Couples in distress have much to gain from seeking support from a skilled professional and having a neutral third-party help them move toward positive change and repair roadblocks interfering with relationship health and satisfaction.
Issues Addressed | Benefits | What to Expect If your passion is fading, you feel you are now roommates instead of lovers, or you are in a high-conflict relationship without a road map, couples counseling may be exactly what you need.
Expect to take an active role in therapy and remember to be honest and ask questions if you are unsure of where counseling is going.
Giving your therapist feedback is also helpful in getting the most out of the process.
For example, you may leave an appointment feeling emotionally drained or fatigued or just the opposite — lighter, refreshed, calmer, or somewhere in the middle.
The first appointment(s) generally consist of the therapist gathering background information, and a personal and relationship history through an assessment.
Understanding that the counseling process may be uncomfortable or may bring up unpleasant emotions will aid you in making the most out of the experience.
There is no need to feel ashamed or discouraged if a counseling session creates emotional heaviness.
Therapy should be a safe place for difficult dialogues, and validation and empathy from your therapist.
Couples counseling (aka couples therapy, marital therapy, relationship counseling, marriage counseling) helps couples face issues and differences.