Elena and Drew are coming up on their 6-month anniversary. They call each other “soulmates” and can’t fathom how they went 25 years without knowing each other. They do everything together, and they’re already making plans to one day get married. Flash forward two years into the future: Elena and Drew are still madly in love, but they’ve experienced a few “blips” in their relationship. Currently, they’re arguing about their plans for the near future. Elena wants to take a year off of work to travel the world. Drew wants to get engaged, buy a house, and maybe even start a family. They both feel frustrated with the other: “Why aren’t we on the same page. Why don’t you want what I want?”
At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s keeping you together.”
It’s common to have different priorities or different visions for the future than your partner. That’s not to say that working through this challenge is easy, though. The good news is that it can be easier to work through if you have the help of a mental health professional—or, more specifically, a couples therapist. Couples therapists are trained and experience in working with couples. They have the knowledge and the skills to help couples of all varieties—those who have been together for what feels like eternity and those who are newly dating. The reality is that relationships aren’t always bright and sunny. Couples therapists are here to help during the dark and stormy weather.
Couples therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT takes an individualized approach to treatment. Meaning, if you choose to work with one of our couples therapists, they will get to know you and your partner well before they begin the actual treatment process. Once they understand your needs and your goals for couples therapy, they will then work to develop the best possible plan for your sessions to come. So, if you and your significant other are interested in working with one of our relationship experts, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are ready to help you, and we can do so in in-person as well as online counseling. Whatever is most convenient for you and your partner!
Couples Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling: How Can It Help?
Couples therapy helps couples confront a range of problems that might be causing their relationship harm. It also helps couples to improve areas of their relationship that have been put on the backburner. Couples therapy is for new couples, old couples, those who are struggling with severe problems, and those who are simply interested in strengthening their already strong foundation. “There is a large gamma of issues that can develop within individuals and that exponentially increases when we are discussing relationships,” explains Lilliam Rodriquez, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at our Norwalk office. “Intimate relationships include several areas and within any of those areas there can be challenges. In couples therapy, you can expect to discuss concerns with communication, compatibility, sexuality, boundaries, extended family members, children, finances, etc. Couples therapy can also be beneficial for couples that are looking to increase/formalize their commitment and want to ‘start off on the right foot’, couples that are facing divorce and would like to do so in a respectful and amicable fashion, as well as couples that are facing challenges with life transitions such as the birth of a child, the loss of a child, empty nest, retirement, etc.”
The reason the majority of couples who seek couples therapy suffer with serious problems is because often, we turn to counseling as a last resort. We do everything possible to manage the problem or resolve it on our own. Then, and only then, will we consider reaching out for help. Why? Because we have a fear of judgment or negative perception. We want you to know that you do not have to worry about being perceived as weak here at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT. We provide our clients with a safe, inclusive space—one in which we will help you to iron out your problems and get to a healthier, happier place.
Work with a Couples Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT
“Couples therapy works by creating an objective and safe space for the couple to address their challenges and learn how to address future challenges,” says Rodriquez. “Couples therapy is effective because it allows the couple to address their issues in a different manner, with a different lens and in a way where each individual in the relationship can understand their role in the dysfunction rather than whose fault it is or casting blame and shame.”
As we’ve mentioned, there are many benefits for you and your partner to discover in couples therapy. If you are interested in exploring these benefits and seeing what couples therapy can do for your relationship, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling today. Just give our office a call. We’ll be here to get you all set up.