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Games & Couples

Games & Couples is a program developed by psychologist & avid gamer Colin Auschrat. He recognized the act of playing cooperative games together provides many opportunities to apply the principles of Gottman Method Couples Therapy in a casual, relaxed, FUN way. Incorporating board games into couples therapy can offer a unique and engaging way to address relationship challenges, enhance interpersonal skills, and strengthen emotional connections. It’s a creative approach that combines the therapeutic process with the universal joy of play.

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Why Board Games?

Board games can be an unexpectedly effective tool in couples therapy for several reasons. They promote communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, which are fundamental components of healthy relationships. Here’s a deeper look into why board games might be beneficial in couples therapy:

At Auschrat Online Counselling, we believe board games can enhance relationships.

Board games are a great way to make or strengthen a connection with your partner. At G&C, we take a look at various board games and rate their playability from the lens of making deeper connections. We show what games are competitive vs. cooperative, and we look at how they work to build your relationship and have fun at the same time.

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Love in the age of board games

Check out our videos on YouTube where we compare board games and score them based on communication, connection, and conflict.

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