I had a great time speaking with Katie Martin at HealthyWay about how to know if couples therapy is right for you. Yes, happy couples go to therapy too!
In fact, the stronger your relationship is, the more you can potentially get from counseling together. Strong couples can handle the tougher questions and really go deeper in their relationship. Relationship therapy is a way to strengthen a connection, especially when it is already solid.
Sometimes couples think that just because they are having disagreements, their relationship is doomed. Remember: Relationships need conflict! That is one of the ways that we learn more about each other. (Side note: If any therapist tells you they can teach you how to stop disagreeing with each other - thank them for their time and be on your way!)
One important factor in understanding the health of your relationship is figuring out the way you disagree. Is one of you hot-headed, while the other seems to shut down easily? Do you need time and space to yourself, while your partner has to talk everything out with you? Does it feel like you go in circles every time you bring up an issue? Learning how to communicate during stressful situations is one of the ways that couples therapy can help improve your relationship.
If you're thinking about trying couples therapy and you're not sure how to approach it with your partner, take a look at Katie's article for some advice. You can also give me a call at (562) 704-4736 for a free consultation about how you can create a relationship that brings you joy, security, and excitement. Prospect Therapy welcomes individuals and couples of all genders and orientations in Long Beach, Seal Beach, and surrounding areas.