If you feel you and your spouse are at a communication impasse in your marriage, you may find you benefit from couples therapy. Also known as couples counseling or relationship counseling, couples therapy can benefit your union both short-term and long-term. Here’s what you can expect from your first couples therapy session.
Couples therapy is designed for couples who are experiencing problems in their partnership, and who need help communicating effectively with one another and dealing with the issues they are facing. If you find that almost any conversation with your spouse is turning into an argument or a shouting match, a couples therapist may be of great assistance as a neutral mediator. The basic idea of a couples therapy session is to give couples a safe place both to listen and be heard by one another, with your counselor serving as your guide as you talk through the issues at hand.
It is not uncommon to find that couples are able to communicate more effectively and openly with each other once they have successfully laid out their issues and talking points without letting the discussion devolve into a fight. With the guidance of a couples therapist, spouses can come to a mutual understanding of one another’s point of view, opening the door to a brighter future together.
If you and your partner are considering couples therapy, Jan Rakoff, LCSW can help. Call 858-481-0425 or request an appointment online.