There can be significant pain and loneliness when we experience problems in our intimate relationships whether married or unmarried. In Couples Therapy a holistic approach is used to look at the interpersonal dynamics, sexual, ethical, and financial factors that play a role in maintaining the problems.
What is couples therapy?
Couples Therapy helps couples — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts or improve their relationship. Couples Therapy gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.
Who can benefit from Couples Therapy?
Most marriages and other relationships aren't perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don't always match the partner's. Those differences don't necessarily mean your relationship is bound for strife. To the contrary, differences can be complementary — you know the saying about opposites attract. These differences can also help people understand, respect and accept opposing views and cultures.
But relationships can be tested. Differences or habits that you once found endearing may now grate on your nerves. Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair, trigger conflict in a relationship. Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.
No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own. But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression. A bad relationship also can create problems on the job and affect other family members, such as children, or your friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.
Couples Therapy can benefit you if you or your partner are dealing with any of these issues or situations that can cause stress in a relationship:
- Substance abuse
- Physical or mental conditions
- Cultural clashes
- Blended families
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing
- Changing roles, such as retirement