The only difference between working with couples and individuals is that I am more directive with couples. It doesn’t make sense to let you fight the same old fight in my office; it’s a waste of your time and money. I teach couples more effective communication skills to practice in the office with me and then use at home. I also give homework tasks, depending upon what challenges the couple face in their daily lives. When repetitive fights keep happening, then we examine earlier childhood relationships to understand what types of relationship “models” you both have brought into their current one. Sometimes if there is relational trauma, we might use EMDR or Brainspotting to process and release this.
A great resource for couples can be found at: http://www.alabamamarriage.org/