Methods for Couples and Marriage Counseling
There exists a wide variety of strategies and methods in Couple and Marriage Counseling. Some of the most common are:
- Narrative Therapy Helps with the externalization of problems and communication issues through the techniques developed by Michael White. In this approach, “people are not the problem, the problem is the problem”.
- Internal Family System Internal Family System – This approach works under the assumption that the person cannot be understood outside the Family unit. Because of this, during therapy, the couple will get to know each other better and find the origin of their problems by understanding each other’s ‘parts’.
- Positive Psychology This is based in the importance of the here and now, and how to appreciate the good and happy experiences in the present, instead of just looking at past experiences.
- Gottman Method This combines individual and couples sessions. It is focused on strengthening the relationship in three areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning.
- Imago Therapy Helping couples uncover and keep the love they began with.
Cultural Differences in Cross-Cultural Couples
In a relationships where both members come from the same country, communication problems are common. The meanings of words and their use are not always the same for everyone, even within the same community. Likewise, the new couple must get used to differences in ideas, customs, and lifestyles when they begin to live together.This process is difficult for couples from the same culture, but it is a very different challenge for couples who come from different cultures and countries.At Tokyo Mental Health, we provide special attention to cross-cultural couples, where a trained therapist will support the couple in the development of better communication strategies, respect, and tolerance techniques. In a cross-cultural relationship, it is especially important to take into account what the couple has in common, while respecting the differences.