What is Couples Counseling?
Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy that can aid in the improvement of your relationship with your partner. If you are having relationship problems, couples therapy can help you rebuild your relationship.
Couples therapy can address a wide range of relationship issues, including recurring conflicts, feelings of disconnection, an affair, issues related to sex, or difficulties due to external stressors.
What you can expect?
Don’t know what to expect in each couples therapy session? Typically, the first couples therapy session begins with some standard interview questions about the relationship's history, followed by a deep dive into each partner's family of origin, values, and cultural background. If necessary, the therapist or marriage counselor may use the initial sessions for crisis intervention.
The couple's therapist will then assist the couple in identifying the issue that will be the focus of treatment, establishing treatment goals, and planning a structure for treatment for each counseling session.
During treatment, the therapist will help the couple gain insight into the relational dynamics creating the problem and guide both partners to understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. This greater insight on relationship issues and distress will help them change the way they perceive the relationship and each other.
Although gaining insight is important, changing behaviors is also an important aspect of couples therapy. Couples therapists will frequently assign homework to partners in order for them to apply the skills they have learned in therapy to their day-to-day interactions.
Most couples come away from therapy with greater knowledge of their relational patterns and with the necessary skills to effectively communicate and problem-solve with their partners.
Things to Consider
Couples therapy should ideally involve both you and your partner. If your partner is unwilling to participate, you can choose to do couples therapy alone to better understand your relationship and how to improve it.
If you and your partner go through it together, you may find that one or both of you require separate therapy sessions to address the issues raised in couples therapy.
Counseling sessions at Life Source are provided on a sliding scale basis, with a minimum of $30.00 per 50 minute session. Victims of Crime Compensation is accepted. Please note that because we offer affordable counseling rates, we are not able to accept insurance.
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