Marriage and Couples Counseling – Therapists in Natick MA
Frankly, Thriveworks Natick MA counselors think every couple needs couples counseling. The fact is your average American could use a little help with their communication skills whether they are in a relationship or not. If you are in a relationship, your communication skills can impact your partnership. You may be thinking to yourself, “But our problems aren’t that serious.” And that may be true—but the other side of it is, couples counseling can help prevent problems from becoming serious. The healthiest relationships are the ones that are maintained, and part of that maintenance can be seeing a therapist once or twice a year to “check in” and make sure the lines of communication are staying open and that your relationship is handling any changes in a healthy way.
While we love seeing couples for maintenance, most of the couples we see at Thriveworks Natick MA counseling have found their way to our office for specific reasons. We’ve seen couples struggling with substance abuse, infidelity, disagreements about finances or where to live, and we even see couples who need help coming to a mutual decision about whether or not to have children and how they want to raise those children.
When we think of couples that need couples or marriage counseling, many people picture shouting matches or the silent treatment. While it’s important to seek counseling if your disagreements have become frequent or interfere with your daily activities, if your relationship has become one of apathy, that’s also a sign that you can benefit from couples counseling. Regardless of how your daily interactions look, if you know your relationship could be stronger, happier, or deeper, consider Thriveworks Natick MA couples counseling. Our professional therapists have successfully helped many clients, from those seeking relationship maintenance and help learning communication skills to those whose marriages were on the verge of divorce. Many of our clients come to the other side of couples counseling to find that they are happier than they were during the rosy beginning of their relationship.
How Does Counseling Help?
Every relationship needs something a little different. While couples therapy is generally attended together, during your first session you may each spend a little time alone with the therapist. Whether intake is completed individually or as a couple, your couples counselor will spend time getting to know as much about you and your relationship as possible. By learning about your history and current situation as well as what each of you would like to gain from your sessions, the therapist will be able to better help you. From there, your sessions will focus on determining the root cause of your relationship struggles and develop a plan to overcome them. Among other things, sessions almost always include some work on effective communication skills.
Though therapists may use different techniques, as long as they are client centered and evidence based, they can be effective. In particular, your sessions will focus on (Whitbourne):
- Decreasing emotional avoidance
- Improving communication
- Changing your view of the relationship to one that’s more positive
- Improving upon the already-present strengths in your relationship
It’s important to note that the therapist will not take sides. Your therapist is a neutral, compassionate third party whose only loyalty is to the relationship as a whole. It may be difficult to find that you will not be told “You’re absolutely right!” when you explain how your partner has frustrated you recently. Instead, you’ll be encouraged to examine why that frustrated you and taught skills to navigate frustrating moments in a more productive way.
Thriveworks Natick MA Couples and Marriage Counseling
Your primary love relationship is arguably the most important relationship in your life. Consequently, maintaining the health of that relationship is crucial to maintaining health in other areas of your life. If your relationship is suffering, or if you just know it could be stronger, contact Thriveworks Natick MA. Because we want you to be able to get the help you need when you need it, we don’t keep a waiting list and can usually see you within 24 hours of your initial call. Our compassionate therapists are standing by ready to walk with you on your journey.
Whitbourne, Susan Krauss. “5 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy.” 2012. Psychologytoday.com.