There’s good news about individual therapy. For the vast majority of people, it no longer carries a stigma in many situations. If you tell someone you’re going to counseling, you’re likely to get praised for practicing self-care.
But what about couples counseling? Well, unfortunately, the progress is a little slower in that realm.
Studies show that couples will wait, on average, six years before accepting they need help with a problem. Marriage therapy is still too often equated with marriage failure. However, even when you’re living your happily ever after, couples counseling matters. It can be the secret ingredient to keeping things flowing and vibing.
6 Common Reasons Why Couples Go to Counseling
1. Fights About Money
This topic has always been at the top of such lists. In our post-pandemic lives, however, financial discussions feel even more pressure-filled.
2. Infidelity or Jealousy
These are major issues that impact trust and future planning. These issues will most definitely require some outside help.
3. The Same Old Fights — Over and Over
Without some input from a professional, it’s easy to slip into this ugly cycle. An objective supporter can shed light on unproductive relationship patterns.
4. Major Life Changes
It’s important to build strong communication and a deep sense of commitment. The following transition could drive a wedge between you:
- Loss of a loved one
- Injury or illness
- Graduation, new job, retirement, etc.
5. Decreased Passion and Intimacy
This could be primarily about sex. But also, it might be a sign of “roommate syndrome.” Living together can get stale if you’re not doing the work to avoid it.
You’ve already decided to split but want to keep things amicable. Couples counseling is indispensable for such a situation.
But What If You’re Living Happily Ever After?
You may be looking at the above list and feeling fortunate that it does not resonate. That’s wonderful! But, by now, you may be getting the message that it also does not rule out the need for maintenance. You probably already do preventative work on your body, your car, your home, etc. Why not use the same approach for the most important relationship in your life?
No matter how long you live or how long you stay together, you have opportunities to learn. You can learn more about yourself, your partner, and your relationship. This process is helped along by couples counseling who view counseling as preservation of their good thing. For example:
Improved Communication and Listening Skills
The thing about communication is that you never finish learning. Life never stops evolving. Hence, you must learn to adapt quickly. You meet, you fall in love, you commit to each other. However, both of you will inevitably change. Healthy communication will be the bridge that spans all of your life transitions.
Enhanced Conflict Resolution
Conflict is normal and inevitable. The problems only arise when a couple can’t find productive ways to resolve these unavoidable differences. Since disagreements cannot be prevented, why not prevent any damaging fallout? Couples counseling is the ideal setting for such practice. You will never regret boosting your conflict resolution skills.
The Input of an Unbiased, Experienced Guide
You and your partner know what you know. But then, you don’t know what you don’t know as well. A seasoned therapist is there to help fill in the gaps. Find a counselor who has the education and practical experience to support and challenge you. They will be well-positioned to identify patterns and habits that are currently invisible to you.
You Have Questions. Let’s Work Out the Answers Together.
There is no one perfect way to sustain a long-term relationship. Quite often, life together will leave you both looking for answers. As a counselor with vast experience working with couples, I can help you both better understand your emotions, your experiences, and your bond. Read more about couples counseling and let’s connect soon to talk. I’d love to set up a consultation with you at your earliest convenience.