Couples therapy is an approach to the therapeutic process that typically includes both parties of an intimate relationship in each session together. The therapist’s goal is to help the pair change how they interact with each other to foster more productive communication. If you are having problems in your romantic relationship, you might consider looking into couples counseling. The skills learned at Grace Counseling are invaluable and can be applied to making your current or future relationship work.

Importance of Communication in Couples Counseling

It may sound cliche, but a lack of ineffective communication is often at the root of many couples’ issues. Each individual communicates differently, with many contributing factors. We also each listen and interpret others differently. Therefore, couples must understand how the other listens and communicates.

From cultural differences to childhood instability, a person’s history can influence how they interpret how people speak to them and how they speak to others. The goal here is to learn how to communicate well with your significant other and because everyone is different, getting there will be different for everyone.

While communication is vital to the process, there will still be tension if there is unresolved conflict within a relationship. Our therapists strive to mediate conflicts and to help couples learn new skills in conflict resolution. This can be rooted in anything from infidelity to financial difficulty. Whatever the challenges you face, an unbiased, trained third party can help bring them to a resolution.

There are several reasons to consider couples therapy, including:

  • Infidelity or adultery
  • Financial problems
  • Sexual challenges
  • Poor communication
  • Parenting challenges
  • Substance abuse
  • Emotional issues like resentment or anger
  • Mental health issues

Common Approaches in Couples Therapy

When many people think of couples therapy, they think of marriage counseling. While this is a major part of couples counseling, it’s not exclusively so. People in long-term or even short-term relationships can benefit from therapy. A major component of couple therapy is conflict resolution, something that can benefit the immediate relationship someone is in and the quality of their future ones. Parenting challenges can also be addressed in couples therapy, where the caregivers of a child or children discover how best to work together to raise and nurture offspring.

Some commonly used approaches in couples counseling include:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy: EFT attempts to reposition standing during disagreements to improve interactions, developing stronger bonds between partners, and recognizing and expanding on emotional responses. It does so by teaching clients how to de-escalate conflicts, change their habits, and use new, more effective communication techniques.
  • The Gottman Method: This approach focuses on increasing affection, closeness, and respect. It is designed to heighten empathy, decrease stress, and improve communication through honesty.
  • Imago Relationship Therapy: This form of couples therapy looks to examine how childhood experiences impact adult relationships. Therapist and clients work to uncover how both positive and negative experiences from youth have carried over into their adult decision-making and expressions. The goal is to reduce blame and alter habits for the better.

Discover What Grace Counseling Has to Offer

Our mental health services at Grace Counseling are designed to meet the unique needs of each client. We work alongside our clients to create a customized and comprehensive therapeutic plan to meet their needs. Other than couples therapy, we offer:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • EMDR therapy
  • Therapy for Women

Our team of experienced and compassionate therapists wants to make a difference. Whether you’re struggling with substance use disorder or need support to improve your mental health, we’re ready to listen to your needs and help. Reach out to us today at 844.564.0712 to learn more about our programs and discover how we can help you.