Couple therapy is for individuals and couples who need to make changes in their present situation. Life can be stressful, this in turn can take a toll on the strongest of relationships. Distress may be caused by growing conflict, poor communication, difficulty with acknowledging or expressing feelings, sexual issues or a range of other factors. The couples therapist views the relationship as the “client” – this means that the relationship is the focus of therapy rather than either of the partners.
Couples therapy gives partners a chance to explore challenging relationship questions in a safe environment. Couples deal with how to address ongoing difficulties, enhance intimacy, or how to renew the love they once shared. Couples can learn how to handle differences together, without falling into the traps that lead to resentment, detachment or fighting. This is a non-judgmental source of support. This work can help you understand and come to terms with the problems in your relationship and help you to work together towards your own solutions.
Some of the issues that can contribute to distress in a couple
- Communication problems
- Dealing with differences
- Stress in relationship
- Differences in Parenting styles