Couples Therapy

Conflict occurs between couples on various levels, ranging from small spats to large arguments. Disagreements often result in frustration or lead to constant fights. Unresolved conflicts can change the relationship dynamic. 

What Is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy works for people experiencing communication problems, marital conflict, or who want to talk about issues with an objective third party. A trained therapist can provide couples therapy to gain insights, resolve disputes, and improve the relationship.

The therapist will use the first few sessions to learn about your reasons for pursuing counseling. During the sessions, your therapist will ask how you met, your early marriage years, and other aspects of your lives. A full account of your relationship will help your therapist create an appropriate treatment plan.

How Can Couples Therapy Help?

Couples therapy includes individual therapy sessions. A couples therapist can help you work on personal problems, develop your strengths, and improve weaknesses. One-on-one sessions with a therapist allow you to discuss things you might have trouble saying in front of your partner.

Resolve Underlying Problems

During couples counseling, the therapist will help both partners see their relationship objectively. The therapists will observe how you both interact. Couples should look at their problems from each other’s perspectives instead of blaming one another.

The therapist will build a hypothesis about the contributing factors that affect your relationship. The therapist will use different strategies to change your relationship dynamic and how you interact with each other. 

Grow Closer to One Another

Couples who avoid sharing feelings grow apart. A therapist can encourage couples to express their fears and emotions. Relationship-based couples therapy makes couples less fearful of expressing their desires and needs.

Some adults who fail to establish secure emotional attachments as children carry unmet needs into their adult relationships. Fear of rejection makes it extremely difficult for people to show how much they need their partners. The therapist will enable you and your partner to express your true feelings to form a closer bond.

Types of Couples Therapy

  1. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): EFT aims to improve the bond and attachment between partners. The therapist can tell you what causes emotional detachment and change those patterns.
  2. Gottman Method: The Gottman method helps identify conflict areas and teaches couples how to resolve them. It can enhance friendship and intimacy levels with your partner.
  3. Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT): BCT shapes a couple’s behavior by encouraging good habits while discouraging those that cause negativity.

What Is Couples Therapy Used For?

A couple’s time in counseling will focus on establishing goals and increasing relationship satisfaction. For instance, if your partner’s affair causes you to feel resentment and anger, you may need guidance on how to handle those feelings. Arguments between couples revolve around:
  • Inadequate attention or affection
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Poor communication
  • Broken trust
  • Constant arguments
  • Dysfunctional behavior
  • Jealousy and infidelity
  • Child upbringing
  • Chores and responsibilities
  • Future plans and finances
Couples therapy can help you improve physical and emotional intimacy. Regular sessions with a therapist can assist couples in maintaining and enhancing their relationship.

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