Conflicts are a normal part of healthy relationships. Nearly all couples experiences highs and lows, but many need help in overcoming emotional hurts and wounds associated with conflicts, dishonesty, miscommunication, or some other source of tension in their relationships. Couples counseling is for committed partners – married or not – who have a mutual interest in preserving their relationship and finding a means of overcoming differences. Couples who address their differences head-on in constructive ways are more likely to resolve surface tension, as well as underlying issues. Furthermore, those who learn to address conflicts rather than avoid them are more likely to avoid divorce or separation in the future.
Did you know…
that of the primary causes of both conflict and divorce in the U.S. is money? Studies have shown that the average couple fights over money as many as 5 times per year. Financial strain can put pressure on a relationship, with many partners unwilling to reach a compromise over investments, savings, and spending.
Frequently Asked Questions
My partner and I butt heads from time to time. Do we need couples counseling?
Maybe. Couples counseling is not intended to solve occasional spats or disagreements. Instead, it is meant to help couples learn how to address obstacles in their relationships in healthy and beneficial ways. This includes understanding and respecting a partner’s feelings while clearly communicating your own.
What should I expect during couples counseling?
Counseling sessions typically include both partners and may occur over the course of several weeks or months. The goal is to help each person gain a better understanding of his or her partner’s needs, expectations, and hurts. Ultimately, couples counseling will help you and your partner determine whether to move forward with your relationship or go your separate ways. If you decide to stay together, couples counseling can help you work through pain, distrust, and frustrations associated with issues like religious differences, infidelity, chronic illness, dishonesty, addiction and disputes associated with raising children.
Will I need to follow any special instructions outside of counseling sessions?
Depending on the issues facing your relationship, you may be given ‘homework’ designed to open the lines of communication and transparency between you and your partner. But more so, the relationship tools you acquire in couples therapy will help you work toward a closer, healthier relationship long after counseling is over.
Most families are not strangers to conflict. Tensions can run high between siblings, spouses, and between children and parents. Keeping the family unit in balance can be difficult, especially when one or more members have a problem that is affecting the rest of the family. In situations where personal attempts to resolve conflicts have been unsuccessful, third-party intervention may be helpful. Family counseling is a powerful tool used to identify the condition of relationships within the family and find ways of making them healthier. Often, family counseling is warranted by the behaviors or feelings of just one member. Examples of common causes for family counseling include family members who are experiencing:
Did you know?
Family therapy sessions are varied according to the dynamics within each family unit. Counseling will start first with all parties present, identifying how individual problems and conflicts affect other family members and the family as a whole. These issues are addressed openly in an effort to facilitate clear and honest communication between spouses, parents, children, and siblings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does our family need family counseling?
You may need family counseling if you have relationship barriers within your family. This includes stresses, conflicts, a family crisis, or mental health challenges that result in instability and unhappiness for one or more members. Counseling offers valuable resources for reducing family anxiety and improving the long-term family dynamic as a whole.
What should we expect in family counseling?
During family counseling, each person will learn about healthy communication and the ways that unhealthy behaviors affect other family members. Frustrations and sources of tension will be brought to light, and family members will work individually and collaboratively to learn how to better interact with each other on an ongoing basis. The ultimate goal of family counseling is producing stability and trust.
How will our family be affected going forward after therapy?
Your family’s problems will not be solved overnight. Improving the health of your family means adopting constructive behaviors that facilitate healthy disagreements in the future. For members who have underlying emotional or physical issues that are causing an unhealthy family dynamic, individual counseling or treatment may be necessary.
We list below several of our associated professionals who practice family therapy. Sometimes insurance will not cover this service so we recommend you check into that if that is important to get help. If you have other questions regarding family therapy please email us or contact us or complete our New Patient Appointment Request Form.