Relationships can be challenging, even when both partners are fully committed and have the best intentions.
If you and your partner are going through a stage in your relationship when the increased difficulties and struggles are making it hard for you to see a way forward together, you may benefit from couples counselling.
Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a therapist uses a variety of therapeutic interventions to help people in romantic relationships gain insight into their relationship. It involves exploration of any conflict between the partners.
Couples therapy often focuses on a specific issue (intimacy, sex issues, infidelity, jealousy, lack of communication, arguing and parenting). The counsellor’s focus is on treating the relationship rather than treating each individual separately.
While couples therapy is not a guarantee that the relationship will last, many couples find benefits that helps them resolve issues and strengthen their relationship. Most couples come away from couples counselling with insight into their patterns, increased emotional expression, increased trust and development of healthy communication skills. These are necessary for an effective conflict resolution and expression of needs without anger or resentment. Couples benefit from therapy because they feel closer to their partner when they can share and listen to each other in a non-judgmental and open environment.