The Benefits of Couples Counseling
Nov 10, 2016
Why seek couples counseling? After all, the most successful couples are the ones able to handle their issues without professional help, right? Wrong. Seeking therapy doesn't mean your relationship is unable to sustain itself without assistance, nor does it mean you've failed in your role as a life partner. Therapy is a tool used to help strengthen the bond between you and your companion. Couples should be able to live happily in a healthy relationship where openness and communication come naturally. Here are 3 of the many benefits of couples counseling:
Therapy Invites Openness
Quarrels in relationships are inevitable and not necessarily a bad thing as long as they're constructive. Problems often arise in the heat of an argument when, for example, you're trying to communicate your feelings and your partner feels attacked and refuses to listen. It's difficult to reach a place of agreement when so many emotions are causing you or your partner to close up. Your therapist will create a safe environment for openness, one in which both of you can express your concerns freely.
Openness Improves Communication
The phrase, communication is key, could not be more accurate. Many of the issues couples face on a frequent basis could be resolved with effective communication. Learning when and how to talk to your partner, and doing so in a way that will bring about a positive change is vital. A therapist can help you and your partner adapt effective methods for handling conflict.
Communication Creates Understanding
There is always a reason why you do the things you do. Your partner may behave in a way that's displeasing to you and vice versa, but you may not even be aware of the cause. The beliefs responsible for your behaviors are buried deep within your subconscious mind. Your therapists' role is to help uncover those beliefs in order to change that pattern of thinking. If you can begin to understand the behavior of your significant other, you may find yourself more empathetic and willing to help resolve the conflict between you.
Being in a relationship is a beautiful, exciting adventure, but it also requires a bit of hard work and can be challenging at times. Again, getting assistance is not a sign of failure. It's actually quite the opposite: the first step on the path to a successful, long-lasting commitment to the one you love. Please contact me if you're in the Fresno area and in need of couples counseling.