Couples or Marital Therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that can assist all types of intimate relationships – heterosexual or homosexual, married or not. In treatment, a licensed therapist assists couples in recognizing and resolving conflicts and improving the overall quality of their relationship.
Some couples seek out therapy to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other. Premarital counseling, for example, can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences prior to marriage. However, in other cases, couples seek therapy to improve their relationship which may be troubled by:
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
- Financial problems
- Substance abuse
Talking about problems in the relationship might not be easy. Sessions may pass in weighted silence or include yelling and arguing. Both are OK. The therapist can act as mediator or referee and help both individuals cope with the resulting emotions and turmoil. Working with a therapist, you will learn skills to solidify your relationship or facilitate a friendly parting of ways. These skills might include open communication, solving problems together, and discussing differences rationally. You will analyze both the good and bad parts of your relationship as you pinpoint and better understand the sources of conflict.