Same sex couples often seek the expertise of a expert and trained counselor.
Distressed couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, are often facing similar kinds of problems when they request the help of a couples counselor.
Some of the problems common to all couples in distress are issues with communication, intimacy, handling conflict and family of origin issues, among others.
However, male and female same sex couples face some special challenges.
These challenges may include
1) Coping with homophobia in the family of origin and the larger society
2) Resolving relational ambiguity in the areas of commitment, boundaries, and gender linked behaviors
3) Developing adequate social support (the "families of choice")
Click on the link to get tips on how to find the best couples counselor. A good couples counselor should be able to assess whether and to what extent a couple's problems are connected to the particular challenges of being in a gay or a lesbian relationship as opposed to other issues common to all couples (communication, conflict, intimacy, etc).
It is important for a couples counselor working with couples of the same gender neither to ignore nor exaggerate the importance of lesbian or gay-specific issues.
Couples counseling for gay or lesbian couples can be helpful to improve a relationship. Click on the link to find out how couples counseling works, regardless of the sexual orientation of the therapist. Therapists can help same-sex partners deal with the general issues common to all couples, as well as the specific issues more common to same-sex couples.
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