Couples Therapy in Houston, Texas

Rune Moelbak, Ph.D., Psychologist in Houston, Texas > Click here to book appointment on-line

Would You Like a More Fulfilling Relationship?

Relationships are often bittersweet... Our partners can both be a source of great love and affection, and intense anger and disappointment.
Once the honeymoon period is over our passion for each other might begin to wane, we might become more distant, and we may sometimes feel more like enemies, than like friends... Attempts to express our needs may lead to fights rather than changes, and we may end up questioning if the benefits of staying together really outweigh the drawbacks...



    Is Couples Therapy for Me?

  • Do you feel like something is missing from your relationship?

  • Do you seem to rehash the same old arguments over and over?

  • Do you fear that you are slowly drifting away from each other and that your love is slowly dying?

  • Do you feel resentful or hurt about past betrayals or disappointments?

  • Do you feel like you have already tried everything and are you losing hope that things can change?

If so, it might be time to see a couples therapist:
Get the help of a professional who can help you and your partner get back on track...

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  • What is Couples Therapy?

    Couples Therapy is a systematic way to look at all the dimensions needed to have a strong and healthy relationship.



    Research has found these areas to include:

    • A strong friendship: feeling connected emotionally and knowing each other's inner worlds...

    • Good communication: The ability to dialogue about problems, recover from fights, and accept influence from your partner...

    • Shared meaning: Agreement about where the relationship is headed, and the ability to create meaningful rituals for how we - as a couple - do things...

    • The ability to trust: The ability to be emotionally and sexually committed to your partner and open yourself up emotional, physically, and sexually...

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  • The Secret to Fighting Less:

    Video from Couples Therapist Dr. Rune Moelbak:
    Learn how you can stop the vicious cycle of fighting that turns couples into enemies and leads to distance and distress... Watch to learn what I mean:

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    What Happens in Couples Therapy?

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    Your couples therapist will take a quite active role in the first sessions and will make sure that each of you get to share what has been on your mind. In the beginning your therapist will ask very specific questions about the many areas of a healthy relationship. Your therapist will help you get an overview of your relationship strengths and areas of improvement, and will give you a road map for how to move forward. In sessions, you will learn techniques for communicating differently and will practice new ways of interacting and relating. Your therapist will guide you to become more honest and open in your communication with your partner, while respecting your need for emotional safety.

    Choosing a Couples Therapist:

    Choosing a couples therapist can be anxiety-provoking: How do you know who will be the right fit for you? How do you know who is best qualified to help you with your particular concerns? Here is my advice:

    Don't just choose a therapist at random!

  • Choose a therapist with training in couples therapy:
  • Not every therapist offering couples counseling has received specialized training in couples and marriage counseling. I believe that to work effectively with couples, a therapist needs more than simply intuition. To offer my clients the best, I have received formal training in two of the most effective couples counseling approaches: Gottman Method Couples Counseling, and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.
  • Make an informed decision:
  • A good way to judge if a couples therapist will be right for you is to see if their ideas about marriage and relationships make sense to you. I don't expect you to choose me blindly, so I provide lots of free resources on my website and my blog so you can familiarize yourself with how I think and form your own opinion before scheduling an appointment.

    Insights from Couples Therapy:

    Want to find out what couples therapists know about successful relationships?
    Here is a selection of articles from my therapy blog that will teach you skills you can start implementing today!

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    "The Happy Couple": Lessons Learned from Couples Therapy

    What distinguishes couples who stay together from couples whose relationships turn sour? Here are some lessons learned from couples therapy...

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    Couples Therapy FAQ

    What kind of couples go to couples and marriage counseling?
    Some people think seeing a couples therapist must mean there is something terribly wrong with them. They think they should be able to handle their concerns on their own. Fact is, couples therapy and marriage counseling is beneficial to most relationships, even those without big problems. We can all benefit from improving how we communicate and relate to each other and we all inevitably get stuck in different areas of our relationship
    What can couples therapy and marriage counseling accomplish that we couldn't accomplish ourselves?
    It is extremely difficult for any couple to stand outside their daily interactions so they can begin to look at the chains of events that lead to negative results. A couples therapist can help both partners have a look at their relationship from a third perspective, and can help facilitate new ways of interacting that lead to new understandings and different results.
    Is there any guarantee that couples therapy will work?
    Couples therapy is an experience where you are guaranteed to learn something new about yourselves and your relationship. For this learning to happen, you must both be open and willing to examine and express yourselves. Once you learn more about each other's feelings, perspectives, and ways of interacting, you will feel better equipped to make decisions about your relationship, and will have new ways to communicate with each other.
    Is couples therapy and marriage counseling really worth the money?
    Couples therapy and marriage counseling is an investment in having a stronger relationship. Over the long term it may prevent you from splitting up or getting divorced. It may save you from both great emotional and financial costs. You have to consider what your relationship is worth to you and whether or not you want to prioritize spending money on greater relationship satisfaction.
    How many couples counseling sessions do we need to attend before we see improvement?
    You can begin to implement changes in your relationship right away. After 5 sessions you will have a good initial understanding of the key patterns in your relationship. Many couples will need upwards of 10 sessions to truly sustain their improvements.
    Can we pay with our insurance?
    Couples therapy and marriage counseling is not always covered by health insurance plans. Check with your provider to see if you have coverage. I don't work directly with any insurance providers, but can provide documentation to submit for "out-of-network" reimbursement, if you have this kind of coverage.
    How confidential is the therapy?
    When you see a psychologist, your treatment record and the information you share is protected by strict confidentiality laws. This means that no one can get access to this information unless you both give your written permission. Certain exceptions do exist, so please read the full conditions of treatment here: Informed Consent to Treatment for Couples

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