Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy located in Westport, CT

If you and your partner are struggling in your relationship, couples therapy has a lot to offer. Dr.Joan Oppenheim, PsyD, LLC, in Westport, Connecticut, can  help you access the help you need. I provide my expertise and experience to give couples the tools needed to make decisions about their relationship and to help their relationship thrive. To schedule an appointment, click on the contact page to book online or call today. I offer sessions via telehealth as well.

Couples Therapy Q&A

What is couples therapy?

Couples therapy is designed to help you and your partner navigate and resolve conflicts, improve communication, and strengthen your relationship. 

At the practice, I facilitate sessions to help you both understand your dynamics, address issues, and enhance relationship satisfaction.

What issues can couples therapy address?

Couples therapy can address the following:

Communication problems

Couples therapy can help improve communication patterns, resolve misunderstandings, and teach effective communication techniques.

Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution helps you both identify and address conflicts in healthier ways, fostering mutual understanding and compromise.

Intimacy and connection

Counseling can reignite emotional and physical intimacy, addressing issues related to affection, sex, and emotional connection.

Trust issues

If your relationship has trust issues, infidelity, or betrayal, I can help you work through these problems in a safe, confidential environment.

Parenting differences

My counseling can aid in navigating differences in your parenting styles, strategies, and conflicts related to your children for divorced or married couples.

Life transitions

Significant life changes like relocation, career shifts, or becoming empty nesters can strain your relationship. My counseling services can provide support during these transitions.

Do couples meet separately during couples therapy?

In traditional couples therapy, my primary focus is on the two of you as a unit. However, in certain instances, I might suggest individual sessions to learn more about personal concerns that affect your relationship.

Individual meetings support personal growth, but my core couples therapy counseling involves joint sessions.

How does couples therapy work?

Sessions generally involve open conversations that I guide. I listen to each of you, help you both understand each other's perspectives, identify patterns, and introduce techniques to address conflicts constructively. 

What results can I expect from couples therapy?

Results from couples therapy vary based on your willingness to participate as a couple, the severity of issues, and the dedication to implementing strategies learned in sessions. While there's no guaranteed outcome, couples often report:

  • Improved communication
  • Better conflict resolution
  • Increased emotional connection
  • A deeper understanding of themselves and each other

Couples therapy can be a transformative process that can ultimately strengthen your relationship plus provide skills to navigate future challenges more effectively. However, commitment, patience, and active participation play a vital role in succeeding.

To schedule a couples therapy session with me, call or book an appointment online today. Telehealth is an option, too.

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Psychologist located in Westport, CT, serving Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT, and Westchester County, NY

My  practice is based in Westport, Connecticut but serves all of Fairfied County and I conduct telehealth therapy for those in New York and Westchester County. I built my practice with an emphasis on high quality patient care and experience with  a particular emphasis on communication and responsiveness. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a patient's care and to bear witness during their vunerable times while they seek help.

I earned a BA from Yale College-Yale University, an MA from Teachers College-Columbia University and earned my doctoral degree at  the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. 

I underwent further training through a predoctoral internship at Clifford-Beers Child Guidance Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Consortium, a postdoctoral residency at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. I am a member of an organization called Give an Hour which  provides theraputic services to service members, vets and their families and I have served as a Special Master for the Conneticut Judicidary as well as consulted with local schools.

My practice is dedicated to working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them make essential changes to improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life. I seek to empower patients with solution-focused approaches guiding them through challenging situations and relationships within a warm, constructive, and confidential environment that restores balance in their lives.

I help patients achieve hope, problem-solving skills to use in the future and personal empowerment for those facing anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I also provide  therapy for individuals, couples who are experiencing the challenges of infidelity, marital discord, divorce and the accompanying changes for themselves and their families.  I specialize in parental education to address issues concerning children as well as providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

To book an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today. Telehealth is available and I offer a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.