What is couples therapy or marriage counseling?
Couples therapy or marriage counseling is a type of psychotherapy designed to help couples identify issues or conflicts and work together to improve and repair the relationship. Couples therapy and counseling work to help each person recognize their part in the disharmony and begin to improve ways of relating.
What are the issues treated in couples therapy or marriage counseling?
There are many reasons a couple might be seeking therapeutic help.
A good relationship is where you feel the most deeply understood, appreciated, accepted, desired, loved, and liked. Marriage can be the ultimate environment for building bonds of trust and intimacy. But now, you may feel that something has happened between the two of you, gradually or recently, that has threatened or damaged that bond. You feel lost, not knowing the road back to each other, and maybe wondering if all is lost.
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is a relationship expert. Couples therapy can help you rebuild intimacy by sorting through your conflicts in a collaborative, realistic, and goal-oriented way.
Commit to exploring the truth about yourself and your relationship
How many people will confess that they have had a significant argument over the toothpaste tube or the direction of the pull of a roll of toilet paper? Too many! Toothpaste and toilet paper conflicts can subliminally signify control and domination. Understanding yourself as an individual and part of the relationship explores the truth beneath the disagreement.
Stage 1 - Assessing the relationship status and creating a plan of action
Stage 2 – Expressing yourselves and managing emotions and needs
Stage 3 – Exploring history and relationship dynamics to gain an understanding of what happened that made the relationship vulnerable
Stage 4 – Doing repair and rebuilding trust
Stage 5 – Working through personal and relationship issues and creating a new relationship
The process is useful, and should the relationship end, hopefully, each party has uncovered and learned something about themselves that they would bring to their next relationship.