When a partner, child, friend, or parent is diagnosed with an illness, a couple’s relationship is often impacted dramatically. One person may take on the duties of care-giving, while the other is processing a new diagnosis. Or perhaps you are dealing with caring for an elderly parent or a chronically ill child and it is leaving less time for your relationship. These circumstances can lead to issues with intimacy, communication, distribution of household labor, and finances. Couples therapy for chronic illness allows couples to find their new normal as a unit and learn new skills to work together.
The therapeutic process is often focused on:
You and your partner will learn how to manage an illness and caregiver duties, while having a fulfilling and positive relationship. I practice Gottman Method couple’s therapy and provide couple’s with a structured, reliable form of treatment and assessment. This type of therapy aims to increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understandings, and to keep conflict discussions calm. We will work together to help you build a happy and stable relationship.
Could you benefit from couples therapy for chronic illness? Set up a free, 15 minute phone consult with Whitney.