Welcome to The Academy For Couples Therapists

In this first month of the subscription you will hear two audios:

Module 1 session audio of a first session with a high conflict couple, and Module 1 audio about the identity of a couples therapist. You can also read a summary of Module 1 audio on a PDF.

Module One

Module One Session with a High Conflict Couple

The audio you’re about to hear is a first session with a high-conflict couple. They’ve been married for 8 years, and have two young children. Prior to meeting with me, they filled out a questionnaire in which they stated that they are fighting quite a bit, and recently a neighbor called the police.

My primary goals in this first session are to assess their awareness of their own contribution to the fights, see if they’re each motivated to make some changes to their own approach to conflicts, and help them devise some strategies to contain the fights. I’m also introducing how I will function as the leader of our sessions, and get consent for me to interrupt them in order to keep the session on track, and enable them to have a different experience in therapy from what’s happening at home. I also help to set expectations so that they won’t be too demoralized by the difficulty they’ll likely experience when first trying out their new strategies at home.

With a high-conflict couple, establishing leadership early, and working with them to stabilize and learn to down-regulate themselves will be critical to the ongoing work. Until we’ve created some stability, they likely won’t feel safe enough to do deeper work.

 Lesson One Audio

 Lesson One Framework
Your Identity of a Couples Therapist PDF

Zoom Meeting Replay