THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES
Couples run into difficulty because they get stuck in negative patterns of interaction that become rigid and take on a life of their own. Therapy for couples can help identify these patterns or cycles, and the emotions that lead each partner to approach and react to the other in ways that keep the cycle going. This understanding can then be used to help the partners avoid these cycles and find ways of relating that allow them to have a closer, more intimate connection.
I have experience working with straight, gay, and lesbian couples as well as cross-cultural couples—those where the partners are from different cultural backgrounds.
Sessions for couples are usually scheduled on a once-weekly basis, unless greater frequency is desired.
My approach to working with couples is rooted in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is a couples therapy that has substantial empirical support for its effectiveness. In research studies examining the impact of EFT on marital distress, 90% of couples have shown significant improvement. EFT emphasizes the importance of emotional engagement, secure attachment, and responsiveness between partners in healthy relationships. It helps couples develop these capacities and overcome negative, repetitive, and rigid patterns of interaction that prevent them from having a closer and more caring relationship. It enables partners to recognize and avoid getting stuck in these patterns, to have a deeper understanding of their own and each other’s feelings, and to find new ways of being with each other that facilitate a stronger bond and a more fulfilling connection.
Bruce Berman, Ph.D., Psychologist
211 West 56th St., Suite 34 D
New York, NY 10019
If you’re not sure you need therapy, you may want to schedule a consultation to discuss how or if it could help.
A consultation is also the best way to find out whether or not you would feel comfortable working with me as your therapist.
To schedule a consultation—or a regular appointment—feel free to call me at (212) 265-3594, or contact me via e-mail.
Bruce Berman, Psychologist