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.
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.