When a couple relationship is in conflict, it can be challenging to imagine working through the issue and/or telling a stranger about issues that may be “private”. Couples therapy gives a neutral space to allow both partners to feel heard. Therapists may provide psychoeducation about one or both partner’s potential mental health issues, give assessments to help partners understand one another in a new way, and give exercises for the couple to try outside of therapy.
Couples often get “stuck” in communication and behavior patterns and find themselves having the same or similar arguments over and over again. Bringing these patterns into couples therapy will allow the therapist to interrupt the couple’s “dance” by slowing down the rhythm (slowing down communication patterns), teaching new steps (teaching tools and skills), or possibly even changing the music (teaching new ways to communicate) to enhance a couple’s relationship.
There are many ways “to do” Couples Therapy. Each therapist has their own style of therapy with the clients. There are many theories and techniques; a few that may be used include Prepare/Enrich, Five Love Languages, and Emotion Focused Therapy techniques. It is the partnership between the Therapist and couple to come up with a plan that best suits the situation.
There are many issues that could bring a couple to therapy. These are a few of the reasons with the possibility of others:
- Relationship stress
- Financial stress
- Intimacy differences
This is a brief explanation of Couples Therapy. If you have more questions, please contact us for more information.