What is couples therapy?
Couples therapy is an effective form of mental health treatment for couples who are looking to improve their relationship. This type of counseling focuses on identifying the sources of difficulties, such as communication issues or unresolved conflict, and then provides both partners with strategies to better understand each other and ultimately restore a healthy connection.
The main goal of couples therapy is to help each individual in the couple cope better with their own emotions while at the same time learning more effective ways of working through difficult issues together. It helps partners learn what it means to give and receive love, trust again, and have healthy emotional boundaries which are essential for a strong connection.
Benefits of couples therapy
Couples therapy can be a great way to address issues faced by couples who find themselves in challenging situations.
Some of the many benefits of couples therapy include:
- Providing a neutral space for couples to communicate openly and honestly
- Learning how different behavioral patterns affect the relationship dynamic
- Facilitating deeper understanding and intimacy between partners
- Creating greater clarity on each other’s values and expectations
- Strengthening overall commitment and connection
- Helping to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or relationship-related stress
- Teach partners to better communicates
Does couples therapy work?
Many individuals may see the idea of couples counseling as a last resort or go into the process asking, “Will couples therapy work for me?”
While it is not a silver bullet solution to all relationship woes, those who are willing to invest the necessary time and effort into the process may reap lasting benefits. Couples therapy is an ideal option for those who need a safe, neutral space to navigate through conflicts or change, or who want to work on personal growth together.
Before beginning counseling, talk to your partner about your personal and shared objectives for therapy. This will help lay a foundation to achieve common goals and ensure you are working toward the same thing.
Ultimately, couples will get out of it what they put in – if there’s genuine commitment from both partners, this form of therapy has tremendous potential.
Find couples therapy online or in-person near you
Couples therapy can help mitigate the negative effects of communication problems, financial stressors, and other relationship difficulties. Our team of experienced providers offers online and in-person sessions to fit your needs. Find a Geode location near you to learn more about how we can help you repair and improve your relationship.
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