If you and your partner want to participate in relationship counseling, you might also feel apprehensive about what happens in session. Couples who pursue counseling address the challenges of their relationship, which can be difficult topics to breach. Couples face sensitive and vulnerable situations natural in any relationship.
These encounters can be fruitful for many couples though. Whether you mutually decide to leave the relationship behind or you manage to strengthen your relationship, the first step to a healthier life in love is tackling fear.
It also may help you to know that a couples counselor is an objective expert who wants to hear both individuals equally. Regardless of the situation the couple wants to address, the blame game is not the point of counseling. Unlike individual therapy, where a therapist works to empathize with one person, a couples therapist seeks equal understanding.
In the first few sessions, your counselor will get to know your relationship, evaluate your situation, and help you come up with a plan to move forward.
Many couples decide to seek counseling when they reach a breaking point: an infidelity is revealed, the relationship lacks attention or they fight endlessly. However, what most couples overlook is the effectiveness of relationship counseling as challenges and changes arise, rather than when they peak. There is no reason to put off couples therapy.
You can seek relationship counseling before you get married, as you start a new family, or when you experience a major life event. Experienced couples counselors go through a rigorous training process that specializes them to address relationship challenges neutrally and effectively.
Love and family are complex because we, as humans, are complex emotional beings. To untangle some of this complexity, you and your partner can learn relationship skills from counseling that make you strong both individually, and as a couple. In the long run, these skills benefit your current and future relationships, even if they’re not romantic in nature.
Some skills our clients take away from relationship counseling are:
Everyone wants to feel understood, trusted, and loved. Each of these skills supports satisfying, strong relationships or can help repair damaged ones.
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In our efforts to bring value to your life, or if you are not in the Chicago area, Couples Counseling Associates has developed a series of lessons that could have a major impact on effectively improving your relationship. We encourage you to dive into the series and discover how these resources can benefit you and your partner.
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All the mental health professionals practicing at 737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2130, Chicago, IL 60611 or any other locations, are individually licensed by the State of Illinois and practice independently and separately. They have no legal relationship to the practices of each other and do not incur in liability for services of one another or to Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum.