Parental Therapy
That Works

Parental Therapy
That Works

Therapy for Co-Parents and Couples with Children

Figs O'Sullivan and Teale Taxis kissing, standing with their kids and dog by the lake.

Why even have a page for couples counseling specifically for parents?

Look, relationships are hard. And relationships while parenting can feel near impossible at times—in fact, I would argue, it is literally impossible sometimes. There are just so many more opportunities to end up in stuck places with your partner, spouse, or co-parent while you are parenting together. 

This can lead to more negative experiences and erode a couple’s sense of being a team over time, which then of course can adversely affect the children emotionally. Then the negative pattern kicks into an even higher gear of intensity and leads to more disconnection.

Throw in differences in opinion around how to parent, and who doesn’t need a couples therapist?

[What would happen if you stopped trying to quiet your anxiety and started really listening to it?]

[Anyone who experiences anxiety, anxiety attacks, or panic attacks knows that attempts to push your feelings down in the moment are not only ineffective, they can make things worse in the long run. 

So why would we take that same approach in anxiety treatment?]

Woman experiencing peace

[Discover where your anxiety comes from with the help of a trained Empathi therapist.]

[Anxiety is a survival strategy. 

By welcoming it as an honored guest and listening to it like never before, you and your anxiety therapist can find the emotional need it is reaching so desperately for. 

The only way out is through. We can help you get there.]

 

Clinical research shows that 86% of couples improve after a brief period of EFT guidance, and 73% have maintained their improvements when we check back two years later.

Empathi's Methods
are proven to help

Each of our therapists are trained to use our proprietary blend of the Empathi Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). We’ll help you understand both your intrapersonal and interpersonal struggles in a way that guides you to communicate better, repair after fights, and feel more deeply and securely connected.

Clinical research shows that 86% of couples improve after a brief period of EFT guidance, and 73% have maintained their improvements when we check back two years later.

Couples Counseling For Parents | Empathi.com

Is Empathi's Co-Parenting Counseling right for me?

As the old saying goes, children don’t come with an instruction manual. Parenting is hard. For many, nothing in life is more rewarding than being a parent, but there’s no denying how difficult it can sometimes be.

As caregivers, medics, teachers, and chauffeurs, there’s no end to the day-to-day tasks parents have to perform in order to keep their child healthy and ensure that they prosper in life.

The job of being a parent is only made more difficult when partners can’t see eye-to-eye or there are other issues underlying the parents’ relationship. Even the simplest of tasks seem more arduous, and parenting obstacles can feel insurmountable. 

These troubles are only compounded when children pick up on the friction between their parents. If a child overhears frequent arguments about finances, home life, work stress, or any other topic causing contention, they may internalize their feelings until they come out in troubling behavior or depression.

There’s no need to worry. Empathi is here to help you and your partner navigate through the issues that bring stress and worry to your child and to your partnership as a couple or co-parents. With couples counseling for parents, we give you the tools to reach a more harmonious state, together as role models for your children.

Is Empathi's Co-Parenting Counseling right for me?

As the old saying goes, children don’t come with an instruction manual. Parenting is hard. For many, nothing in life is more rewarding than being a parent, but there’s no denying how difficult it can sometimes be.

As caregivers, medics, teachers, and chauffeurs, there’s no end to the day-to-day tasks parents have to perform in order to keep their child healthy and ensure that they prosper in life.

The job of being a parent is only made more difficult when partners can’t see eye-to-eye or there are other issues underlying the parents’ relationship. Even the simplest of tasks seem more arduous, and parenting obstacles can feel insurmountable. 

These troubles are only compounded when children pick up on the friction between their parents. If a child overhears frequent arguments about finances, home life, work stress, or any other topic causing contention, they may internalize their feelings until they come out in troubling behavior or depression.

There’s no need to worry. Empathi is here to help you and your partner navigate through the issues that bring stress and worry to your child and to your partnership as a couple or co-parents. With couples counseling for parents, we give you the tools to reach a more harmonious state, together as role models for your children.

What is Couples Counseling for Parents?

Couple counseling for parents is therapy that specializes in repairing issues in the relationships of parents. It works to help them come to a better understanding of what problems they face as adults that are responsible for children.

Counseling for parents isn’t designed to tell parents how to raise their children. Rather, it focuses on guiding them into agreement about issues concerning their children, including conflict that relates to raising them.

Counseling dives into emotional difficulties, conflict between parents, and other problems that parents encounter. Talk therapy offers guideposts and strategies that aid them in their journey of discovering better parenting and a better union as a couple. 

In the case of divorced co-parents, parental counseling aims at helping them work together as a unified partnership, with the purpose of providing the best possible outcomes for their children.

Empathi counselors have extensive training and experience with every type of relationship, including couples with children. Our therapists are professionals who are familiar with the issues that come along with being responsible for the upbringing of young ones, and we know how to help you navigate these difficulties so that you and your partner parent can build the best life possible for your children.

What is Couples Counseling for Parents?

Couple counseling for parents is therapy that specializes in repairing issues in the relationships of parents.

It works to help them come to a better understanding of what problems they face as adults that are responsible for children.

Counseling for parents isn’t designed to tell parents how to raise their children. Rather, it focuses on guiding them into agreement about issues concerning their children, including conflict that relates to raising them.

Counseling dives into emotional difficulties, conflict between parents, and other problems that parents encounter. Talk therapy offers guideposts and strategies that aid them in their journey of discovering better parenting and a better union as a couple. 

In the case of divorced co-parents, parental counseling aims at helping them work together as a unified partnership, with the purpose of providing the best possible outcomes for their children.

Empathi counselors have extensive training and experience with every type of relationship, including couples with children. Our therapists are professionals who are familiar with the issues that come along with being responsible for the upbringing of young ones, and we know how to help you navigate these difficulties so that you and your partner parent can build the best life possible for your children.

Can parental counseling address our problems?

Parental counseling can certainly address any issues that you and your partner parent are facing, whether as a couple or as parents. It’s a terrific resource and you should take advantage of it. 

Parental counseling gives you tools to better cope with existing problems, while also enabling you to face new challenges with confidence as they come.

Here are the most common issues people come to us with:​

We see these concerns and many others like them every day. Let Empathi give you the tools to be successful parents.

Can parental counseling address our problems?

Parental counseling can certainly address any issues that you and your partner parent are facing, whether as a couple or as parents. It’s a terrific resource and you should take advantage of it. 

Parental counseling gives you tools to better cope with existing problems, while also enabling you to face new challenges with confidence as they come.

Here are the most common issues people come to us with:

We see these concerns and many others like them every day. Let Empathi give you the tools to be successful parents.

What if I've tried parental therapy before?

If you’ve tried parent counseling for couples and co-parents before and it didn’t work out for you, there are a number of factors which could have contributed. Perhaps you or the other partner parent were unable to see eye-to-eye with the counselor for one reason or another. Maybe the therapist didn’t have the right knowledge or experience to address your specific issues.

Empathi counselors are knowledgeable and experienced in healing relationships of all sorts. Using industry-recognized methods, we walk you through building a framework that works for both parents to raise their children as a cohesive unit, whether the parents are together or separated.

Empathi counselors are knowledgeable and experienced in healing relationships of all sorts. Using industry-recognized methods, we walk you through building a framework that works for both parents to raise their children as a cohesive unit, whether the parents are together or separated.

Here's why our approach works:

Partner parents and co-parents need to work from a foundation of trust — the foundation of every healthy relationship. We apply attachment theory to guide parents through building trust in each other’s ability and motivations.

Traumatic experiences from the past often inform the decisions people make as parents. Choices made from a place of fear or guilt from trauma often do more emotional harm to children than good. Through experiential psychotherapy, we use activities, roleplay, and re-enactment to help work through past trauma and unhealthy thoughts. In facing events from your past in a safe environment, you’ll work through the underlying emotional responses and learn to reshape harmful thought patterns into healthy ones.

Disagreement is normal in relationships, but persistent conflict between parents ultimately models unhealthy and unproductive habits for children. Through emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), Empathi shows you how to turn conflict into productive communication.

Is parental therapy hard?

The thought of entering parenting therapy can seem scary at first. Many times it’s difficult to even pinpoint what the issues are, and you aren’t sure what you’re going to say. Sometimes it’s the opposite; you have a litany of problems you want to bring to the table, and you’re unsure what you want to talk about first.

But it’s worth it—parental counseling is a tremendously beneficial step for couples with children who are experiencing issues.

Here's how we make it easy:

Contact Empathi today and take that step toward family unity.

Here are the ways we make it easy:

Contact Empathi today and take that step toward family unity.

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Your Co-Parenting Therapy Questions, Answered

Opening up to a stranger about parenting struggles isn’t easy. Why don’t we go first?

Couples counseling for parents typically ranges on average from $120 to $250 per therapy hour. Practitioners with advanced degrees and greater experience tend to charge more, and larger metropolitan areas tend to see higher prices than smaller communities. 

Empathi pricing ranges from $150 – $500. Schedule a free consult, and we’ll find a therapist in your price range.

No, you can be a couple, co-parents who never married, or divorced co-parents. Counseling for divorced parents aims at eliminating adversarial attitudes in the parents and encourages positive participation in the lives of their children.

It’s vital that all parents work cooperatively. When parents come together where it concerns their young ones, the children grow up happier and better adjusted than those of parents who are continuously at odds. It’s even more crucial that parents cooperate when they’re no longer together.

Parental counseling for divorced parents improves communication skills, which better helps you both convey your message and understand where others are coming from. This helps you and your partner parent better resolve conflict and reach agreement on issues concerning your children.

Co-parent counseling isn’t suitable in cases where a parent is abusive, neglects their children, or is chemically-dependent. These issues require different, specialized therapy before partner parents can reach a point that co-parent counseling would be helpful.

Studies have found that relationship satisfaction improves between partners when comparing them before and after counseling. Researchers found that this improvement remains even one to two years following the end of therapy. Similar studies also show that co-parent counseling benefits the socioemotional health of children, boosting their self-esteem and confidence through the assurance of security from both parents.

Empathi’s proprietary blend of techniques builds on EFT to repair connections and build a stronger communication. For parents that remain together, 86% of couples see real improvement right away when beginning EFT. This improvement continues in 73% of relationships for the long term.

There are numerous qualified counselors and centers that perform parental counseling, but therapy is much more effective when you see a professional who’s a good fit for you. Communication is important. Make sure you can easily understand the counselor and that they’re able to effectively understand you.

Prepare some questions to present to potential counselors before deciding on who to go with. Schedule a consultation, and ask your prepared question and base your decision on how they answer.

Qualifications, experience, and personality are all important. 

These questions will help you determine if the counselor is a good option for you:

  • How long have you been practicing parental counseling?
  • What training/qualifications do you have in parent / co-parent counseling?
  • How long does couples counseling for parents typically last?
  • What can I and my family expect to get out of counseling?

Whether you and your partner parent are together, separated, or divorced, and you struggle to work together for the benefit of your children, couples therapy for parents or co-parent therapy is the right course of action to take. By making the conscious choice to set aside your differences for the sake of your young ones, you demonstrate a desire to put them first, and it could positively impact the rest of their lives.

Whatever struggles you face in cooperating to give your children the best life you can, we can help. Reach out to Empathi today and bring your family closer together.

We are passionate about healing relationships.

Our team of couples counselors, relationship coaches, and marriage therapists can help you reconnect.

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Why Yelp Chooses Empathi's Therapy for Parents

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) provides our team at Therapy With Figs with an understanding of the emotional bonds between partners so that we can identify and work toward moments that strengthen and harmonize that emotional connection.

We use attachment-based frameworks to understand the ways very early bonds inform our adult behavior and choice of partner, as well as the ways our relationship with our partners inform how we understand those early bonds today. Being in a committed partnership then becomes more than just an agreement between two lovers – it is a healing art, a restorative power in the lives of both individuals.

Seeking the safety and containment of professional psychotherapy is a monumental first step on the road to turning painful patterns into a productive partnership. Committed exploration and a willingness to be curious and vulnerable about what is motivating one’s own behavior, reactivity, patterns, and choices can bring about positive change for your relationship – whether it’s steering a particular issue, transitioning toward compromise, or simply bringing about a newly deepened sense of passion and commitment.

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"With Empathi, Figs has created a fun and creative way to help people feel more connected in their relationship and to become acquainted with the transformational power of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy."

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Creator of Emotionally-Focused Therapy

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