People typically think of couple’s therapy as a last resort to save a marriage or improve communication skills. While this can be true, it’s not the whole picture. It’s important to know that you can also be pro-active about your relationship.
Statistics show that the average couple is together six years before they attend counseling. The problem is that waiting six years to get professional help means conflicts have been developing and intensifying for that long. Six years is a long time to let resentment build. So, if you’re asking yourself when is the right time to attend couples counseling…the answer is NOW.
Whether you are a new-ish couple wanting to improve your relationship before negative patterns evolve, or a long-term couple prepared to address struggles that are entrenched, counseling will ultimately help you get closer to your partner and build a deeper, more meaningful relationship.
You don’t have to guess if couples counseling is right for you. Not only does research show that couples counseling is effective (currently a 70% success rate), it also shows that individuals benefit separately by learning more about themselves and their individual needs.
In general, couples counseling helps people in relationships:
• Become more aware of harmful relationship patterns
• Identify and change the behaviors that damage the relationship
• Address communication patterns and improve communication skills
• Learn how to be more vulnerable and speak more openly about emotions
• Reduce blaming language and increase empathy and mutual support
Marriage is something I value and see as an endless gift. However, with this gift, has come hardships, disappointment, resentment, and hard work. I understand the commitment and am empathetic to the struggles you have or maybe facing. During counseling, I am not on “her” side, I am not on “his” side, I am on the unification side! I would love the opportunity to combine my personal experience and therapeutic background to help you reconnect and rekindle your love for one another.