Couples therapy is also referred to as marriage counseling and couples counseling.
It is a type of psychotherapy aimed at helping couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships.
In couples therapy I aim to provide an environment in which the couple can relate to the relationship in a different way from which they normally do and understand dynamics within the relationship which may otherwise be unseen. Couples counseling can be focused or ongoing.
In some cases couples can benefit from professional help during a time of crises in the relationship.
At such points it can be determined that the therapy will focus on resolving a specific issue or coming to a critical decision with the help of a therapist. In other cases couples may find that they want to enter into a longer process with the therapist in which deeper understandings can be made about each other and the dynamic of their relationship.
Depending on the needs of the couple therapy may be conducted with both partners together or a decision may be made to have some meetings with each partner separately.
Depending on the needs of the couple it may also be decided to meet weekly, bi-weekly or on a less regular basis.
Couples of all types and stages of their lives may significantly benefit from couples counseling. Consultation may be useful to help couples reach decisions regarding marriage. It may be useful for those who are committed to their relationship but want to improve it, and for couples struggling with the decision weather to stay together.
Couples therapy may be particularly useful for couples dealing with issues such as stress caused by cultural differences and immigration, conflicts regarding parenting and merging of step families, dealing with infidelity, dissatisfying sex lives, balancing work and home and ineffective or frustrating communication.