Couples Therapy Specialist

Brian C. Hocking, PhD

Psychologist located in Charlottesville, VA

You and your intimate partner are engaged in conflicts that seem to have no resolution, and you may even be considering separation. Psychologist Dr. Brian C. Hocking in Charlottesville, Virginia offers couples therapy that helps you learn more effective ways to communicate and resolve conflicts. Men and women in same-sex or different-sex intimate relationships who live in the Charlottesville area can contact Dr. Hocking for couples therapy by calling his office or using the online booking form.

Couples Therapy Q & A

What is couples therapy?

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which Dr. Hocking helps you and your partner improve your relationship by adopting better communication skills and conflict-resolution techniques.

Up to 80% of couples who go through therapy together strengthen their relationships. Couples therapy can benefit anyone who’s in an intimate relationship, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

Why do I need couples therapy?

If you and your partner are considering marriage or cohabitation, couples therapy can help you identify potential problems and devise strategies to cope with them before you live together. You can also use couples therapy to strengthen a marriage or other intimate relationship and to resolve issues that may be causing you distress as a couple, such as:

  • Sexual difficulties
  • Anger and conflicts
  • Feeling disconnected or “out of love”
  • Infidelity
  • Communication problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Problems with children or blended families
  • Physical or emotional abuse

What happens in couples therapy?

Dr. Hocking’s job as your therapist is to learn from you and your partner which parts of your relationship are working and where conflicts lie.

As a neutral, third-party observer, he helps you understand how each of you contributes to your partnership’s success and challenges. He also helps you see how your own beliefs and behaviors contribute to an unwanted situation.

Depending on your needs as a couple, Dr. Hocking may use a variety of therapeutic techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to improve your communication and coping skills. Some of the skills you and your partner learn in couples therapy include:

  • How to communicate more openly
  • How to resolve problems more effectively
  • How to discuss differing opinions rationally

Besides your time with him as a couple, Dr. Hocking may recommend homework assignments that help you and your partner communicate with each other more effectively.

Depending on the situation, he may also want to meet with one or both of you separately. If substance abuse or physical abuse are contributing to your difficulties, Dr. Hocking may also refer you to a specialist for additional treatment or medication.

If you think you and your partner’s relationship would benefit from improved communication skills and conflict resolution techniques, contact Dr. Hocking about couples therapy. You can call his office or use the online form to book a consultation.