Couples counseling is often a misunderstood area in the counseling field. We wrote this blog to help explain how it can benefit relationships!
What Is Couples Counseling?
Couples counseling aids couples, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, in recognizing and addressing issues within their relationship. This is provided by a mental health professional and is typically short-term. Often, this form of counseling takes place as a couple, although occasionally individuals will also receive counseling independently.
Do We Need Counseling?
There are many reasons why a couple may decide to seek counseling. However, one of the top reasons is typically due to a breakdown in communication. Many people are surprised to learn that couples counseling is not just to address issues after the fact. Often, couples choose to utilize counseling in order to address concerns before actual issues arise. For example, many couples choose to go to counseling prior to marriage in an effort to prepare for marriage and address potential issues early. Some additional reasons that lead couples to consider counseling are:
- Sexual Difficulties
- Conflicts About Child Rearing
- Substance Abuse
- Blended Families
- Financial Issues
- Previous Trauma
Will This Save My Relationship?
Unfortunately, there can be no guarantee that counseling will “save” a relationship. Counseling is meant to act as an agent of change – not a magical solution. It can serve as an unbiased, safe space to explore concerns you and your partner are experiencing with hopes of finding a positive resolution. Counseling can also serve as a safe space for an amicable ending of the relationship.
At this point, we want to make an important note: If you are in a relationship where you are fearful of your partner, or if there is any type of domestic abuse occurring within your relationship, counseling will not be adequate. If you feel that you are in immediate danger within your relationship, please contact your local emergency services for immediate support!
If you and your partner are ready to take the step and start counseling, the counselors at Garrett Counseling are ready to support you. Contact us today at (256) 239-5662 or online!