Are You In A long-term relationship that Has Grown Distant Over time?
Do You And Your Partner Experience Frequent Conflict & Communication Challenges?
Is Your Relationship Too Hard to Stay Yet Too Good To Leave?
Couple's Therapy Can Help You Find Your Way!
If you are a couple in distress, you are not alone! Our relationship with an intimate partner or spouse is one of the closest connections we will have in our life. Intimacy, trust, love, comfort and support are important needs we seek to fulfill in our intimate partner relationships. The quest to have these important needs met, however, makes us vulnerable. The risk of being hurt, exposed and rejected are all enhanced in an intimate partner relationship.
Couple’s therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps you and your partner work through relationship challenges you have been unable to resolve on your own. At Counselling Associates, we work with romantic partners of all types to improve communication, resolve conflict and strengthen the intimate partnership.
Why Do Couples Seek Therapy?
As all intimate partnerships experience periods of conflict and discontent, many couples are unsure when or if they should seek professional help. The issues that prompt couples to seek help often start small and become harder to manage over time. Whether to resolve a long-standing issue or to prevent an emerging one from getting worse, it may be time to get help when one or both partners:
Violated trust from infidelity an emotional affair, secrets
Are fighting about the same issue, with no resolution
Have difficulty communicating feelings, needs and wants honestly
Have fallen out of love; feel like roommates
Are jealous; demanding, controlling; suspicious
Have become distant and withdrawn
Are sexually dissatisfied, incompatible, unfulfilled
Have threatened to end the relationship
Are struggling with an addiction (e.g. alcohol, porn, shopping, work)
Allow in-laws or extended family interference, over-involvement
Are disrespectful, suspicious; defensive or hostile
Disagree on important matters (e.g. finances, parenting, division of household duties)
Other forms of Relationship Counselling for couples include:
Counselling for Separation
Counselling for Parallel parenting, custody arrangements
Couples therapy for one
Counselling for non-traditional relationships (e.g. polyamory)
Discernment Counselling (e.g. mixed agenda - one wants out)
How does Couples Therapy Work?
Once you and your partner come to therapy, you will meet with a Counselling Associates couple’s therapist who will assess your relationship, provide feedback, and collaborate with both of you to determine how therapy can be most helpful.
In couples counselling the relationship between you and your partner is the focus. This means that your therapist will not take one partner’s side over the other. He or she will instead work to identify what each partner needs to feel important, loved and respected in the relationship and show you healthy ways to make those needs known.
How Can Couples Therapy Help My Relationship?
At Counselling Associates we utilize a highly effective approach to working with couples called Emotion Focused Therapy. EFT takes into account the uniqueness of each couple and has proven beneficial for dating, engaged or married couples of all ages, religions, cultures, education levels and sexual orientations.
With Emotion Focused Therapy you and your partner can:
Find a shared vision for your relationship
Increase respect, connection and closeness
Rebuild safety and trust
Improve communication skills
Learn effective problem solving skills
Renew your commitment to the relationship
Even if it is good now, couples therapy can make the most important relationship in your life better.
In Couples Counselling Timing Can Make A Difference!
Research shows that couples wait an average of 6 to 7 years from the time serious challenges start before they seek therapy. Making an early commitment to work on your relationship can be hugely beneficial over the long term. Your relationship is too important to wait for frustration and resentment to set in. Asking for help is not a sign of shame but a commitment to getting your relationship back on track. Reach out today and begin the journey toward a happier and healthier partnership! Time is your biggest asset.