Chronic Illness and Caregivers 

Couple’s Therapy for Caregivers and Chronic Illness

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.

How can chronic illness couples therapy help?

The therapeutic process is often focused on:

  • creating new communication patterns
  • processing emotional reactions to the illness
  • developing both togetherness and independence in the relationship
  • learning how to utilize your own internal strengths and resources to address interpersonal problems or medical complications.

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.