Couples therapy is a way to help two individuals learn to work together as a unit and strengthen specific areas within their relationship. Couples come to therapy for various reasons, including, intimacy issues, verbal or emotional abuse, different lifestyle beliefs, infidelity, and neglect of the relationship. In my experience working with couples, distrust and lack of communication tend to be the common themes that negatively impact the relationship.
Distrust typically stems from unresolved issues that have carried over from past relationships and simply from our own insecurities. Communication is crucial for any relationship to succeed. When we don’t listen to each other or gain a clear understanding of what the other person is saying, arguing and conflict can arise. From this, a disconnect can form, which can put the relationship at risk and lead to more serious issues.
In couples therapy, I help couples work on setting boundaries within the relationship. This can help with establishing trust. I help couples set and understand expectations, learn healthy forms of communicating, navigate emotional triggers, learn conflict resolution, and work toward balance within the relationship.