Couples therapy is a very specialized area of treatment. It’s important that you choose a therapist who has been trained and has experience in working with couples. Choosing to work with a trained professional offers couples exposure to new ideas and different ways of approaching your relationship. You will be introduced to proven techniques and interventions that address the struggles that have led you to seek help. Working with a therapist as opposed to keeping the status quo can make all the difference in the world. Your world.
Through the years I have been practicing, I have come to realize that although problems in relationships may be very similar in general, each couple will experience and work the therapy process in their own way. I aid and encourage couples in discovering the strengths in their partnership. I assist them in identifying the behavior patterns that prevent partners from connecting in the ways they desire most, and gain confidence in their ability to problem solve. Helping couples to understand themselves as individuals promotes empathy and an increased willingness to find mutual ground and understanding.
Therapy is not an easy venture. What is required of you as a couple is a time commitment and a commitment to the process of therapy. There may be “homework” between sessions which is important in making progress toward your goal. You don’t need to feel confident that therapy will work for you, but you should feel confident in your willingness to do your part. Where there is hope, there are possibilities.
Other common issues of focus with couples in therapy are:
- Extended family
- Intimacy and sexuality
- Roles and responsibilities