The transition from partners to parents is difficult for most people. Whether becoming a parent was planned or is a surprise, having a new child changes the relationship with your partner. The period of time during the pregnancy, the birth, the first few months after the baby is born, and the first year can be a time of great joy and also great difficulty. How these times are handled as a couple can have lasting effects on the relationship.
At the Bay Area Center for Couples Therapy, we understand how joyful and how hard it can be making the transition from partners to parents. Whether you are contemplating having a child, pregnant, or have had your child, couples therapy can help you and your partner become closer through the transition, rather than being pushed apart. Having a child greatly increases the need for communication, emotional and practical support, effort to keep your sexual life alive, and brings up a whole host of issues that you may never have thought off.
Our work is informed by John Gottman and the Carolyn and Phillip Cowan's research on new couples and we use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help you maintain the bonds of love, help your be there for your partner, and help your partner be there for you.