Couples Counseling in
Baltimore & Rockville
Relationships can be the source of our deepest feelings of safety, security and love and can also be the source of our most profound pain. Building the relationship you want can be rewarding and often takes work and guidance.
The Center for Intimacy, Connection and Change (CICC) is here for you. We offer couples counseling in our Baltimore and Rockville offices and throughout Maryland with telehealth.
Our counselors will help you create meaningful and lasting change by addressing the underlying patterns that keep you fighting and prevent connection. Learn how to communicate without criticism and defensiveness and foster meaningful connection for you and your partner.
With Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists (EFT), the Center for Intimacy Connection and Change provides couples counseling to help manage and resolve conflict about:
Common Questions About Couples Therapy
Couples counseling is a form of talk therapy that focuses on helping people improve their relationships. In this form of therapy, the relationship is the client and not the individual. Your couples therapist will work with both you and your partner to address the contributions that each of you make to the relationship dynamics and negative cycles.
Your therapist will help each of you understand and address your role in maintaining relationship distress. In couples counseling both partners are assumed to have equal contribution to problems and equal responsibility for repair. Couples counseling should not be an opportunity to critique and criticize your partner.
No. Marriage counseling or marriage therapy is just another way of saying relationship counseling. The need for secure and safe connection does not start at the wedding ceremony. Human beings are wired for connectivity and when connection is threatened by the people closest to them, they can experience anger, distress, fear, loneliness, sadness, depression and anxiety.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to couples, marriage and relationship therapists, and understanding the differences can be confusing. Your therapist should be a licensed psychologist, social worker, professional counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist.
A couples therapist should have specific expertise and training in working with couples. You should ask your therapist what their approach is and if they can provide you with information about it.
The Center for Intimacy, Connection and Change has licensed clinical marriage and family therapists utilizing an evidence-based approach called emotionally focused couples therapy.
Couples therapy is dynamic much like your relationship and the length of couples therapy depends on the specifics of your situation and what your goals are. Goals range from conflict resolution, and improved communication to deeper connection and felt sense of security.
A couple should expect that an effective couples therapy process will span over 12-15 meetings at a minimum. Some couples choose modest goals and spend less time in therapy while others choose to ensure improvement and gains and continue to meet regularly over a more extended period of time.