How will Marriage Counseling help you?
- Resolve conflict
- Learn new communication skills
- Therapy guides you both through your positive skills
- Grow better, together
It is common for couples even in strong relationships and marriages to have difficulty at times. This is because we each bring our communication and coping skill sets into our relationships, and at some point in the relationship those skills might be clashing or might not be developed enough to handle stressors that the relationship encounters. If the couple can’t move past these glitches on their own, couples counseling can be very effective at helping them learn new skills and new ways of relating. Interestingly, our best research indicates that even the healthiest couples disagree up to 70% of the time on crucial issues, so the good news is that we don’t have to aim for convincing our partners to see things our way to achieve happiness in relationships.
Couples counseling helps you to learn which of your current skill sets are working for you in the relationship, and what skills need to be developed. Having a neutral and objective therapist in the conversation helps the process to remain productive, calm, and allow each of you to have support in the change process. The therapist is able to point out areas that both of you need to gain more perspective on and areas for growth. Finally, the therapist is there to explain why certain things are happening in the relationship and teach more effective skills to get better outcomes.