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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Kate McNulty

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Collaborative Couples Therapy helps couples learn to attend to one another's natural emotional reactions with empathy and compassion, rather than becoming adversarial with each other. I have studied intensively with Dan WIle, who developed this method and who john Gottman, a renowned researcher in this field, has called 'our greatest living marital therapist.'

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Douglas Johns (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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 and defensiveness, with your partner. I have 66+ hours of CCT training with its originator, Dan Wile, whom John Gottman has called a "genius" and "the greatest living marital therapist."

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Kelly Washam (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate


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Andrew Elmore, MSW,CSWA

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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