Aspergers couple’s therapy
Why is couple’s therapy for partners with Asperger’s important?
It’s not uncommon for couples where one person has Asperger’s (AS) and the other is neurotypical (NS) to experience relationship difficulties. This is because each partner will view the world in vastly different ways, and particularly in how they express and experience emotions.
It’s common for partners with Asperger’s Syndrome to:
- Be unable to communicate effectively with a neurotypical partner
- Avoid conflict
- Shift blame or misunderstand the impact of their actions
- Be unwilling to compromise
- Have trouble recognizing and responding to their partner’s emotions
- Act self-centered, with little regard for their partner’s needs
How couple’s therapy can improve Asperger’s marriage problems
There are a number of ways couple’s therapy can help break down the walls between someone with Asperger’s and their neurotypical partner. In the sessions, we concentrate on the following:
- Identifying the specific Asperger’s traits that are contributing to problems in the marriage
- Identifying the neurotypical partner’s needs and expectations for the relationship moving forward
- Discussing what has and hasn’t worked in the relationship so far
- Outlining strategies to manage and change the dysfunctional areas of the relationship
How long will it take to improve Asperger’s marriage difficulties?
The length of time needed to complete couple’s therapy varies depending on the unique circumstances of the relationship. On average, I recommend completing weekly sessions over several months, as working on the relationship with an Asperger’s partner long-term will provide better opportunities for couples to reconnect.
How therapy will help living with an Asperger’s partner
By the end of your couple’s therapy, you will hopefully be able to:
- Overcome negative interactions together respectfully
- Develop a health balance between work and family life
- Improve shared decision making within the relationship
- Set and maintain positive, healthy personal boundaries
- Communicate effectively together
- Develop healthy expectations for the relationship
- Meet each other’s sexual needs
- Improve your system of mutual support
To enquire further about couple’s therapy sessions for Asperger’s partners, please contact me via this form, or telephone: 415-922-1122