Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling services offered in the greater Irvine, CA area

Maintaining relationships takes work and commitment and can sometimes benefit from outside assistance. Julia Renedo, PsyD, at Mente Operandi, provides expert relationship counseling for couples experiencing problems or simply looking to improve their partnerships. All sessions use secure telehealth technology for optimal convenience and accessibility. Call Mente Operandi to request a relationship counseling consultation or book an appointment online today.

Couples Counseling Q & A

What is couples counseling?

Couples counseling lets you and your spouse or partner discuss the problems affecting your relationship with a skilled therapist who can mediate the conversation.

Dr. Renedo helps you identify the issues causing disharmony and consider the situation from each other’s point of view. She then teaches you how to understand the other person’s perspective and communicate clearly and constructively.

When might we benefit from couples counseling?  

Counseling can be beneficial anytime your relationship faces a serious challenge. Dr. Renedo helps people with various relationship problems that include:

  • Cheating
  • Major life changes like relocating
  • Loss and grief
  • Secrets and lies
  • Difficulties communicating
  • Financial problems
  • Arguing repeatedly
  • Sexual wellness issues
  • Parenting disagreements

If problems develop because of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, or gambling addiction, counseling offers support to help you and your partner overcome these problems.

Counseling can also help as your relationship evolves so you encounter fewer problems after setting up a home together or getting married. Dr. Renedo offers invaluable advice that helps your partnership flourish.

What does couples counseling involve?

Couples counseling meetings mostly take place with both partners present. However, on occasions, Dr. Renedo might want to speak to each of you alone. The strategies she uses vary depending on each couple’s unique situation but may include the following:

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)

EFT helps you recognize your feelings and deal with them constructively. You become more aware of your emotions, letting them flow rather than attempting to hold them back. Both partners describe their feelings and identify what triggers unhelpful ones, then learn healthy coping tactics and gain a better understanding of each partner’s feelings.

Communication skill building

Effective communication provides the foundation for healthy relationships. Dr. Renedo teaches you how to listen properly, show empathy, and develop person-centered communication skills, including:

  • Asking open-ended questions
  • Repeating what someone says to show you understand
  • Inquiring about your partner’s emotions
  • Naming specific emotions
  • Expressing support and respect

The frequency of couples counseling sessions varies, but typically people have weekly meetings for the first few months. Therapy’s duration varies from a short series of consultations (brief therapy) to several months or even longer for more challenging relationship problems.

Call Mente Operandi to see if relationship counseling is right for you and your partner, or complete the online booking form to schedule a consultation.