Soileau Partners Psychotherapy - Kansas City, MO
"A couples relationship rests not only on conscious compatability of cultural, personal, and sexual ideals, but also on complementarity of repressed parts of each personality where unconscious communication determines the quality of the couple's intimacy and capacity for sustained emotional and sexual closeness over time.
Intimacy is not only a feature of long-term relationships. It is a function of the amount of unconscious communication between people in any situation that supports it.
Problems within intimacy shows up when a courting couple, enjoying a sense of closeness, make a commitment to each other, only to find that this is the moment of withdrawal for one or both. The withdrawal is not actual seperation and breakup of the courting couple, but that of partial withdrawal into the self, a retreat from intimacy that is occasioned by the sudden finding of new and unwelcome features in the partner, characteristics that have burgeoned inexplicably.
Marital therapy recognizes that self and other are inextricably intertwined. Furthermore, the marital relationship and the sexual functioning of the couple are closely connected."
-David E. Scharff, M.D. & Jill Savege Scharff, M.D.
During treatment, the couple will gain insight into the relational dynamics creating struggles and the therapist helps to uncover and talk through both individuals roles in the unhealthy interactions. This greater insight on relationship challenges and distress will help the individuals within the relationship to change the way they perceive the relationship and each other.
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