Every relationship has problems at some time or another and may need help. However, if the robust discussion becomes a raging row, we can lose the issues in the storm. As an illustration, do relationships break because the toothpaste lid is left off? Couples therapy – also known as couple counselling – provides a safe, confidential space to discuss your relationship and can help whether it’s a marriage, civil partnership or something less formal.
“Having suffered from depression and anxiety for many years I have experience of all sorts of types of therapy, some more successful than others, although prior to recently I had not experienced Person Centred Therapy. At first I found it quite an adjustment from the therapies I had been used to, where I was often challenged in order to rethink and reassess my thoughts and behaviours. I wasn’t used to being so supported.
I know this sounds like such a simple thing but when I felt like nobody else was actually listening to me or acknowledging that what I felt was real and valid, it was so important for me to find someone (not related to me or a friend and therefore somewhat unbiased) who made me feel like I was being heard.”
7 Ways Relationship Therapy Can Help.
- It can help you discover how you really feel about the relationship. In a safe, non-judgemental, confidential environment. Identifying your wants and needs.
- You can speak freely about issues that concern you without fear of recrimination or escalating into an argument. Big things or little things.
- Couples therapy can give you clarity regarding the relationship. Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees. Therefore, we become overwhelmed.
- It helps you to take responsibility. As a result, it limits the ‘blame game’.
- It helps you to see another’s point of view. Therefore, you may gain a better understanding of their behaviour and motives. Hence, slower to judge/blame.
- It helps with self-awareness and growth as individuals and in the relationship. Consequently, you may be better able to identify, overcome and pre-empt challenges.
- Most importantly, couples therapy can help improve verbal and non-verbal communication between you and your partner.