Give your relationship another chance
Romantic partnerships tend to begin on a positive note. We all remember the warm fuzzy feeling on that first date, that first kiss. Over time, couples tend to experience changes in the relationship – sometimes positive, sometimes less so.
Why should we give couples counseling a try?
Sometimes the concern is that the “spark” is gone. Sometimes a couple feels like they just keep missing each other, which results in feeling disconnected, distant, and a couple fighting more frequently than they used to. Other times, a couple may be stuck at the crossroads of a major life decision. Or, they may have taken on stress from other family members or situations, and this is now weighing heavy on both partners. Regardless of what is happening, there is concern and a desire to improve the dynamic. Therefore, each partnership deserves a tailored approach specific to what is happening in the relationship.
Many couples struggle with issues such as:
- Loss of trust
- Anger or hurt
- Major life decisions
- Family issues
- Sex and intimacy
One of the most important dynamics in relationships has to do with intimacy and mystery.
Esther Perel, a psychotherapist and expert of human relationships and sexuality, sees romantic relationships through the idea of paradox. While many of us crave stability and security in our relationships, we also hope for excitement.
It becomes easy to fall into patterns, to go through the motions in our own intimate relationships. Remaining aloof and distant, however, can threaten that same stable relationship we so desire. The key, then, is to maintain a healthy balance, and couples therapy is the ideal place to learn how to do so.
Couples therapy can be the most beautiful and challenging process. The process requires people to get to know themselves better, recognize the assumptions and patterns implicit in the relationship, and turn toward their partner to work together.
What is premarital therapy (or pre-marital counseling)?
If you and your partner are considering marriage, premarital therapy can help ease your transition and prepare you for a long-lasting union.
Premarital therapy is all about providing a safe haven to process, prepare, and be excited about your marriage. Research has consistently shown that premarital counseling can positively impact the relationship and prepare the couple for the stressors that come with marriage (Carrol & Doherty, 2003).
Common issues that come up in premarital therapy might include:
- Worries about trust or commitment
- Expectations regarding sex and intimacy
- Ability to manage and cope with stress
- Family dynamics
- Differences in religion or political views
- Apprehension regarding marriage
- Previous relationships or divorce
In many ways, premarital therapy and couples therapy are very similar! Couples therapists tend to use the same process of identifying communication and attachment issues that may cause distress in the relationship.
If you or your partner are struggling with your relationship, do not wait. Contact us today to schedule your first session and begin to move forward again.
How can couples therapy help?
Couples who are motivated to improve the relationship can benefit from treatment (Lundblad & Hansson, 2006). Psychotherapy is the first line of treatment for families and couples who are looking to enhance their connections and move past the dysfunction (Shadish et al, 1995). As you meet together with a counselor, you will learn how to communicate well, identify disruptive patterns, and work better as a unit. The psychotherapist works hard to help everyone feel supported by maintaining a non-judgmental stance and prioritizing safety and healing.
Do not wait to rebuild your relationships. Let us help!