Couples Therapy in New York City
If you are married or if you have been in a relationship for several years, you know that every good couple has their ups and downs. No partnership is perfect, and as we grow and evolve, there are bound to be challenges that we face as individuals and with those we love.
When you and your partner are facing a conflict, if your relationship has changed, or if you don’t feel as connected as you used to, this doesn’t have to be the end of something great. Couples therapy is a great option, and Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is the best choice in New York City.
To set up a preliminary consultation today, reach our office at (212) 721-8910.
What to Expect in Couples Therapy
Couples therapy is a place couples can go to gain perspective and learn how to improve their relationship. When both individuals approach therapy with an open mind, couples therapy can teach struggling couples how to love again. The approach we use focuses on listening to the couple’s needs and asking questions about the relationship. Both initial elements are essential for getting to know the couple and finding the root problems. Effective couples therapy takes an objective look at the relationship and helps couples locate the real issues hidden beneath the inter-relational frustrations.
Miscommunication is at the root of many relationship problems. Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is here to help couples see their love in a new way and provide effective communication strategies. Not only will you learn how to effectively express your emotions to your partner, but you’ll also learn how to engage in active listening. We are here to help you fix your relationship, but the skills you develop will be rewarding in many facets of your life. Whether it is your relationship with family, friends, or colleagues, you’ll learn a great wealth of knowledge at our sessions that will contribute to your emotional well-being. If you think you could benefit from couples therapy or learn more about our approach, please contact us today.
Healing Your Relationship Starts Here
Many people having relationship problems do not want to attend couples therapy. Couples therapy does help people heal their relationship, but it requires the willful participation of a couple dedicated to improving their love life. Chances are, if you are looking at signing up for couples therapy, you have a good chance of improving your relationship because even the preliminary step of seeking out help shows you care.
As you begin to attend the sessions, you will notice that you will be doing a lot of the talking. Discussing complex subjects in a safe environment is a large part of the service. When in the therapeutic setting, you'll see that instead of devolving into a shouting match, we will discuss issues with articulation and thoughtfulness. Robin Bryant, Ph.D. will guide conversations by using evidence-backed therapeutic strategies. All of which are designed to help couples locate their problems and communicate about them better.
Signs of Relationship Breakdown
It is not uncommon for couples to take on conflict without the assistance of a certified couples therapist. While attempting to work through conflict is an excellent first step, it could be time to seek outside help if you notice little to no signs of improvement. Neglecting to resolve issues or putting them on the back burner often leads to increased negativity among one or both partners, particularly if someone's needs are being neglected. The unfortunate truth is that this often leads to relationship breakdown, causing further disconnect between the couple. If you suspect your relationship is in the midst of a breakdown, here is a list of the more pronounced early warning signs:
- You spend less time together doing couple-relevant activities
- One or both partners spend a significant amount of time on activities outside the relationship
- You have routine arguments about the same issues
- One of both partners constantly feels dissatisfied and unfulfilled
- One of more partners has had intimate relationships outside of the relationship
- Very little communication goes on when you're together and you've become accustomed to silence
It is important to recognize that while these behaviors can indicate relationship breakdown, the best way to assess them is with a couples therapist.
Without the appropriate approach to resolving these issues, it may trigger the start of a lonely journey. At Robin Bryant, Ph.D., our team of qualified therapists is skilled at working with couples to find solutions to the challenges they face. We do this by taking a compassionate approach in working to restore healthy communication, which is fundamental for any relationship to thrive.
Call today to schedule an appointment!
A Qualified Therapist, Dedicated to Helping Clients
As a trained couples therapist, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is interested in the betterment of your relationship. It takes many years of rigorous research, coursework, supervision, and continuous education to provide effective couples therapy. It takes a lot of work to become a family therapist, and we have many years of experience behind us. We offer couples therapy because we are committed to helping couples achieve positive change in their lives. No matter the stage of your relationship, there is always room for improvement. Let Robin Bryant, Ph.D. help you find what that looks like for you and your loved one.
Evidence-Based Adaptable Approaches for Effective Change
We provide therapy that utilizes both emotional and behavioral approaches backed by evidence and are proven to provide effective and lasting change by providing couples with new ways to look at their relationship and communicate.
Relationship Therapy for Every Couple
The beautiful thing about love and partnership is that every pair and every relationship is unique. We know couples feel the pressure to be perfect, but the reality is that sharing your life with someone can be messy. Getting along and seeing eye to eye 100% of the time is very rare.
When you seek out counseling from Robin Bryant, Ph.D., we will meet you and your partner at your location of choice. We will take the time to understand the challenges you are facing and discuss what elements of your relationship are not living up to your expectations.
Our goal is to help both members of the partnership create a union that is enriching and beneficial to their needs, and often communication is a big part of that.
Couples Therapy Based on Communication
Most often, couples will experience challenges in their relationship due to communication issues. It can be difficult to be open and honest about your feelings, and if you are hiding anything from your partner, the relationship can become strained.
Our counseling services attempt to create a comfortable environment where you can rejuvenate your communication and work through the challenging thoughts, feelings, and emotions you both have. Our therapist can provide you with the tools and techniques you need to come to a better understanding of one another and hopefully repair your bond.
Couple’s Therapy for Every Situation
Robin Bryant, Ph.D. has years of experience working with unique couples in New York City. She can help you address various issues that may be causing strain on your relationship, including, but not limited to:
- Learning to live with one another
- Being supportive of each other’s dreams
- And so much more!
Confidential Therapy Services
When it comes to sharing your private matters with a specialist, confidentiality is of the utmost importance. When you work with our office, you can rest assured that conversations had will stay behind closed doors. We want to create a space in which you are comfortable discussing your personal concerns and ensuring complete privacy is our number one priority.
Dial (212) 721-8910 for more information or to discuss the therapy services we can offer you.
New York City Couples Therapist
If you and your partner are experiencing some trouble, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is here to help you work through it. We’re confident that we’re the best couple’s therapist in New York City and the surrounding area, and we want to be able to prove it to you.
As a licensed psychologist specialized in couple’s treatment, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is highly trained in emotionally focused couples’ therapy and knows the most proven method to overcoming adversity in a relationship and fostering growth and wellness.
Seeking the proper help for your partnership is brave, and choosing our help is a good place to begin. Call us now at (212) 721-8910 to get started.
Meet with an Expert Couples Therapist
We’ll start with a preliminary consultation where you and your significant other will answer a few questions about yourselves and the challenges you’re facing in both your own life and your relationship. Then, based on your needs, we’ll figure out the best course of action for the two of you.
It’s important for us to comprehend the situation at hand fully, and we encourage total honesty during the consultation for maximum efficiency. And if ever there is anything, we can do to make you feel more comfortable during our time together, we’re happy to accommodate.
This is also a time to ask any questions or concerns you may have about the process. We’re transparent in our practices and will be happy to provide you with free quotes on our sessions. We’ll also be sure to schedule appointments that work well for both you and your partner.
Healthy Communication with the Help of Couples Therapy
We want to provide a safe space for you to air out your feelings in a way where both of you feel heard. We foster an environment of open, honest, and respectful communication. If you and your partner seem to have trouble talking about complicated feelings without having a full-blown yelling match, therapy might allow you space to converse healthily and constructively. It will require a lot of work, but if you truly value the relationship you have, we promise the work will be worth it.
Keep in mind, neither of you can force the other into seeking help for your relationship, and you both must be committed to the process in order to get the results you’re hoping for. It’s always possible to save a relationship, but only on the condition that both parties are on board.
Robin Bryant, Ph.D.: An Esteemed Couples Therapist
There’s a reason we consider ourselves to be the best couples’ therapist in New York City. We have a track record to prove it! We’ve helped save many relationships and watch them flourish again over time. We do everything we can to provide you with the tools you need to communicate with each other your wants and needs effectively. You may often find that active listening and understanding can do wonders for your interpersonal relationships—and that’s not limited to your romantic relationships!
New York City’s Best in Couples Therapy
Are you and your significant other experiencing a rough patch in your relationship?
Regardless of the problem you are facing, you may also be experiencing unease and insecurity in your relationship. Ineffective communication can only make matters worse.
Fortunately, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. can help guide you and your loved one towards a stronger state of intimacy and cooperation. We’ll address and articulate the issues plaguing your relationship and explore potential solutions. In the process, Dr. Bryant will help you develop effective communication, rebuild trust, and handle resentment in a healthy, positive way. She’ll give you the tools that you need to forge a long and prosperous partnership between the two of you.
You’ll emerge from couple’s therapy with a renewed sense of confidence and optimism for the future.
To schedule an appointment for you and your significant other, contact Robin Bryant, Ph.D. today!
Compassionate, Qualified Couples Therapy for a Stronger Connection
Whether you’ve been together for two months or twenty years, each relationship encounters difficulties at some stage. It may be due to circumstances such as a new job, relocation, death in the family, or a major life event. It may just as easily be due to more deeply-ingrained problems, such as addiction or infidelity.
No matter the issue, communication is frequently the first thing to be cast aside during these relationship problems. With poor communication, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to navigate through these relationship challenges.
Robin Bryant, Ph.D. has been providing New York couples with constructive, empathetic couples counseling sessions for many years. Your therapist will work to facilitate communication and create an open environment where both parties are encouraged to share and grow.
You’ll appreciate our sharp intuition, relationship insight, and compassionate approach to couple’s therapy. Your therapist looks forward to helping your relationship emerge stronger than ever from these difficulties.
Call today to schedule an appointment!
Strengthen and Improve Your Relationship with Couples Counselling
There are many advantages to choosing couples therapy with Robin Bryant, Ph.D.. You’ll find both your communication and listening skills improve as a result of your sessions.
We are skilled at identifying the combination of strengths and weaknesses that make up a relationship. You’ll be encouraged to be honest and open in your communication style, and carefully consider the viewpoint of your partner. With our diligent approach, we’ll help you gain perspective and develop an empathetic understanding of your partner.
You and your significant other will begin with a comprehensive evaluation. We’ll determine your goals for couple’s therapy and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your session will take place in a pleasant, inviting environment where you’ll be encouraged to relax and share openly.
Together, we’ll provide you with the tools to move forward in your relationship with strength and optimism. To learn more about couple’s therapy, contact us today!
Relationship Therapy for All Partnerships
Couples therapy tends to be thought of as something of a last-ditch effort: an attempt by two partners to recuse a failing relationship.
It is not.
At our practice, we treat couples in a variety of circumstances dealing with an extraordinary range of issues. Many of them are in perfectly healthy relationships built on a strong foundation. Others are in non-conforming partnerships with people whom they love and care for dearly. Many still are just looking for some extra advice to ensure a long and successful future or to prepare for building a family.
Whatever your reason to seek couples therapy, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. wants you to know that you are not alone. That you are welcome at our practice and that you and your partner deserve the help you seek. Robin Bryant, Ph.D. wants you to know: She is here for you, whatever your situation.
Effective Couples Counselling from a Trusted Expert
Dr. Bryant has helped countless couples identify the issues in their relationship and modify their behavior to fix them. With an impeccable record of success, she is renowned for her safe and effective counsel.
She has helped clients:
- Develop Effective Communication Techniques
- Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress
- Prevent Breakups and Divorces
- Restore Intimacy to Their Lives
- Spark Romance in Their Relationships
- Build Trust
- Heal From Infidelity
- Resolve Conflict Effectively
- ...and more
Whatever issue you and your partner are facing in your relationship, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is here to help. She will provide the groundwork you need for a loving and enduring partnership.
Benefits of Couples Therapy
Couples therapy sessions offer many benefits to patients who attend regularly and put forth the effort. It is a way of enhancing a couple's overall relationship which involves therapy sessions. It seeks to enhance communication between those involved and it requires the participation of both parties.
In addition to enhancing communication, there are many other invaluable benefits which include:
- It helps partners with becoming more emotionally open with one another.
- It educates couples on how to identify each other's values and beliefs.
- It can help couples understand each other's triggers.
- Couples can learn how to detect conflict better and how to approach it in a healthy way.
- It benefits any children living in the household who witness the ongoing conflict.
- It can improve the overall intimacy between the couple.
While miscommunication is the root of many relationship problems, it only represents a small aspect of couple breakdown. If miscommunication is not repaired early enough, it can create a subset of issues that will further deteriorate the relationship. This is why it is essential to look at the overall benefit of couples therapy because many of the added benefits will help to strengthen your relationship. Furthermore, it will help the couple recognize areas of concern that went unidentified, which is an essential step in dealing with relationship breakdown.
Whether you're dealing with mild conflict or unresolved long-term disconnect, we are confident you'll leave our sessions with a refined way of looking at your relationship that will contribute to its overall health. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today if you and your partner are ready for a healthy approach to couples therapy.
Assistance with the Relationship Issues in Your Life
Any issue in your relationship can be addressed and can be dealt with in a couples counseling session. Some of the most frequent topics of discussion include parenting issues, family issues, and infidelities.
Couples therapy is also an ideal location to discuss various forms of addiction, such as substance abuse, gambling, work, or otherwise. Dealing with grief and loss as well as major changes in your relationship, can be properly articulated and dealt with in couple’s therapy.
Lastly, when couples are planning big changes, including engagement, marriage, or moving in together, it is often useful to talk about what is to come. Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is committed to helping couples move forward, stronger than ever.
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Couples Therapy in New York City
Have you noticed that you and your partner are arguing more frequently than you did in the past? Are the previously successful conflict-resolution techniques that you have used falling flat this time? Have you felt a growing distance between you and the special person in your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is a sign that your relationship is going through a difficult patch and could benefit from the professional guidance offered by a certified couple therapist. Thankfully for you, help is at hand.
With a wealth of experience in finding real and lasting solutions for couples from across New York City, Robin Bryant, Ph.D. developed a reputation for offering an impartial yet effective middle ground for couples who are unable to communicate properly. Once that initial wall of silence has been broken down, solutions are often found soon after.
So, if you are reading this it proves you are serious about your relationship and are eager to find a way of repairing the current fractures that exist. With the help of Robin Bryant, PH. D., this can happen. Call my New York City Office today and let me help you.
What to Expect in Couples Therapy
Many couples, both married and unmarried, have areas of their relationship they’d like to improve. If you’re working towards building a life partnership with someone, it’s important that you feel you can be open and honest with them. But unresolved arguments and past traumas have funny ways of sneaking up on you and jeopardizing the relationships you hold most dear.
As a client of Robin Bryant, Ph.D., you can expect:
- A therapist committed to your needs. Dr. Bryant approaches every case with care, concern, and diligence. She provides her clients with an impartial but empathetic viewpoint, which helps them gain perspective on themselves and their relationship. She is dedicated to helping all her clients lay the foundation for a strong partnership and a fruitful life.
- A safe and supportive environment. Dr. Bryant’s practice is a safe space for all couples and individuals who need effective therapy. Her office is a place free from judgment, prejudice, and condescension, instead, aiming to create a welcoming and nourishing environment.
- Open, constructive discussion. Dr. Bryant treats all party members’ perspectives as valid and equal. She provides an open forum where everyone’s voice can be heard, and emotions understood. At the same time, she invests great value in her role as a mediator. She directs discussions carefully so that they are always productive, helping partners see the value of their relationship together.
- Clear, effective communication. Dr. Bryant helps her clients develop effective communication and healthy coping techniques. In addition, she helps them identify inadequate response mechanisms that may not be conducive to a mutually-beneficial relationship. With her counsel, you’ll learn to identify ineffective communication and ways to redress it.
- Confidentiality. Dr. Bryant prioritizes her clients’ privacy. She treats all cases with sensitivity and discretion. Clients near and far can enjoy the comfort and security of her private office in uptown Manhattan. With her, you can trust that your situation will not be shared beyond the four walls of her office.
Three Things to Consider when Starting Couples Therapy
Couples thinking about attending couples counselling already have a big hurdle in front of them: the hard work that’s required to fix unproductive coping strategies in a relationship. So to make sure your experience in couples therapy gets off to the right start, we at the office of Robin Bryant, Ph.D. have prepared this list of key things to keep in mind when starting couples therapy in New York. Read them here:
- Come Prepared With Answers to Basic Questions
- Think about Your Role in Starting Conflicts
- Be Open to Compromise
Your therapist Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is here to help you resolve issues that are taking away from the enjoyment and value of your partnership. Your initial few sessions will be about getting to know you and your partner and explore the basic aspects of your relationship dynamic. At our practice, we take the time to learn about you and your relationship so that we can deliver more effective, personalized guidance. Expect some questions about your experiences in childhood—they’re important for any therapeutic process!
It helps if you can come prepared with some general information about yourself and your relationship. Unlike many aspects of your relationship, this should be done individually, although you and your partner should agree on the goal of attending couples therapy together.
In order to resolve any conflict, it’s important to consider how each partner contributes to starting and prolonging disputes. We recommend that our clients think about the dynamics of their relationship and how their own behavior might be preventing a swift and successful resolution to conflicts. Rather than pointing the finger at someone else, be reflective—and proactive. Think about what you can do to start changing your attitude and approach to conflicts so that you can sow the seeds for a productive relationship.
Of course, we’ll develop these skills together in therapy. Dr. Bryant will help you identify the ways each partner contributes to conflict, and what they can do to resolve it more effectively. She’s here to help you develop effective communication techniques so that you can discuss your needs in a healthy and productive way.
Relationships are a two-way street, and any healthy one will require compromise. It can, however, be challenging to open up to the idea when both relationship partners feel attacked and want to dig their heels in. In such cases, Dr. Bryant will give you the tools you need to develop empathy for each other. To facilitate that, however, it’s important to come ready to compromise.
What Dr. Bryant lends is perspective: She allows each partner to take a step back and realize the consequences of their actions. She’s giving you the opportunity to learn not just about your partner’s behavior, but your own. That way, we can work together to understand each other, build empathy, and lay the groundwork for a bright future.
How Long Does Couples Therapy Take?
This isn’t a question we can quickly answer, but we can reassure you that the couples therapy you’ll receive from Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is quick and targeted. We promise that:
- We won’t rehash every fight you’ve ever had. Robin Bryant, Ph.D. needs a basic picture of your relationship history, but couples therapy is about solving problems in the here and now. We’ll listen to your grievances, but we’ll focus on what issues are most pressing in the present and work from there.
- We’ll work with you to set short-term goals. Therapy succeeds when everyone involved—you, your partner, and your therapist—has a clear goal to move towards. Couples therapy is meant to be short-term. While that’s not always the case, we’ll work to develop a timeline that moves towards a healthier relationship in under two months.
- We’ll make decisions together. No one member of the therapy team—and that includes your therapist—gets to make decisions themselves. Your therapist will make suggestions, but you are free to make the decisions that are best for both of you.
Success in Couples Therapy: Have Goals for Yourself, Not Your Spouse
Coming to couples therapy with the expectation the therapist will back you in every argument and your spouse will see the error of their ways—that’s setting yourself up for disaster. While it’s perfectly reasonable to desire your partner to change some aspect of their communication style or wishing they did more around the house, think about how you can express this goal with reference to what you can control—yourself! For example, rather than saying I came to couples therapy to convince my partner to clean up after they make a mess, try to phrase it in the following way: I’ve come here to learn how to express my needs to my partner constructively and to accept the things I can’t change about them. The outcome may be the same—you express your desire to have your partner help out with household chores—but the attitude is totally different.
The Power of Talk in Couples Therapy
Although it may seem like quite an obvious point to make, the simple reality is that so much can be achieved when two partners sit down and actually speak and listen to one another. This sentiment is as true when it comes to peace treaties after a conflict, as it is to employer-employee stand-offs and is certainly the case when it comes to couples’ therapy.
One of the biggest benefits that I offer my clients in New York City is a neutral space, where they can express their respective perspectives on the relationship. By removing the barriers to communication, it is far easier to fix the problems that exist by getting to the root of the problem.
One of the most commonly heard opinions that I hear from couples is that early in their relationship they always listened to each other but that as things progressed this sense of curiosity or mutual interest has waned and that things are now very different. Perhaps the biggest contributor to relationship stagnation and conflict is a lack of communication and one of the biggest factors that causes this sense of silence is a worry that each person has disappointed or failed to satisfy their partner.
Often, all it takes to rectify these issues is mutual recognition. Our sessions together can help you understand each other’s perspective, empathize with one another, and better recognize your mutual needs. Working as a team, we’ll help you improve your communication and strengthen your relationship.
The reality is that in many cases, your partner is not disappointed in you but is rather upset or feeling vulnerable about another issue. Once that perspective has been relayed to your partner, it can be easier to find resolution to the other problem. Again, my expertise in couples’ therapy can assist in this respect.
Couples Therapy After an Affair
One of the biggest challenges facing any couple in New York City, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, is how to rebuild trust after an emotional or physical affair.
If you are seeking out couples therapy for these sorts of issues, know that no therapy practitioner can save your relationship for you. What Robin Bryant, Ph.D. does offer is the ability to communicate hurt and offer strategies to rekindle the secure relationship that existed before the affair. Dr. Bryant can help you face those feelings of resentment, the insecurities, and the anxieties that come after acknowledging an affair. In the process, she can help you rebuild trust, develop open communication, and forge an honest relationship with one another.
All Shapes and Sorts of Relationships Welcome in Our Couples Therapy Practice
Most couples in NYC don’t subscribe to the traditional white-picket fence ideal of the nuclear family. That’s perfectly ok. Our couples therapists know the score—each couple is as unique as the people who are in the partnership, after all. We’re ready to help you tackle the issues that are important to you and your partner(s), and not to get hung up on the particulars of your situation.
We’ve helped clients in couples therapy from the following backgrounds:
- Second (or third, or fourth) marriages and new partnerships after divorce
- Same-sex relationships
- Bisexuals in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship
- Blended families
- Parents of adopted children
- Mixed-raced relationships and the pressures unique to them
- Open relationships
- Polyamory, and atypical relationship configurations
- May-December relationships, or relationships with large age differences
- Couples with one or more transgender or gender non-conforming individuals
- Couples involving kink or BDSM practices
Just because your family doesn’t look like a Norman Rockwell painting doesn’t mean you can’t seek help from a compassionate and experienced couples therapist.
Hard Times: Dealing With Anger Issues, Violence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and Other Tough Issues in Couples Therapy
Individuals in partnerships faced with problems such as anger issues, drug abuse, or violence face difficult situations not only in their day-to-day lives, but also in finding a safe space free of judgment to express their desires and needs.
Robin Bryant, Ph.D. is committed to helping individuals struggling with the above issues. Honesty and transparency are the only way to experience growth. If you bring your therapist in on these issues, you can make tremendous strides in addressing the way these issues affect your relationship. When you walk in our front door, we promise you a judgment-free zone.
Contact Us Today
If you are like most people in New York City, then the idea of fighting with your partner every day is undesirable and not viable in the long-term. My office works with many insurance networks—give us a call to find out if yours is compatible. If you want to return your relationship to how you envision it, then why not call Robin Bryant, PH. D. today—you won’t regret it!
Over her many years of experience, Dr. Bryant has helped countless partners overcome their difficulties, resolve long-standing conflicts, and lay the foundation for a strong and successful future together.
She can help you do the same.
For compassionate couples therapy, contact us today. We’re here to help.