Family And Couples Psychotherapy

Collaborative Behavioral Health

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center located in Skokie, IL

Family and couple’s psychotherapy started shortly after World War II when doctors treating patients with schizophrenia noticed their families showed dysfunctional behaviors, and that the patient's symptoms changed depending on how the rest of the family interacted with each other. The treatment soon expanded into treating the family as a unit. Collaborative Behavioral Health, with offices in Skokie, Illinois, has providers trained in family and couple’s therapy, who help families navigate change and development. Call the nearest office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Family and Couples Psychotherapy

What are the benefits of family and couple’s therapy?

Families and couples turn to psychotherapy to heal psychological, emotional, or mental issues within the family unit. The end goal is that they have a better functioning home environment, and to get there, they may set a series of stepping stones to achieve this, including:

  • Modifying dysfunctional behavior
  • Improving communication
  • Reducing emotional avoidance
  • Promoting strengths
  • Changing the view of the relationship


By the end of the course, families and couples should communicate better, have a deeper empathy for each other, become better at managing anger and conflict, and have a better understanding of family dynamics and healthy boundaries.

A professional at Collaborative Behavioral Health helps guide families and couples through often challenging conversations to reach a successful resolution.

Who should consider family and couple’s psychotherapy?

Nearly two million people in the United States are treated by a family and couple’s therapist. Although the treatment uses the term “family,” the word is used loosely to cover anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in someone’s life. As such, family and couple’s psychotherapy is for any group of two or more people who are going through a problematic period or major transition, including:

  • Divorce or separation
  • Unexpected illness or death
  • Conflict within families or couples
  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Mental health problems 


If your family would benefit from psychotherapy, reach out to a certified provider at Collaborative Behavioral Health to discuss your situation.

What techniques does family and couple’s psychotherapy use?

A family and couple’s therapist individualizes the psychotherapy sessions to the family unit, and they may change from week to week. They draw on techniques from a range of other therapies, including:

Cognitive therapy

Families are encouraged to challenge negative thought patterns within their family unit in order to treat mental health disorders and undesirable behaviors.

Behavior therapy

Families explore their learned behaviors and the events around them that stimulate particular patterns and emotions.

Interpersonal therapy

Patients focus on their relationships with family members, issues within these relationships, and the way they see themselves.

Families can be complicated to navigate, but with the support and guidance from your provider at Collaborative Behavioral Health, you can learn to reconnect and build stronger relationships. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.