For many couples it's hard to admit to each other that things aren’t going well and make the mutual decision to seek help. Oftentimes we think we can handle it ourselves or just hope that things will get better over time. However, research has found that the longer couples wait before seeking counseling, the harder it becomes to turn around unhelpful habits and resolve hurt and resentment. When relationship problems persist for many months, even brief therapy with a couples counselor can be helpful in leading the couple’s relationship in a more stable and positive direction.
All couples can benefit from counseling to reduce stress, conflict, and negative interactions. All relationships have issues and conflict, and talking with a professional therapist can help you improve communication with your partner and learn how to manage challenges as a team with shared goals. Counseling addresses issues such as emotional distance and disconnection, conflict and communication, the challenges of parenting, sex and intimacy, infidelity, financial stress, work-life balance, religion and value differences, and so much more.
Couples counseling is also helpful during times of transition such as moving in together, getting married, starting a family, and preparing for retirement. Additionally, some couples participate in couples counseling if they are considering or have decided to separate, especially when children are involved, and they need to develop ways to communicate and co-parent peacefully and effectively.