The reason why people begin relationships is to enhance and enrich their lives. However, intimate relationships can be challenging. Years ago, people either suffered through these challenges or ended the relationship. More people are now open to discovering alternatives to help change their circumstances.
Therapy For Couples
Couples’ therapy will help partners achieve this with a blend of psychotherapy, education, and mediation. It can be helpful to have an objective party collaborate with a couple to help build a stronger foundation for their relationships.
Understanding The True Value Of Communication
Although communication is not necessarily taught, it also does not necessarily come naturally. The ability to communicate well is the most crucial factor that distinguishes happy relationships from unhappy ones. However, communication can be especially challenging in intimate relationships because of the strong emotions that are involved. Lack of communication is a common occurrence that, when allowed to continue, can result in additional damage to a relationship.
From therapy, couples can learn communication tools to help them improve their abilities to express their feelings and thoughts and listen better to their partner. Learning and integrating these techniques is an essential part of helping couples to effectively communicate.
Listening - And Being Listened To
Couples’ therapy can help teach partners that listening to the other person is equally important as speaking one’s mind. It is common for couples to argue about who is right and who is wrong, when it is often more about differing perspectives. The quote “Would you rather be right or happy?” comes to mind.
Untangling The Web With A Qualified, Compassionate Therapist
We all have our own way of thinking and our own way of getting things done. When two individuals come together in a relationship, these two worlds collide. Couples’ therapy can help each partner understand the other’s outlook. From here, partners can find ways of negotiating or accepting their differences.
Anyone who is serious about maintaining their relationship will benefits from couples’ therapy. Even the strongest relationships can be further enhanced and grow stronger. Early intervention is important because as time goes on, ineffective behavior patterns become more embedded.
With the aid of a qualified therapist, couples can bring peace, fulfillment, and stability into their relationships. It is common for people to feel reluctant to begin couples’ therapy. However, the benefits of therapy can be developed so long as both parties are willing to at least be a part of the process. Reluctance can be worked through, especially when the members of a couple begin to see just how much can be gained from therapy.
My experience has also shown me that many partners experience difficulties before they are even married or have made a lifetime commitment to one another. This often raises the concern that the relationship is not meant to be. In reality, many couples find later in their relationship that the issues they face were present before they were committed. The sooner these issues are addressed, the easier it is to find solutions.
Couples can learn how to use their creativity to better understand themselves, each other, and preserve the strength of their relationship as they go through life’s challenges. An important part of couples’ therapy is to help people rekindle the connection that brought them together in the first place. The goals are not only to work through problems and change patterns, but to identify and nurture the aspects that helped the relationship develop to begin with.
I have been asked hundreds of times whether or not couples’ therapy really works. The truth is that so long as both members of a couple are motivated and willing to put in the work and connect with an experienced couples specialist, our practice has found it to be very successful. The love that you feel today is worth saving for.
By: Kathleen Dwyer Blair, LCSW, BCD