Marriage, Couples, & Relationship Counseling Resources

Kansas City Psychotherapy Counseling Services – Marriage Counseling Relationship Resources

Couples or Marriage Counseling, also known as Relationship Counseling to include alternative relationships, is an approach where all members in the family unit are given equal consideration.  With this approach to counseling, the couple is viewed as a single entity, where both sides are able to share their concerns and struggles in the relationship.  Because of this, there is a “no secrets” policy that counselors must adhere to, as it is in your best interest that a counselor helps the two of you learn how to communicate and share specific concerns.

Couples counseling is not typically covered by any insurance policy and oftentimes costs more than an individual counseling session.  However, Kansas City Psychotherapy offers marriage counseling and couples counseling at the same cost as individual counseling.

Good relationships don’t just happen, they require engagement and continual growth-fostering interactions.  Like any other skill, the suggestions provided here require practice and effort until they will eventually become second nature.  Positive Psychology involves helping you develop better coping skills.  Below are some of Kansas City Psychotherapy’s favorite videos, articles, and websites.  Check back often, as we update these regularly.

Marriage Counseling Authors and Videos of Interest:

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships…https://www.ted.com/talks/esther_perel_rethinking_infidelity_a_talk_for_anyone_who_has_ever_loved?language=en

Certain negative communication styles are so lethal to a relationship that Dr. John Gottman calls them the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They predict relationship failure with over 90% accuracy if the behavior isn’t changed. So, what can you do?  Practice these four research-based antidotes to save your relationship from certain destruction…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o30Ps-_8is

Dr. Gottman discussed four negative patterns in a relationship, including criticism and contempt with Anderson Cooper.  Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling.  Dr. Gottman talks about how experiencing Contempt can not only impact the relationship, but can also impact an individual’s immune system….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJDN3PKZ1KE

Technology & Relationships.  Sherry Turkle’s latest book, Alone Together, started a national conversation about how technology is silencing this generation.  As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have…http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

Relationships and Positive Psychology.  Martin Seligman founded the field of positive psychology in 2000, and has devoted his career since then to furthering the study of positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRdqR6d-wCU

On-Line Marriage Counseling (Couples Counseling) Resources:

ONLINE Marriage Counseling ASSESSMENTS:

Relationship Attachment Style Test – http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=3265

What do you Look for in Relationships Assessment – http://www.personalityassessor.com/relationshipwants/

Personality Type Assessment – https://www.16personalities.com/

Close Relationship Personality Test – http://www.personalitylab.org/tests/ecrr_self_v3.htm

ONLINE Marriage Counseling RESOURCES:

Relationship Resources – Psychology Today – https://www.psychologytoday.com/topics/relationships

How to Communicate Better – http://au.reachout.com/Factsheets/T/Tips-for-communicating

How to Forgive Someone – http://au.reachout.com/Factsheets/H/How-to-forgive-someone

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