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Therapy Groups for Couples

I`d like to invite you to join my therapy group for couples

  • if you are looking for new ways to connect with your partner,
  • if your relationship is stuck in crises mode,
  • if you are facing important decisions (marriage, children, separation) and want to take time together to think it through

In a couple’s life crises and conflicts are almost inevitable. Often enough, they arise in situations that are typical and they show consistent patterns. Therefore, in therapy groups for couples we address the underlying issues, asking: why is this happening now- and what’s the real issue we’re dealing with? What do we have to do in order to solve our problems? How can we learn from this impasse and reconnect?

My motto is:  never waste a crisis – in fact use this crisis to learn about yourselves and about what you are willing to do at this moment to be happy with one another.

Realizing your potential as a couple

A second questions that gets asked in therapy groups for couples is: how can we prevent conflicts to escalate over and over, again and again? What are the dreams we share? How do we want to be with one another in the future? What was the vision we shared at the beginning? Why did we choose each other? What is he specific potential we have as a couple?

One further aim in therapy groups for couples is to explore every couple’s specific potential and finding ways of realizing it.

The concept

In therapy groups for couples, every couple gets an opportunity to define its own core conflict and specific goal. The concept I work with was developed by Hans Jellouschek and Margarete Kohaus-Jellouschek in the 1980ies. For over thirty years, this format has proven to be beneficial anId has helped innumerable couples.

In group therapy for couples, we alternate between intimate one-on-one conversations between partners, couples’ conversations in a group contest as well as short “lectures” and sharing in all-male and all-female context.

Working with couples usually means working in an emotional setting with high conflict intensity and tension. Therefore, I take great care in managing the ensuing group dynamic with awareness. All of the group sessions are very structured and the working atmosphere is constructive, benevolent and focused at all times.

My work is aimed at helping couples achieve their individual goals in group therapy. The group in itself has a valuable impact as it conveys positive and helpful feedback, each couple benefitting from the experience of everybody else in the room. Couples in group therapy get to experience positive assistance, reinforcement and solidarity often leading to meaningful conversations and exchange to friendship beyond the group meetings.

Structure

  • Therapy groups for couples take place over six sessions
  • Couples are requested to participate in all six sessions
  • Group meetings last for three hours and take place in the evenings, usually on Monday nights
  • The six group meetings are spread out over the course of nine weeks
  • Usually, a group is made up of six couples
  • Therapy groups for couples are helpful both for straight as well as for LGBT couples
  • Couples are asked to fill out a questionnaire before attending, an initial meeting is optional
  • After attending a therapy group, couples are free to book further individual sessions though most participants do not find that necessary
  • The group participants maintain absolute confidentiality about the group’s work

 


You are interested in a therapy group for couples?

Please enquire about free dates and download the questionnaire.  Fill it out and send it as a scan to bellabarba@paartherapie-coupletherapy.de .

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Questionnaire Therapy Groups for Couples (PDF)

“Have patience with the unresolved issues in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were locked rooms, or books written in a very foreign language. The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letter to a Young Poet“

 

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