No relationship is completely void of conflict. You could be with the most patient, compassionate, and understanding person in the world, and you would still have disagreements with them. Even the most compatible people in the world could still find things to argue about. It’s a fact of life: There are going to be events or situations where you disagree with your partner.
And that’s okay! Knowing that you and your partner can work through challenges together is key for a healthy relationship. But sometimes, the path to work through those challenges isn’t so clear. This could be for a multitude of reasons: Maybe you don’t know how to say what you’re feeling, the issue feels too complicated to talk through, or you feel a distance you don’t know how to close.
Thankfully, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. The relationship counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ are trained in dealing with all kinds of conflicts, stressors, and disagreements. When you’re ready to prioritize your relationship, we’re here to help.
Common Reasons To Seek Out Relationship Counseling
When or why you and your partner decide to go to couples therapy depends on the unique needs of your relationship. In other words, there’s no right or wrong time to seek out help.
However, there are some common reasons couples choose to go to therapy, such as:
- Financial issues
- Parenting troubles
- Lack of excitement or intimacy
- Premarital counseling
- Emotional distance
- Gambling or other addiction issues
- Substance abuse
- Chronic illness
- Periods of change and stress
You don’t even need to be facing difficulties in your relationship to seek out counseling. Just like you would go in for a yearly check-up at the doctor, you and your partner might be interested in establishing a relationship with a couples therapist to learn tips to proactively strengthen your relationship.
You may also find yourself in a situation where one person is less receptive to the idea of attending counseling. If your partner is reluctant, it’s important to let them know you appreciate their willingness to try something new. Our mental health professionals will be prepared to help ease you both into the process and ensure that you both feel heard.
Whether the needs of your relationship feel complicated or relatively mild, our counselors and therapists in Scottsdale, AZ are ready to sit down with you and your partner and get to work.
What Are the Benefits of Couples Counseling?
In couples counseling, you and your partner will receive the help of a professional to learn more about your values, set some goals for the future, and strengthen the foundation of your relationship.
If your relationship is strained, going to counseling can help you uncover and address the problems that are causing issues. A couples therapist or licensed marriage and family therapist can help you and your partner communicate healthily and articulate your needs in a kind and effective way.
Sometimes your needs will align and sometimes they won’t. Either way, a couples counselor can help you work through your challenges in a healthy way so you can build a stronger future together.
The specifics of how that is accomplished will depend on the type of therapy you receive. One popular approach to couples counseling is The Gottman Method. The guiding principle of this approach is that inevitability, you and your partner will face conflict. Rather than attempting to always resolve conflict, this method emphasizes the importance of positive communication, and not resorting to criticism, contempt, stonewalling, and defensiveness.
There are other approaches your counselor might take in your therapy sessions, like emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and Imago Relationship Therapy. When you’re ready to see what form of therapy is right for you, we encourage you to reach out to our Thriveworks professionals in Scottsdale, AZ to schedule your first in-person or remote appointment.
Schedule Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ
If you feel like you’re ready to reach out to a couples counselor, then we’re ready to hear from you. At Thriveworks, we offer sessions on the weekends and evenings, both in-person and online via phone and email. We also understand that despite your best-laid plans, sometimes life gets in the way, so we allow for cancellations up to 23.5 hours ahead of sessions.
We accept most major insurance plans and offer affordable rates for those paying without insurance. We also provide access to our Therapy Buddy app, educational videos, and our life coaching Q&A service.
It’s okay to ask for the help you need. Call or click to schedule an appointment today at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ.