How Couples Therapy Can Strengthen Your Relationship?
Couples therapy isn’t about pointing fingers or placing blame —it’s about learning practical tools and strategies to communicate and work toward a healthy relationship. It is for any type of couple. Seeking individual treatment with a professional counselor can also help individuals work on an intimate relationship at their own pace.
Maintaining a positive, supportive relationship with one’s partner in the face of expected and unusual life stress is one of the biggest challenges many couples face, so finding a therapist focused on supporting you and your partner to build a stronger bond is a must.
How Does Couples Counseling Work?
Couples therapy works by helping couples identify and manage their unique challenges. While couples counselors’ approaches may vary, couples therapy sessions often involve the following elements, among others:
- A focus on specific issues, such as misconception, codependency, and dissatisfied sex life, along with many other specific relationship issues.
- Change-oriented interventions, which help guide the two partners to better relationship satisfaction.
- A clear outline of treatment objectives to track progress and paint a clear picture of where the couple is headed.
What Are the Benefits of Couples Therapy?
Get an impartial sounding board
Finding a good couples therapist means having someone you both trust. Your therapist can listen to what you’re both saying and then give honest, impartial, unbiased feedback. Sometimes hearing someone else discussing our problems allows us to look at our relationship through a new lens.
Begin to see each other’s perspectives
Couples therapy often allows two people to really begin to see each other’s perspectives. It’s common to see a relationship through just our own lens and perspective. It’s our feelings that matter, and it can be hard to understand or accept our partner’s point of view.
Learn strategic and effective coping skills
We should know that no relationship is perfect, and there will be difficult times you need to learn to navigate. Having the right coping skills in place can help you and your partner get through these challenging times.
It opens your eyes
Most of us have an image in our minds of a perfect couple, a peaceful office, and a family without conflict.
But when we do experience ebbs and flows in those relationships, it can be difficult to stay the course. A marriage counselor can help explain what a healthy and productive relationship looks like, which includes the following cornerstones:
“We” not “me” language
Seek a professional help
Whether you’re the one suffering or you’re on the other side of it, there could be years of pain, heartache, and grief pent up inside. Couples counseling can help you verbally express these issues in a safe place.
Are you considering attending a session with your partner? Contact Dr. Carla now to see how she can help.