Couples therapy assists couples resolve conflicts and build a more enriched and satisfying relationship. Many couples come to counseling seeking more love and intimacy, better communication, and/ or a more satisfying sexual relationship. Couples therapy helps to create a neutral space to explore emotionally-charged issues in the relationship with the help of a therapist. Common issues include explored during therapy include: threats of divorce, communication problems, infidelity, sexual problems, issues with money, drug and alcohol use, work commitments, lack of emotional intimacy, power struggles, and parenting or family problems. Couples therapy may be as brief as 3 to 5 sessions, or continue for months. Many couples; however, can reach their goals and gain the tools they need for lasting change in as little as 8 to 12 sessions. If during the therapy process, it becomes apparent that one or both partners may be struggling with individual issues that would be best supported in personal individual therapy, the couples therapist will make a referral for adjunctive therapy and discuss this with the couple
What issues might be addressed in Couples Therapy?
- Emotional enmeshment or estrangement.
- Not feeling like you are on the “same page.”
- Trouble with intimacy.
- Sexual concerns.
- Communication concerns.
- Fighting excessively.
- Impact of trauma.
- Overly critical or withholding what is important to you.
- Desire to strengthen your commitment to each other.
- Exploring ways to have increased satisfaction.
- Navigating recovery from sexual abuse.
- Recovery for one or both of the partners from an addiction.
- The presence of depression, anxiety, bipolar or other mental illness in one or both partners.
- Parenting a special needs child.
- Longing to rekindle love, passion and excitement.