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Is Your Relationship on the Rocks? Your partner comes home from work, makes a beeline for the liquor cabinet and then sulks off silently. You haven't had a real conversation for weeks. A few arguments over money or late nights out, sure, but no heart-to-hearts. Sex? What's that? You are feeling alone, angry and frustrated. Your relationship is on the rocks, and you both know it. But you aren't sure how to fix things -- or if you really want to fix it.
It may be time for couples counseling. Couples counseling can help you rebuild your relationship. Or decide that you'll both be better off if you split up. Either way, couples counseling can help you understand your relationship better and make well thought out decisions.
Do You Communicate and Know How to Resolve Conflicts? Couples counseling (also called marriage therapy) helps couples (married or not, straight or LGBT) understand and resolve conflicts and improves their relationship. Couples counseling gives couples the tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.
Do You Value Each Other's Views and Opinions? Marriages and other relationships aren't perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don't always match their partner's. Those differences don't necessarily mean your relationship is bound for conflict. To the contrary, differences can be complementary — you know the saying about opposites attracting. These differences can also help people understand, respect and accept opposing views and cultures.
Do You Spend Quality Time Together? But relationships can be tested. Differences or habits that you once found endearing may grate on your nerves after time together. Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship. Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring. Having a family can be stressful on a relationship. The quality time you now have to spend with each other is limited and the amount of time and energy required to take care of your kids can be exhausting. Driving your kids to soccer practice or endless play dates can leave you feeling stuck, frustrated and alone.
No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own. But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression. A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.
Do you Want to Strengthen Your Bond and Be In Union? You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy. Couple counseling can also help couples who simply want to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other. Couple counseling can also help couples who plan to get married. This pre-marriage counseling can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before a union is sealed.
Couple counseling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions. The psychologist helps couples pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them. You and your partner will analyze both the good and bad parts of your relationship. You will get a better understanding of the external influences and family dynamics that play a role in shaping your relationship and causing the dysfunctional interactions.
Couples counseling can help you learn skills to solidify your relationship. These skills may include communicating openly, problem solving together and discussing differences rationally.
Dr. Klein specializes in couples counseling and has helped hundreds of couples improve their relationship in terms of communication and intimacy. He helps couples reignite the spark they once had and re-experience the chemistry that they have lost over the years, but is the very reason they got together in the first place. He has offices in Westport and Branford CT.