Contemporary psychoanalytic approaches can be effective in couples therapy by helping couples gain insight into their unconscious patterns of behavior and emotional responses, and by exploring the underlying emotional conflicts that may be contributing to relationship difficulties.

In couples therapy, the therapist works with both partners to understand the dynamics of their relationship and to identify the unconscious emotional conflicts that may be driving negative patterns of behavior. Through the process of free association, transference, and interpretation, the therapist can help the couple understand how their past experiences, emotional conflicts, and unconscious fears and desires may be affecting their current relationship.

The therapist can also help the couple develop more effective communication skills, improve their emotional regulation and coping strategies, and resolve conflicts in a constructive manner. By gaining insight into their unconscious patterns of behavior and resolving emotional conflicts, couples can improve their emotional and physical intimacy, increase their overall satisfaction with their relationship, and build a stronger, more resilient bond.

It’s important to note that contemporary psychoanalytic couples therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and the therapist will work with the couple to tailor the therapy to meet their specific needs and goals. The therapy process may take several months or even years, but it can be a very effective way to improve the health and well-being of a relationship.

Please visit Tamara Lipton, LMFT for more information about our couples therapy services.


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