Couples therapy, also known as marriage therapy or relationship counseling, is a form of psychotherapy that is recommended for couples in crisis who are unable to resolve their issues on their own. During couples therapy, both partners talk in confidence to a therapist to explore the issues that are affecting their relationship. They learn how they can understand one another’s needs, communicate better, and forge new bonds to overcome their problems.
Couples therapy can work for couples of all ages, all stages, and all sexes, whether living together or apart.
Couples therapy has shown to be very effective at helping people to overcome a wide range of different relationship problems and issues. These can include, but aren’t limited to:
Issues with children/step-children
Addiction issues e.g. gambling, alcohol, substance abuse
Dealing with grief
If you aren’t sure if couples therapy will be right for you, we recommend that you talk to our team who will be happy to advise you.
Therapy is a unique experience and can vary between different couples. In most instances, sessions will last for around an hour, with both parties in attendance. These may take place weekly, fortnightly, or at another frequency to suit your individual requirements. Commitment to attending all sessions is essential if couples therapy is to be successful.
During couples therapy, your therapist will talk to you about any issues that are bothering you, will help you to discover the root of the problem, and how you feel about them now. Using this, your therapist will use emotionally-focused therapy – EFT for short – to help both parties develop better listening and communication skills and come to a mutually satisfactory resolution.
If you are considering investing time, money, and emotional effort in couples therapy, you’ll want to know that there is a good chance that doing so will help you to overcome your problems and forge new bonds in your relationship. Fortunately, couples therapy is considered to be one of the most effective techniques for relationship repair, with reports from the American Psychological Association estimating that around 75% of couples who commit to it are able to recover and remain together.
If you would like more information about couples therapy, or if you’d like to find out if couples therapy could help to resolve the issues that you are having in your relationship, please call our dedicated therapy team at Stronger Together in San Diego, California at (858) 434-8100 today.