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What People Might Not Know About Couples Therapy

Relationships are a long journey and are not without many hurdles and challenges. Much of the time struggles with communication, unresolved conflicts and hurts, and even just the struggles of everyday life can affect intimate relationships.

When people hear the term “couples therapy” they may think of images or scenes from movies

of a distressed couple sitting on a couch, arms crossed, trying to salvage a collapsing marriage as a last resort. Usually by this point it is too late. Actually, many couples come to therapy way too late. A proactive approach goes a long way here, coming in before the hurts pile up and needs continue to go unmet.

Here are some things that people may not realize about couples therapy.

It’s not just for couples in crisis. Your relationship doesn’t need to be in crisis or failing to

benefit from couples therapy. It can help you improve their communication skills, build or

rebuild trust, strengthen your bond, and find a better dynamic in your relationship.

You don’t need to be married to try couples counselling. Couples therapy can be for couples at any stage of a relationship and any type of relational dynamic.

Your therapist won’t make you or your partner change. Any change that you want to happen, happens because of the effort that you are putting in. It takes work and effort to implement new patterns and habits that benefit your relationship.

You’ll explore your own issues. Knowing your triggers like words or situations that

provoke aggression or defensiveness can help you and your partner prevent and resolve

conflict in a more productive way.

You will grow, no matter what happens. Going to couples therapy isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a testament to the strength of a couple’s commitment to growth.

Couples therapy offers a safe space for partners to explore their emotions, learn effective communication techniques (sometimes we don’t even know we aren't an effective communicator), and rediscover the joy in their relationship. It provides a space

where partners can gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their significant other,

leading to emotional intimacy and enhancing the overall quality of their relationship.

If you and your partner are having difficulties in your intimate relationship and your efforts to resolve them, aren’t working, you may want to consider couples therapy. The sooner you reach out, the sooner a therapist can help you find common ground and end up in a stronger position to move forward together in your relationship.

~ Laura, Clinical Therapist

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