Couples & Families

Our couples and families program is based on the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, but is not a comprehensive DBT program. It is intended for those who have challenges in their relationships, but who are otherwise functioning at a high level (for example, not suicidal or engaging in self-harm). If one or more of the individuals struggles broadly with emotion dysregulation or impulsive behaviors, we ask that you consider our adult comprehensive DBT program, as it would better suit your needs and also allows for couples and family sessions as needed.

In this program, we apply the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help high-conflict couples and families decrease destructive conflict and find more peace and intimacy in their relationships. A large emphasis is on developing effective emotion regulation and communication skills, including clear and tactful assertiveness combined with validation. These strategies help couples and families address toxic communication, reactive anger, and long-standing feelings of hurt and resentment. We use scientifically-established strategies to reduce emotional sensitivities that lead to conflict behaviors.

Principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for high-conflict couples and families to find more peace and intimacy in their relationships.

Program Components for Couples & Families

Focused on solving and coping with relationship conflict on a weekly basis. Couples bring this completed questionnaire to each session.

Help with applying the skills when difficulties with your partner or family member arise between sessions.

Preparing for Therapy

Please fill out our inquiry form to request help at DBTCSD. We will contact you within 1-2 business days to discuss your needs and schedule your first session.

Please read and complete the following forms prior to your first session. These forms and questionnaires are necessary for us to begin therapy with you. Filling them out ahead of time will allow us to start your therapy more quickly. If you prefer, you may arrive early and complete these forms in our waiting room or during your first session. Also, purchase the needed books.

For each partner or family member:

For the parents of teen clients and for couples therapy:

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