Have you been fighting with your spouse, or have you lapsed into an apathetic relationship? Are your thoughts on raising children, where to spend holidays, or how to spend money coming between you? If any of this sounds familiar, or if you just know your relationship could be stronger, contact Thriveworks Austin. Our professional therapists can see you as early as tomorrow. We’re ready to help you get your relationship back on track.
Rediscover Your Relationship – Couples Counselors in Austin
Relationships can bring great happiness to people’s lives. On the flip side, they can also cause a lot of stress and anxiety for people who are having difficulties in their relationship. Some people believe that love is all you need to overcome these problems. In a perfect world this might be true, but unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Real life problems cannot be solved with just love alone. Instead, couples need guidance toward the right path that will keep them together and fix these problems. That’s where Thriveworks Austin comes in. We know how painful it can be to feel alone when you’re with the person most important to you in this world. Counseling has successfully helped many couples create a happier, healthier, more ideal relationship, and it can help you too.
It is unfortunate that in this day and age we have such a high rate of divorce and breakups that ultimately result in broken homes and families. The truth is that most of these breakups happen for superficial reasons. If disagreements or misunderstandings become constant, it’s easy for couples to forget how much their partner means to them. This is where couples counseling comes into play. Couples counseling provides couples with a counselor who is trained in dealing with marital and relationship issues.
If you’re living in an unhappy relationship, it can also cause physical and mental health problems beyond simply dealing with the strife itself (see Further Reading). To prevent deterioration of your health, it’s important to seek therapy as soon as problems begin developing. In fact, the sooner you seek help, the better the outcomes of marriage and couples counseling. Your romantic relationship should be one of comfort and peace, not discord. If you’re struggling, contact us. We’ve helped many couples, and we can help you too.
How Can a Therapist Help?
A counselor will emphasize that communication is the most important quality in any relationship, along with mutual respect. Many couples come to counseling with their respect for each other intact, and as a result of that respect they’re able to make a strong effort toward resolving their ongoing problems.
In those cases, the main problem that couples typically have has to do with communication. They either don’t talk at all, or every time they do talk it turns into a loud, uncomfortable argument. A counselor will help the couple get to the root of this problem and figure out why communication is failing between the two. From there, the couple will be taught communication skills to ensure they’re able to move forward in a healthy, constructive way. They will practice these skills with the therapist before being sent home to implement them in their daily lives.
Many communication problems can be linked to one particular event or pattern that started a chain of miscommunication. Your Thriveworks Austin couples counselor will help figure out the events that caused this to happen. Once those events are uncovered and processed, couples will then learn how to build a new framework of communication that involves creating loving interactions instead of harmful ones.
However, in some situations the couple may have lost their mutual respect. This typically occurs when there has been significant dishonesty between the partners, such as when one (or both) of the partners have cheated, lied (possibly about money or activities), or been deeply and consistently unkind to the other. If any of these circumstances apply, or if some other situation has caused you to lose respect for your partner, your relationship has the best chance of recovery with the help of a therapist. Your Thriveworks Austin couples counselor can help you get to the bottom of the feelings behind the action that caused the loss of respect and help you to communicate those feelings in order to reestablish mutual understanding. From there, the therapist can help you, once more, to develop positive communication skills to avoid repeating the action in the future. Equally important, you and your partner will be given “homework” and led through exercises designed to help you reconnect as a couple and earn each other’s respect.
Now that you know communication is the main reason for relationship issues, don’t think that it can be resolved without outside help. It helps to have a neutral third party, such as one of the licensed, caring professionals at Thriveworks Austin, present to facilitate a productive discussion. If the two people try to work it out themselves, their deep hurts will likely prevent them from being successful. While earlier intervention is ideal, no matter what phase you’re in, couples counseling can help.
Couples Counseling in Austin, Texas
Thriveworks Austin does not keep a waiting list—we know the difficulty of living with relationship dysfunction, and we want to help you rebuild a healthy relationship as quickly as possible. For that reason, we’ll be able to schedule your appointment within a week, if not 24 hours, of when you call.
You can thrive. We can help.
“Marital Education Programs Help Keep Couples Together.” American Psychological Association. Apa.org