Cotherapy

WHAT IS COTHERAPY?

Cotherapy for couples is a unique offering to couples therapy as it places the couple with two licensed therapists at the same time. This creates a safe environment to ensure each person is supported, challenged, and met through a balanced foursome to explore what is truly possible in a committed, healthy, dynamic, fun and passionate relationship. Cotherapy for couples is a fresh, fair and balanced approach to work together with present- moment issues and concerns as they happen in session. This is key to successful interactions so you can practice new behaviors both in and outside the therapeutic setting. Overall, our goal is to help the two of you heal and grow. A team approach can set you up for success and longevity in your relationship.

WHY USE COTHERAPY?

For some couples, cotherapy can be far more effective than using one therapist. Often, cou- ples find it difficult to select the gender for their couples counselor. Couples who may worry that there could be a gender bias or the possibility of “ganging-up” often benefit from cothera- py. Some couples simply like having two therapists who are committed to the process of helping to strengthen the relationship. They feel supported in the presence of two therapists with dif- ferent skillsets and viewpoints providing double opportunities for strategic ideas to flourish.

WHO ARE WE?

Celeste Labadie, LMFT and Rex West, LPC are PACT Level 2 couple therapists skilled in at- tachment theory, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology. They are committed to offering effective and down-to- earth co-therapy to meet you where you are while respecting your val- ues, perspectives and life experiences. Celeste has enjoyed 14 years of partnership with her husband Michael and is a stepmom and grandmother. She is pro-relationship including diverse cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation and religious/spiritual views. Rex has been in a committed relationship with his wife Sue for 18 years and is a parent of an amazing teenaged son, Jivan. Rex welcomes working with all types of relationships not con- strained by gender orientation, spiritual/religious choices, or cultural mores.

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Photo: Jivan L West

YOUR INVESTMENT

The fee structure for Co-Therapy is $300 an hour with a minimum of 2 hours for the first 3 ses- sion meetings. We then adjust to 90-minute meetings if that’s preferable. We offer a 20-minute, complimentary phone consultation so you can understand more about this unique, engaging and effective form of couples therapy.

OUR AVAILABILITY

To make scheduling easier, we offer co-therapy in limited time slots Tuesdays 9 - 1 pm and Wednesday 1 - 7 pm.

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Photo: Jivan L West

SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

We maintain a no-secrets policy. That means we expect all communication to remain open and transparent. This policy is for your protection and creates an even safer container for each of you. All communications via text, email and phone will include all partners and therapists.

Couples are usually doing the best they can which is why we take a ‘no fault’ approach. We reflect with the couple by turning toward each other and commenting on what we notice. The dynamic between us is attended to and made explicit, thereby modeling awareness, attentiveness, attunement, and effective communication.

Just because a couple is expressing their feelings does not mean they are really understanding each other. We help couples differentiate between patterns and themes, comfort and discomfort, what is hoped for and what is entrenched. Our feedback and guidance to the couple creates an opportunity to examine values around mutuality, respect, fairness, sensitivity, protection, and self-care.

We work with couples in all stages of relationship including, but not limited to, early stages of coupling, partnerships, marriages, and separations or divorces. We explore intimacy, physical affection and sexuality and/or the obstacles. We look at rigidity and flexibility, tension, yearnings, what is working and what is not working.

Our work is creative, dynamic, and playful. We provide a safe environment while guiding our clients toward constructive fighting and letting go of the idea of right and wrong. We demonstrate how disagreements can be productive and model effective communication. Curiosity about how couples work together, nurture connection, and reach agreements is a primary focus. When couples understand how to care for each other, they feel better.