Robert Gratton, Ph.D., LCSW
147 Durham Road
Madison, CT 06443
"Dr. Gratton knows what couples need to do to make their relationships work."
Founder and Director, Relational Life Institute
Most traditional outpatient therapeutic techniques are designed and based upon insurance company requirements which effectively limit the length and frequency of couple's sessions regardless of need and effectiveness. My intensive therapeutic method, with sessions lasting 2 to 3 hours each, provides the couple with: 1) a deep understanding of the issues the couple brings for help and must confront, 2) an in-depth and clear identification of each partner's individual and relational problem areas, 3) their problematic communication patterns and behaviors, and 4) what needs to be done to correct them.
Each partner's relationship life experience is assessed and the therapeutic needs explained and mapped out, all within the first session. Importantly, I take sides against all pain giving behaviors, especially where one partner's issue(s) is essentially the greater cause of the relationship dysfunction."Neutrality," a common therapeutic error, is neither a part of my practice methods nor helpful to most couples. If a partner is acting out in any fashion I will take the matter to task and deal with it squarely. Without such frank discussion, many distressed couples experience increasing frustration with one another (and often with the therapeutic process), leading many to premature dissolution without getting the help they needed.
Needless to say, not all relationships are salvageable. Some, for the health and well-being of one or both partners, should end with fresh starts begun. Some couples begin therapy effectively stuck in a loveless relationship. Under these circumstances I help guide the couples to end their relationship with grace and dignity for all concerned.
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