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Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy

Relationship counselling, also known as couples counselling, or couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping people improve their relationships. By working with a therapist, couples can explore issues in their relationship, work on their communication, improve interactions, and resolve conflicts.

While relationship counselling is often used to address problems, it can be helpful at any stage of a relationship. People in healthy, happy relationships can still benefit from counselling that strengthens communication and connection.

Relationship therapy, isn’t just for cohabiting couples, it can also be helpful for siblings dealing with family issues, or even business partners.

Many people believe that you should only seek relationship counselling when separation or divorce is looming. But that is often too little, too late. Relationship therapy should begin as soon as the problems get in the way of your daily life. Here are some signs that you might benefit from counselling:

  • You have trouble expressing your feelings to one another

  • You have one or more unsolvable disagreement

  • There is withdrawal, criticism, or contempt in your interactions

  • A stressful event has shaken your daily life

  • You have trouble making decisions together

  • You have experienced infidelity, addiction, or abuse

  • You want a stronger relationship

Remember that there are no wrong reasons to seek relationship counselling. Some couples start therapy even without obvious problems, to build a strong foundation and prevent serious problems from developing. Counsellors can help you become better communicators, develop strong relationship skills, and improve your family’s happiness. 

Keep in mind that the average couple waits six years before seeking therapy. This is a lot of time to let problems fester; at this point, troubled relationships are difficult to save. Instead, it's best to acknowledge problems early and seek therapy as soon as possible.

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