apple® therapists specialize in couples therapy. We draw upon evidence-backed techniques, such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), CBT, and the Gottmann method. Many couples come to us to help them improve communication and the skills needed to deepen their connection. We often assist couples in working through past wounds and enhancing or repairing trust. With all couples, we help bolster the "relationship basics", so they can enjoy their relationship for years to come.
If you're interested in a free consultation with one or more of our relationship specialists, please reach out. We'd also be happy to make a recommendation based on your particular goals and needs.
Couples sessions are available weekdays and weekends, including evenings, both in our Columbus Circle/Midtown office, as well as online.
Couples concerns are relationship-specific issues many couples face while navigating life in a partnership. Relationship challenges arise for many reasons, including life stressors, transitions, losses, communication difficulties, or contrasting values or life goals.
Some of the most common partnership concerns that drive couples to seek counseling as a team include:
Happy Apple® specializes in various evidence-based couples therapy strategies that are known to improve couple communication and connection. Depending on your primary concerns, mental health histories, and personal preferences, you might benefit from common techniques such as the following.
EFT derives from attachment theory and helps couples identify and eliminate unwanted relational dynamics. Following EFT, partners are better able to minimize and resolve conflict efficiently. Partners report that EFT helps them learn how to get themselves understood and respond to one another's wants and needs more effectively. Ultimately, EFT deepens emotional bonds and give couples the skills needed to work through challenges and stay connected.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
IFS helps partners recognize the various "parts" of themselves and each other, and understand the role of each part. Understanding these parts leads to greater empathy and reduced reactivity. IFS encourages partners to approach each other without judgement, which allow for deeper connection and healing.
The Gottman Method
The Gottman Method is derived from 40 years of research and aims to deepen connection and understanding. It also seeks to reduce problematic communication; boost intimacy, respect, and affection; and foster empathy between partners.