There is a stigma surrounding couples therapy because many people believe it is a last-ditch effort to save a relationship that will inevitably fail. The main problem with couples therapy is that couples often wait years after their initial dissatisfaction with their marriage to seek out counseling. This means that couples must attempt to tredge through years of resentment, distrust, poor communication, and unresolved arguments. While it is still possible to do this work in therapy and save a partnership after years of dysfunction, it is best to address these concerns as they come up. Even if you feel pretty good about your marriage, you and your partner may experience these benefits from couples therapy, and make your partnership stronger than ever.

Better communication

One of the greatest benefits of couples therapy is that it gives you tools to change the way you communicate with your partner. Miscommunication is the source of many common marital issues. For example, many couples have certain issues that are points of tension for them, such as finances. As a result, they don’t talk about them to avoid arguments. This causes both parties to make assumptions about how the other person feels, and fosters feelings of resentment. Instead of letting these issues fester, couples therapy gives you the forum to bring them out in the open, and teaches you how to effectively communicate with your partner.

Strengthen your bond

One of the benefits of couples therapy that results from learning how to better communicate is a deeper bond with your partner. You may find that after months or years of arguing, you don’t feel as connected with your partner as you did when you first got together. Even the act of taking time every week to work on your relationship can make you feel closer to your partner.

In our next blog, we will continue to go over the benefits of couples therapy. If you believe you and your partner could benefit from couples counseling, contact Tidemark Therapy today.

5 Responses to “The Benefits of Couples Therapy, Part One”

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  1. <a href='http://mklcounseling.com/services/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Scott</a>

    I like that you point out that couples therapy helps you feel more connected and strengthens your bond. It seems like it is a common thing to stop doing the small acts of love after being married for a couple years. My wife and I have been married for 6 months and are still going through the honey moon phase of the relationship. I'll definitely remember this should we ever grow a little distant.
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    • <a href='http://www.tidemarktherapy.com/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Brittainy Wagner</a>

      Hi Scott thank you so much for reaching out and commenting. It is indeed really easy to quit trying or working so hard in a relationship after some time. So on our end, we need to be mindful that we still need to occasionally still do small things, and on our partner's end, they need to be willing to communicate their needed frequency for those things. I'm glad you found the informational helpful.
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  2. <a href='http://www.psychologistduluthmn.com/services.html' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Troy Blackburn</a>

    That's a good point you make about how couples therapy can improve communication and will help you form a deeper bond with your partner. I've heard that the majority of couples report improvements in their relationship after just 2 visits with a therapist. I'll have to share this information with a friend of mine who seems like he's been going through a bit of a rough patch with his wife and could use a bit of therapy to smooth things over.
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  3. <a href='http://mymarriagefirst.com/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Kourtney Jensen</a>

    I remember when my cousin was going through marital problems, and they sought help from a therapist. You mentioned that it helps to work through miscommunication to better understand the person, which is a great benefit. This was a problem my cousin had, but they were able to better understand and communicate due to the guidance of their therapist.
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  4. <a href='http://www.ctrfamilyguidance.com/treatment/traditional-treatment/therapy/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Juris Ainsworth</a>

    It sure was nice how you said that couples therapy will help resolve the miscommunication between couples by giving them tools and helping them understand one another better. Considering that my husband and I are frequently arguing because of the wrong word usage and wrong tone of voice, I have a feeling that couple therapy will help us. After all, neither of us would want to end up separation just because of a simple thing as miscommunication. I will suggest this to my husband. Thank you.
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