Marriage Counselling and Couples Therapy

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Being in a relationship brings charm to life. But at the same time, keeping this relationship intimate can be hard work. A healthy couple relationship is not immune to difficulties. The difference of opinion exists, and it can get profound sometimes. But with the right problem-solving skills, you and your partner can get back on track soon after a conflict surfaces.

That being said, some couples find it too hard to overcome their differences due to the lack of conflict resolution skills or the intensity of the conflict. Such couples can benefit from a Psychotherapeutic treatment called Couples Therapy.

What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps you improve your relationship with your intimate partner. This therapy gives you the necessary skills that you can use to overcome your differences with your partner, allowing you to rekindle your relationship.

With couples therapy, you can address several relationship problems, including:

  • Sex-related issues
  • Recurring conflicts
  • Feeling of disconnection
  • Difficulty overcoming stressors
  • Fears before starting a relationship

Some well-known forms of this therapy are premarital counseling, marriage counseling, and family therapy.

What is the Goal of Couples Therapy?

The primary goal of couples therapy is to improve interaction among couples. This therapy or counseling provides a safe environment where partners can identify their problems and work toward changing things that have been causing problems. During a counseling session, a therapist encourages couples to believe they are a team whose opponents are negative cycles and perceptions.

In general, couples therapy is provided to help couples achieve the following goals.

  • Practicing problem-solving skills
  • Deal with the differences
  • Anger management
  • Understanding childhood issues that have progressed into troubling attitudes
  • Talking tactfully and being a good listener
  • Criticizing only constructively and appreciating the same from the partner
  • Avoiding hurtful words, even in an intense state of anger
  • Identifying the point where the relationship became less charming
  • Learning to say “Thank You” in response to every favor from the partner
  • Bringing back intimacy into the relationship

Who Should Consider Couple Therapy?

You may need to consider couples therapy if any of the following signs describe the nature of the relationship between you and your partner.

  • The communication between you two has not been quite good lately.
  • You or your partner put forward poor arguments that do more harm than good.
  • You do not trust your partner or vice versa.
  • Your relationship lacks fondness.
  • You have gone through some difficult times together, which has taken a toll on the intimacy you have had before.

How Does Couples Therapy Work?

Couples therapy works only when both partners show their commitment to improving their relationship. This is possible only when they acknowledge each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Couples therapy is mainly based on individual sessions during which both partners discuss their concerns with a skilled psychotherapist. Depending on the problems put forward by the couple, the counselor formulates a highly personalized therapeutic plan consisting of talk therapy and other psychological methods. The main aim of this therapy is to help the couple develop a healthy interaction characterized by a positive attitude and willingness to face relationship challenges without losing fondness for each other.

Your psychotherapist may suggest different exercises and approaches to establish good communication between you and your partner. These approaches and methods help transform negative emotions into positive ones. The therapist will also use various strategies to help you and your significant other re-learn to communicate.

With all these approaches combined, you will develop practical conflict resolution skills that will help you remain calm even when you are highly susceptible to getting triggered.

Benefits of Couple Therapy

Some of the most common benefits of couples therapy include:

  • A better ability to recognize the root cause of conflicts
  • Improved communication between partners
  • Better understanding among couples
  • Restored physical and emotional intimacy
  • Restored emotional strength and relationship resilience
  • Restored lost trust
  • Ability to build a secure and healthy environment for an improved relationship
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What To Expect In Couples Therapy?

Knowing what you should expect during a couples therapy session will help alleviate the process’s stress, fear, or hesitation. Here are the critical components of this therapy.

Paperwork

Paperwork before a therapeutic session allows you to review the clinic’s policies related to the cost, payment schedule, treatment cancellation, and more. This paperwork will also help you understand the clinic’s ethics.

Goals

As the first step, your therapist will want to understand your goals. They may ask you about:

  • Relationship issues you wish to address
  • Things you want to establish through counseling
  • Whether or not your goals and those of your partner are the same
  • Things that are important to both of you

Background 

Your therapist will want to know what problems you and your partner have encountered throughout your life as a couple. They may also ask some basic questions like:

  • How did you meet each other?
  • For how long have you been in the relationship?
  • Are you here because of one traumatic experience?
  • What patterns are more frequent in your relationship?
  • How good is the communication between you two?
  • Do you respect each other?
  • Do you both have the same relationship goals?

Personalities 

Your therapist will try to get a deeper insight into your personality and that of your partner. This insight lets them plan the best approach to help you with your relationship issues. The personality insight also allows them to formulate a viable personality therapy.

After gathering all this information, the therapist will set a timeline for future sessions. Remember, couples therapy doesn’t turn things around overnight, so it is imperative to set realistic expectations from the process.

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Couple Therapy FAQs

Is counseling good for marriage?

Couples therapy or counseling is one of the best ways to improve communication between partners, helping them avoid and resolve relationship problems before things get worse.

Can couples therapy make things worse?

Couples therapy can do more harm than good if you consult a counselor with insufficient training. Therefore, getting this therapy from a skilled psychotherapist is always essential.

How often should you go to couples therapy?

Your therapist may recommend weekly or bi-weekly couples therapy sessions, depending on the type and severity of your concerns.

How do I ask my partner for therapy?

Asking your partner to go for couples therapy can be a tricky part but an essential step. The best strategy is to ask them nicely and get their buy-in. Make sure not to use ultimatums or threats when you ask.

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Couples therapy is the ultimate approach to rebuilding the relationship, provided you get this therapy from a skilled counselor. At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we have a qualified team of psychotherapists with vast experience in resolving relationship conflicts. Please fill out the online form below for more information or to book a consultation.

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