Video by Emily Branham
Couples therapy can be enormously helpful in opening up communication between two people. This can facilitate working through impasses that prevent intimacy and making positive changes.
Just as the presence of a therapist who is listening and reflecting back what they hear can be helpful for individuals, so it can be for partners. Often when people hear their mate relate their story to another person, they gain insight about them that they could not hear before.
Therapy with couples is usually more short term than individual therapy. Often brief treatment can move some boulders out of the way thereby enhancing clear communication and decision-making between partners.
Couples seek therapy when they are:
- Having communication problems
- Embattled and cannot untangle their conflicts alone
- Seeking pre-marital counseling
- Considering separation and need help with mediating it
- Disagreeing about how to handle their children
- Feeling sexually disconnected and want to rekindle their intimacy