Relationships are not easy. We can try and try to make a relationship work on our own, but without both people making an effort, it is nearly impossible to fix an unhealthy marriage or relationship alone. Thriveworks couples counselors and psychologists in Lynchburg, Virginia, are ready to stand in the gap with you and your partner. We understand that relationships are dynamic, have many variables that are constantly changing and are usually worth fighting for.
You may be considering whether to stay in a troubled marriage or relationship. We can help you sort through those difficult decisions. At times, you may feel completely alone, even though you have someone lying in the same bed with you night after night.
The old adage goes, “Love is all you need.” However, we all know that is not always true. Love is the starting point, but real work is needed at times to make a relationship succeed. Mutual respect, admiration and healthy communication are also required for a functioning relationship.
Who Benefits from Couples Counseling?
Those with healthy relationships sometimes pursue couples counseling in order to make their relationship even stronger. Alternatively, you may be part of a marriage or relationship that is completely floundering. Your nights may be filled with screaming, slammed doors — even name-calling. This is a very unpleasant situation in which to find yourself. You may deeply love your partner, but just cannot seem to be able to live with that person anymore. You may completely different goals for your relationship. One person may be pushing for marriage, and the other person is content to keep the relationship at it’s status quo.
Relationships go through changes naturally with the ebb and flow of life. There are many things that can cause trouble in a marriage or relationship.
Some of these potential issues include:
- Loss of job
- Death in the family
- Trouble with children
- Financial problems
- Extended family dynamics
- Theological or religious differences
- Difficult or opposite work schedules
- Anger issues
- Personality differences
- Psychological or medical problems
This is only a partial list of things that can cause trouble in a relationship. Sometimes, relationships seem to develop a life of their own and have such established unhealthy patterns of communication that they are difficult to change. Thriveworks Lynchburg’s couples counselors can help you determine what the cause of the problems in your relationship include, and help develop a plan for change.
How Can Couples Counseling Help Us?
It may seem impossible at times, but there are ways to change even the most troubled relationships. If you and your partner have the desire to change, Thriveworks couples counselors can help you make that change. It may not be an easy road, but it is possible. A trained, professional Thriveworks couples counselor or psychologist can help you and your partner determine the most pressing issues in your daily life, and then make a plan of action.
There are many various techniques that a skilled therapist can use to help you improve your relationship.
Some of these methods include:
- Identifying problem areas
- Improving communication techniques
- Resolving past issues and hurts
- Developing and practicing healthy communication patterns
- Identifying underlying psychological problems
- Treating mental health issues
- Working on addiction problems
- Creating mutual respect
- Journaling and sharing thoughts and feelings
- Creating opportunities for focused and intentional family time
- Fostering intimacy
No one method is perfect for every couple. A combination of techniques will be used to help you and your partner establish the relationship you desire. There is no need to feel embarrassment or shame about any issues that you bring to the counseling room. Experienced counselors, like those at Thriveworks, will not be shocked by whatever you present to us. We are understanding and patient. We have the tools to create a new reality for your home and your relationship.
Perhaps all of your friends think that you are the “perfect couple.” When you are with others, you both put on smiling faces and hold hands. But when you go home, things are far from perfect. Or maybe you have discussed breaking up and going your separate ways with all of your friends. You have been trying to work through your issues for months or even years.
Your relationship deserves a fighting chance. Give your relationship the time and respect that it deserves. Spending time working on your relationship with a trained and experienced Thriveworks counselor will allow your relationship to grow and change. It is a neutral zone where problems and fears can be openly and honestly shared.
Why Choose Thriveworks for Couples Counseling?
When you conducted the search that brought you to this page, you were most likely overwhelmed with choices. It can be difficult to know who to trust in an ocean of options. Thriveworks couples counselors are the perfect choice. We are leaders in our field. We are educated, professional, and licensed experts.
We are very selective in choosing our therapists, and find those with the best talent and experience. Thriveworks counselors and psychologists have been featured in leading publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Psychiatric Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. We are ready to put our expertise to work for your relationship.
We know that your time is valuable and precious. You may have been begging your partner or spouse to come to couples counseling for weeks or months. He or she has finally said yes, you call the counseling office, and are told the first available appointment is weeks away. By the time your appointment comes around, your spouse or partner may change his or her mind. For these exact reasons, we pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list. We want to be ready when you are ready for help. We have appointments ready for new clients within 24 hours in most cases. We understand that it is not easy to make that first call.
You deserve a healthy relationship. Your family deserves more. You can create the life and the relationship that you want. You both deserve to be happy, whether that means that you stay together or not. Thriveworks couples counselors can help you create the reality that you both want and need.