The aim of couple counseling is to help a couple deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general.Couple counseling is based on the premise that individuals and their problems are best handled within the context of the couple’s relationship. Typically, both partners in the relationship attend the counseling session to discuss the couple’s specific issues. Couple counseling is a useful modality of help for couples who are experiencing difficulties such as repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, resentment and or dissatisfaction or lack of interest in affection or in a physical relationship with one another.
Couples counseling helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and improve their relationship. Couple counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way. Couple counseling, is generally provided by licensed therapists known as marriage and family therapists. These therapists provide the same mental health services as other therapists, but with a specific focus — a couple’s relationship.
Couples counseling can be short term. You may need only a few sessions to help you weather a crisis. Illness, infidelity, sex, anger, communication problems — all can contribute to distress in marriages or other relationships. Couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds.
Who can benefit from Couple Counseling?
Your relationship is on the rocks, and you both know it. But you aren’t sure how to fix things It may be time for couple counseling. Couple counseling can help you rebuild your relationship. Or decide that you’ll both be better off if you split up. Either way, couple counseling can help you understand your relationship better and make well-thought-out decisions. Couple counseling can help you:
- gain a better understanding of each other’s wants and needs
- increase mutual respect
- Resolve issues in a new relationship,
- facilitate and enhance communication
- Revive the spark in an established partnership,
- more readily experience and express love and happiness
- Prevent an impending divorce
- End a relationship on amicable termsJust about anyone can benefit
When to seek Couple Counseling
Couples today feel increasingly isolated and are expected to manage their lives and families without the community supports that in the past were a primary resource in raising children and meeting family needs. Couples in our present culture are less bound by family traditions and are freer than ever before to develop relationships unlike those of the families that they were raised in.
With the aid of a qualified Couple Counselor, couples can bring peace, stability and communication back into their relationship thus affecting their lives and the lives of those most impacted by them and their relationship.
In an article published in The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, clients of 526 couple counselors were surveyed, and 91% of the clients said they were satisfied with the amount of help they received. Unfortunately, most unhappy couples don’t start couple counseling as early as they should. They tell themselves that they are too busy, or they don’t want to spend the money – but how much is a happy relationship worth? Studies show that the average couple waits six to seven years beyond the time the relationship starts to unravel before they decide to seek couple counseling.
Many counselors are reluctant to work with couples and prefer to work only with individuals. But I love working with couples and I have helped many of them. I keep current on the latest research so that I can help you get your relationship back on track.