Some thoughts about couples, conflict, and improving relationships:
Marriage counseling helps two partners resolve problems and improve communication in their relationship. The process almost always involves both members, but occasionally just one will work with the therapist. Here are some thoughts of the positive help therapy can provide for an ailing relationship.
The Reasons for Seeking Help
When two people are in trouble, often one will force the issue and demand that they seek counseling. Here are few of the most common reasons for getting help from a trained therapist:
- communication difficulties that leave partners feeling disregarded, misunderstood, overwhelmed, angry
- when one, or both, feels like they are more like roommates than lovers and partners
- problems with sexual relations, which are often difficult to articulate or embarrassing to talk about
- conflict regarding stepchildren, especially over discipline and favoritism
- disagreements about how to raise the children, like too lenient, too controlling, not spending enough time with them
- different ways of dealing with money, which impacts so many areas of a marriage
- anger issues, which can include both too intimidating and too passive
- domestic abuse, which can be physical, verbal or sexual
- substance abuse, including alcohol, prescription or street drugs, and also unexpected addictions like to video games
- affairs, or the threat of one, whether physical or emotional
If you are struggling with any of the above issues, perhaps it is time to consider relationship counseling.