Collaborative Couple Therapy

Collaborative Couple Therapy, developed by Daniel Wile, Ph.D., is a therapeutic approach that takes the couple’s immediate concern (usually a fight or a period of withdrawing from each other) and tries to turn it into an intimate conversation. A therapist practicing Collaborative Couple Therapy will, at times, speak for one or both partners in an effort to show them what it would sound like if they were having an intimate and productive conversation rather than the fight or withdrawal they are experiencing.

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Fighting and withdrawing are inevitable in a relationship. However, partners can learn tools to work through the damage they create; turning opposition into opportunities. In couples therapy, I reframe conflict for partners, transforming fighting or withdrawing into productive conversations. These conversations help to illuminate a healthy direction for the partnership.

Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT) starts from the belief that problems in relationship are also opportunities for increasing intimacy and connection through understanding & communicating the deeper truth of your feelings, beneath anger/defensiveness, with your partner. I have 60+ hours of CCT training with its originator, Dan Wile, whom John Gottman calls 'the greatest living marital therapist.'

Collaborative Couples Therapy addresses your goals...you guessed it, as a couple. While the outcomes may be different for you both, collaborative couples therapy shifts from compromising outcomes involving sacrifices and losses to ways in which you both can get what you want in your relationship with each other.

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