The dynamics in family/partner relationships can become quite complex, often reaching a point where there is significant dysfunction among family members/partners, often pertaining to ineffective communication styles and misunderstanding each other. In my experience, however, this is not what any members of the relationship desire, yet we can easily get stuck in patterns that do not serve the best interest of anyone. Using the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Practice, we can examine the deeper patterns and emotions underlying the current issues and learn new ways of communicating that are based on a compassionate understanding of each other’s experiences. We can also examine your Valued Direction as a family/partners and look at the obstacles that get in the way of living in alignment with this and how to overcome these. This includes some mindfulness-based work as well, focused on noticing our own automatic reactions to things that trigger us, and learning how to consciously choose how to respond instead, with each person holding space for the other to practice these skills. Sometimes, this work requires individual sessions as well, as often we need to go on our own personal healing journey to be able to function better in a relationship.