Posted on February 24, 2014
Last modified on May 13, 2019
All relationships have ups and downs. When conflicts or disagreements arise, the differences can sometimes feel as if they are insurmountable. Substance abuse, sex addiction and other mental health issues can further complicate relationships, driving couples apart. Professional intervention through couples counseling can help partners rebuild trust and learn to communicate more effectively.
Couples counseling involves work between a couple and a therapist. It is a method of reconciling differences or recognizing patterns that cause stress within relationships. The role of the therapist is to improve communication and help each of the partners in the couple see how he or she is contributing to difficulties within the relationship.
In couples counseling, a couple meets with a therapist who will work with them and try to help them sort out their differences. This can be emotional work. Often, by the time a couple seeks counseling, the relationship is in turmoil and in danger of being fractured.
Some of the conflicts that may trigger reaching out to a counselor include:
Couples may also reach out to a counselor when they no longer feel connected or in tune with each other.
To be effective, the therapist doesn’t choose sides but instead points out how the partners can each work on their own approach to resolving conflict and their own methods of communication.
In some cases, couples have waited too long to seek counseling or are unable or unwilling to work through their problems. In these cases, the couples counselor can help the individuals make important decisions about how to move forward.
When couples genuinely love each other, there is hope of working through their differences and building a healthier and stronger relationship with the help of a professional counselor.
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