Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps both partners in a couple deal with issues that arise between them to improve their relationship and build a healthy connection. It is a viable option for couples experiencing problems at any stage of their relationship, including dating, engaged, and married couples. It is also beneficial for healthy couples looking to find ways to strengthen their connection and communication.
Couples therapy addresses various problems, such as lack of communication, frequent disagreements, or emotional distance. This type of therapy can last months or years, depending on the severity of the problems in the relationship and the amount of effort a couple is willing to put in. The couples therapist employs different therapeutic strategies and interventions to help you and your partner depending on your goals.
What are the benefits of couples therapy?
- Couples therapy offers many advantages, including:
- Understanding yourself and your partner better
- Identifying and resolving conflicts
- Improving communication and collaboration
- Strengthening your friendship and attachment
- Removing dysfunctional or harmful behavior
- Improving the quality of your interactions and relationship
Which problems are addressed in couples therapy?
Couples therapy can help couples overcome different relationship issues, such as:
Having poor communication can cause a lot of damage to a relationship. Couples therapy allows both partners to speak freely in a non-judgmental environment, which helps improve their communication over time.
Trust is an essential part of any relationship. The therapist focuses on addressing trust issues so that both partners can work together to re-establish trust in their relationship.
Discussing finances with your partner can be unpleasant and cause a lot of friction in relationships. Couples therapy can help couples establish their financial goals and talk about income and spending patterns.
Talking about the topic of children can be stressful, especially if you and your spouse are not on the same page. The therapist can help couples decide if they want to have children and make plans on how they want to raise them.
Couple therapy can help you and your partner resolve disagreements with other family members, such as parents, grandparents, or siblings.
A therapist can teach you and your partner problem-solving techniques to resolve issues brought on by external factors affecting your relationship, such as your friends or job.
What are the treatment approaches used for couples therapy?
Our therapist may use an integrated approach to treatment, drawing on approaches from several types of therapy to meet your specific goals and requirements.
The most common treatment approaches used in couples counseling include:
1- The Gottman technique
This technique involves addressing areas of conflict, identifying different triggers and shared ideals, and learning problem-solving skills.
2- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT includes identifying the thought patterns that are negatively impacting the behaviors of both partners and that brought them to couples counseling.
3- Behavioral therapy or behavioral couples therapy (BCT)
BCT is a type of therapy that involves praising positive behaviors that enhance stability and satisfaction while discouraging negative behaviors.
4- Solution-focused therapy
Solution-focused therapy helps couples identify their present and future goals and make plans to reach them.
5- Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
EFT focuses on identifying the couple’s feelings by discussing troubling incidents from their relationship and examining the underlying emotions that contributed to those situations.
6- Discernment counseling
This technique is used when one partner wants to save the relationship while the other wants to end it. It allows the couple to discover all alternatives before making a final decision about their relationship’s future.
What to expect during couples therapy?
Couples therapy sessions usually take an hour and can be offered to couples occasionally, weekly, or monthly. During your first session, our therapist will ask questions about your relationship’s history and about each partner’s family and medical history. These questions will help the therapist determine the source of your relationship problems.
The therapist will then work with you to develop a treatment plan and therapy goals for each counseling session. The plan will help you communicate in a healthier manner to understand each other better and develop new approaches to conflict resolution. Couples therapists frequently assign homework to help couples apply what they have learned in treatment to their everyday relationships.
What to expect after couples therapy?
After your counseling session, you will leave with a better understanding of your relationship patterns and the essential tools to solve problems with your partner. You will be able to continue to work on your relationship with what you learned without the help of a therapist.
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