Central Indiana couples can safeguard the health of their relationships with a free Couples Checkup, courtesy of the Counseling Center at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS). The 50-minute sessions will be offered throughout the month of February. Walk-in Couples Checkups are available throughout Valentine’s week. Scheduled checkups will be held throughout the same week, and will continue through the end of the month, by appointment only.
Couples Checkups focus on helping partners nurture their emotional connection and enhance their intimacy through improved communication, empathy and understanding. Each session begins with both participants completing a questionnaire which is reviewed by a member of the CTS Counseling Center. Using the information provided, a CTS therapist provides suggestions to enhance the couple’s relationship. Based on a proven model called Emotionally Focused Therapy, this program is designed to strengthen bonds and give each partner the tools needed to work through any bumps a relationship may encounter.
According to CTS Counseling Center Director Suzanne Coyle, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy, and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at CTS, the checkups can benefit even vibrant relationships. “Practicing open communication and empathy is important throughout a relationship. Acknowledging interest and empathizing with one’s partner is a powerful way for couples to demonstrate their investment in each other,” Dr. Coyle said.
Couples Checkups may be scheduled between February 10 - 28 by calling (317) 924-5205. Or, just drop-in for a walk-in checkup February 10 - 13, between 8-10 am, 2-4 pm, and 6-8 pm; February 14, 8 am-12 pm; and February 15, 9-11 am. The Counseling Center at Christian Theological Seminary is located at 1050 West 42nd St. in Indianapolis.
Listen to WIBC host Terry Stacy interview CTS Professor Dr. Suzanne Coyle about the Couples Checkup.
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