About Couples Counseling
It’s time to start feeling that genuine love, respect, appreciation, and passion for your partner again. Over time, relationships can shift from that deep loving connection that you may have once had to something less fulfilling and different. This happens often in long term relationships. Marriage, careers, kids, activities, laundry, bills… before you know it you are waking up next to your roommate, instead of your lover and best friend. Relationships take maintenance or that strong and loving connection you had when you first met can slowly drift away. Guess what? You can get it back! You just need to be willing to put in a little extra time and energy.
In couples counseling, the first session is typically used to gain general information on current issues and concerns from both partners. It is important for you to get to know your therapist as you begin a therapeutic relationship built on trust and respect that affords both partners the opportunity to feel safe to share their concerns about the relationship.
The second two sessions are individual sessions where your counselor will get to know you both individually. Every person is different, and they have their own set of ideas and expectations about what a relationship should look like. The individual sessions give the counselor the ability to have a stronger, more holistic view of the situation, equipping them with the knowledge they need to formulate an effective treatment plan.
There are many reasons couples seek counseling.
- Lost Connection
- Rebuilding Trust
- Unhealthy Communication
- Parenting Differences
- Financial Stress
- Conflict Resolution Skills
Once the counselor has a better understanding of the struggles experienced by the couple, goals can be set and the journey to a healthier relationship begins.
Creating awareness is key to the ability to make lasting, positive changes in a relationship. Most couples will see a difference in their relationship after only one session. Once you start paying attention to behaviors that you have not noticed or were not aware of in the past, you now have the ability to make changes (even small ones) that will make a big difference. Your counselor will educate you on skills that can deepen your friendship and connection, improve intimacy, and rebuild trust.
Dr. John Gottman reminds us how important friendship is to a relationship:
“Couples who know each other intimately [and] are well versed in each other’s likes, dislikes, personality quirks, hopes, and dreams are couples who make it.”
With the help of a couples counselor at Texas Harmony Counseling Center, you could take your relationship to the next level. Give us a call to get started.