Couples therapy works by helping couples identify and better navigate their unique challenges. Following an initial assessment of the couple in terms of strengths and needs, the therapist would then discuss their therapeutic goals and any possible approaches or ways of working together as therapist and couple.
Couples attend sessions together, whether they meet in person or by video. In addition to regular couples therapy sessions, each partner may also be asked to attend a few individual sessions to supplement their progress. This will allow their counselor to get to know each individual better, assess each of their personal needs, and develop the very best treatment plan moving forward.
On average, couples attend couples therapy for 12 weeks. However, couples therapy may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress.
All relationships are prone to ups and downs, but that doesn’t make dealing with the tough times any less stressful. If you and your partner are struggling with an issue, it’s worth noting that the earlier couples seek help, the more positive outcomes they tend to experience. So why delay? Get in touch with an Grand Rapids couples counselor and be on your way to achieving resolution.
Common Relationship Pitfalls
While each couple’s circumstances are unique, common topics tend to appear during couples counseling. Do any of these issues sound like what you and your partner are experiencing?
- Issues with communication
- Problems with intimacy
- Arguments over money
- Disagreements about raising children
- Concerns about infidelity
- Trouble getting along with extended family members
- Having different problem solving techniques.
Or perhaps what you’re not seeing eye to eye on is something else entirely. That’s ok! It’s unnatural to expect that you’ll agree about everything all the time, and our couples therapy is designed to facilitate a respectful, nurturing environment where you can discuss and resolve your differences.
Sometimes couples don’t think they need counseling. They may have been able to work out issues on their own in the past, or other than one matter that’s bothering them they might otherwise feel in love and have a strong relationship. However, sometimes issues occur that aren’t as easy to sort out, leaving one or both partners feeling stuck. In that case, it’s a great idea to come pursue Grand Rapids couples counseling. Problems can make otherwise great relationships feel terrible. Why wait until everything else feels bad, too?
How We Can Help
The training and experience of our couples therapists in Grand Rapids can be applied to whatever is troubling you and your spouse or partner. From a series of little miscommunications to a more serious concern, they are here to help you move forward in a positive manner together.
So what are you waiting for? Many couples report that pursuing counseling has made them feel more prepared to address possible issues down the road. Give us a call today and strengthen the bond you and your loved one share, for the future.