Restore your connection and revive your relationship with Couples Counseling.
Do You Feel Like Your Relationship Is Falling Apart?
Do you find it hard to communicate with your partner? Has affection and intimacy faded from your relationship? Are you or your partner slowly withdrawing from your relationship?
The beginning of your relationship might have felt like a honeymoon. You and your partner rarely argued, and when you did, you forgave each other quickly. You hoped that the butterflies would never disappear – but now, your relationship feels strained and tense. In the past, you felt like nothing could drive a wedge between you, yet you can no longer ignore the problems you’re facing.
You’re Worried That Your Relationship Is In Jeopardy
Perhaps you and your partner have been arguing more frequently, and you feel unheard and disrespected. Maybe you’re rarely intimate anymore, making you feel unwanted. Or perhaps a lack of communication has left you questioning whether something is wrong with you or your partner, or if the relationship can even be saved. You wish that you and your partner could tackle these issues together, but you no longer feel like you’re part of a team. Instead, you feel isolated, even when you’re with your partner.
If you’re dealing with problems like these, you might assume that you and your partner have reached the end of the road. But there is hope for your relationship. With support from a couples counselor, you can work together to resolve these issues, improve your communication skills, and revive the spark you once had.
Every Couple Experiences Highs and Lows
Every couple hits a few bumps in the road. Even the healthiest couples will inevitably face obstacles in their relationships because as you evolve and grow as people, the way you express love and expect to receive love are likely to change. No matter how much you love one another, you and your partner won’t always see eye to eye on everything.
Some couples realize they need support because they’re coping with issues that seem insurmountable. But even relatively happy couples occasionally need help with shifting harmful behavioral or communication patterns that they can’t seem to break out of on their own.
Most Couples Face These Common Challenges
Many couples butt heads due to differences in managing finances, conflicting parenting styles, and struggling to feel supported while trying to balance their careers and family commitments. When people are simply stressed out due to the pressures of everyday life, they might take it out on their partners. These problems can affect everything from your approach to communication to your attitudes towards intimacy.
When dealing with a challenging situation, lots of couples get tired of arguing and disagreeing so often that both partners start bottling up their feelings. This only heightens the tension in the relationship. Without open communication, you and your partner are left guessing what each of you are upset about and how to address it. Down the road, this can lead to resentment, infidelity, and even divorce.
In couples therapy, you can identify the roots of your relationship problems and learn how to tackle them head-on. In time, you can restore the healthy and happy relationship you once had.
Couples Therapy Can Help You Heal Your Connection
Our team of therapists at Friends In Transition Counseling has helped many couples rebuild their trust and fall back in love with each other. No matter how long you and your partner have been having trouble, you have the opportunity to create a brighter future together. Regardless of the issues you and your partner are struggling with, we’re here to help you cooperate and solve these problems.
What to Expect in Couples Therapy Sessions
In counseling, we have worked with many couples who grappled with a lack of intimacy, ongoing conflicts and overcoming unhealthy patterns rooted in early life experiences. Ultimately, we want to guide you through dismantling communication barriers and restoring trust and compassion in your relationship. We help you identify dysfunctional patterns and build a stronger foundation so that you can lead happier and more fulfilling lives together.
First, your therapist will take the time to get to know you and your partner and learn a bit more about your relationship dynamic. You’ll both have the opportunity to talk about your history together and share your individual perspectives on the problems you’d like to address in therapy. If relevant, your therapist may also encourage you to explore how behaviors and communication patterns that you may have learned from your parents or other influential adults could be affecting your relationship today.
Treatment Approaches for Couples Therapy
Every couple is different, and your therapist will consider your specific experiences and goals for your relationship when developing your treatment plan. We can draw from a variety of therapeutic treatment methods to help you move forward in your relationship.
Your therapist will apply Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to explore the deeper emotions that are causing negative cycles between you and your partner and blocking you from meeting one another’s attachment needs. We also incorporate The Gottman Method into couples counseling to help you refrain from engaging in negative verbal communication patterns and increase your respect and appreciation for each other.
Not only do we focus on your personal relationship, but we find it helpful to explore previous relationship patterns that you or your partner may have unconsciously adapted with past partners, or picked up from family members. Sometimes, these generational or relational trauma contributes to the difficulties in your current relationship. It is important to understand how the past can influence the present so that you can create a happier vision for your future together. Whether you’ve just begun dating or have been together for many years, Friends in Transition can help you cultivate a healthy relationship and learn valuable skills for resolving conflicts outside of sessions.
But You May Still Have Questions About Couples Therapy…
What if my partner doesn’t think we need couples counseling?
It’s not uncommon for one partner to feel hesitant about working with a therapist. If your partner has been struggling to express feelings to you, it might take them a while to warm up to the idea of opening up in therapy. Explain why you’re interested in attending therapy, and how you think a therapist could help you repair your relationship. It’s important that both partners are committed to giving couples therapy a try if you want to benefit from this process fully.
My partner and I need help – but we can’t afford couples therapy.
We encourage our clients to think of therapy as an investment. We accept insurance from several major providers and have a sliding scale fee program for uninsured clients who need financial assistance. Couples therapy is a tool to help you rebuild your relationship so that you can enjoy many more happy years together, and we hope to make it accessible to all who need it.
What if we can’t solve our problems in couples therapy?
If you’re concerned that your relationship may have run its course, couples therapy can help you determine whether you are both still invested in your future together, or if you might be better off going your separate ways. While couples therapy is not a cure-all for every problem, you might be surprised by how much progress you can make during sessions. Alternatively, if you realize that it’s time to end the relationship, we can help you navigate this difficult decision.
You Can Revive Your Relationship Through Therapy
Through couples therapy, you and your partner can strengthen your relationship. If you’re ready to work with your partner to heal your relationship, we encourage you to fill out the contact form on our website or call us at 301-661-3481 for a free 15-minute consultation before booking your first appointment.
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