Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can help you and your loved one improve your relationship. It addresses various issues, including recurring conflicts, communication, affairs, disconnection, external family issues, etc.
People often think things must be terrible to attend relationship counselling. Whereas deciding to attend couples therapy can be a healthy step for a relationship as it immediately highlights the commitment to intentionally and meaningfully build on the relationship.
You can also attend with any loved one that you are looking to make further sense of the current state of your relationship. This can be a family member, a friend, a colleague, a partner, etc. You can use the space to understand better your fears, behaviours, and motivation in the relationship.
the benefits of couples therapy:
The benefits of relationship counselling will depend on the people seeking therapy. The more you put into the relationship and the counselling session, the more you will get out of it. Some of the benefits can include:
A deeper understanding of the relationship dynamic: You can begin assessing your role in this relationship. It helps you begin to wonder what emotions or feelings are in the relationship and what gets done with them. What is your conflict resolution style? How does it move forward? How does it not move forward?
Build further awareness of self: A perhaps surprising but natural result of couples therapy is increased self-awareness. Couples therapy focuses on understanding your and your partner's needs better. By exploring this you can learn a lot more about yourself. You may find that it helps you form better boundaries in all relationships. You also might discover that your conflict resolution skills have sharpened. At the end of the day, you might see couples counselling transforming multiple areas of your life.
Have a safe space: This is a unique benefit of couples therapy in that the session's focus becomes the relationship. This can then be a safe space to navigate a recurring conflict. Relationship therapy creates a safe space where boundaries are set and enforced.