We are often faced with painful and challenging periods in our lives. You may be experiencing a sense of hopelessness as you search for a lasting intimate relationship or strive to improve the ones you have.
Relationships can be both satisfying and bring great happiness to our lives. Intimate relationships can provide the support we need to overcome the overwhelming hardships and difficulties we all experience from time to time. However, all too often, couples feel frustrated and powerless when each other’s needs and concerns conflict, and when that resentment turns to hurt, bitterness and anger.
Couples face many pressures that may negatively impact their relationship: views on financial responsibilities, values and goals, communication styles, parenting styles and issues of intimacy. Couples therapy is a useful modality of help for couples who are experiencing these difficulties as well others such as: repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, and resentment.
Couples therapy is based on the premise that individuals and their problems are best handled within the context of the couple’s relationship. The potential personal growth from couples therapy can lead to improved interpersonal relationships, overall adaptation, and contributions to and enjoyment of life. This type of therapy takes place in a concerned, supportive, nonjudgmental, safe environment with the utmost confidentiality.
Typically, both partners in the relationship attend the counseling sessions to discuss the couple’s specific issues. The aim of couples therapy is to help a couple deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating to one another. Creating a mutually fulfilling partnership requires both individuals to be committed to the strengthening of the relationship.
Couples therapy provides a setting in which both partners can feel safe to examine their feelings leading to a deeper understanding of each other’s needs. Both partners work through differences to solve problems in the relationship. In this setting you can clarify your issues and learn skills that will improve your relationship, promote intimacy, and sustain your commitment while preserving your individual identities. With the assistance of a qualified clinician, you can bring peace, stability and communication back into your relationship thus affecting your life as well as the lives of those most impacted by you.