Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is designed to help partners overcome conflict that has created distance between them, and discover renewed closeness in their relationship. Couples counseling is not reserved for married couples only; it can benefit partners in any stage of their relationships. There are many approaches to marriage counseling and couples counseling, and finding the right fit for you and partner can help you both enjoy your relationship again.

What is Couples Counseling?

Couples counseling uses psychotherapy (talk therapy) techniques to help partners understand their relationships, navigate through obstacles, build trust, and create a stronger family unit. Couples counseling almost always includes both partners. Both partners must work together and want to improve the relationship in order for counseling to be effective. While a family therapist will give partners tools to relate and communicate more effectively, each partner must actively participate.

Depending on your situation, couples counseling may include any of the following techniques:

  • Positive reframing
  • Family therapy with other members of the house
  • Group therapy with other couples
  • Individual therapy to address specific personal obstacles
  • Positive reframing
  • Family therapy with other members of the house
  • Group therapy with other couples
  • Individual therapy to address specific personal obstacles
  • Role-playing
  • Interpersonal therapy and conflict resolution
  • Narrative therapy
  • Emotional therapy

Marriage, and relationships in general, are a partnership. This means that the bond between partners depends not only on your teamwork, but your individual efforts. Couples counseling addresses your communication and interactions, as well as individual needs.

When Should We Seek Couples Counseling?

Partners commonly wait too long before seeking couples counseling. They often endure the same problems, arguments, or emotional distance for years. This does not have to be the case. By seeking counseling sooner rather than later, you can improve your relationship dynamic and build a stronger, healthier, and happier life together.

Couples counseling is beneficial for partners at any point in their relationship. If there is discord, or one or both partners is/are dissatisfied, counseling can help. An experienced couples counselor acts as a mediator, and provides you with tools, knowledge and objectivity needed to reverse destructive patterns.

Couples counseling is a normal response to any of the following:

  • Negative communication
  • Repeated arguing
  • Lying or distrust
  • Infidelity
  • Disagreements in child rearing
  • Emotional distance
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Major life changes or loss
  • Power struggles
  • Substance abuse
  • Unusual anger
  • Newly blended families

Can Couples Counseling Save my Relationship?

Couples counseling has been proven to help couples build happier, stronger relationships, however there is no guarantee it will be effective for you and your partner. The effectiveness of counseling depends on each partner, their willingness to resolve conflicts, and the experience of their couples counselor. Talk with a counselor to ensure that they have experience working with the issues you struggle with.

Couples Counseling in Michigan

Michigan Counseling Centers has two locations to help you easily find an experienced couples counselor near you. Work with a couples counselor in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan or Taylor, Michigan on a schedule that works for you and your partner. Schedule an appointment today to speak with a couples counselor near you and start strengthening your relationship.