At Northshore Family Counseling, we offer couples counseling, marital counseling, premarital counseling and relationship counseling for those partnerships that may be struggling, or facing challenges for which they are not yet prepared.
The goal of couples counseling is to improve communication, build trust and strengthen the bond between partners. By working with a seasoned counselor, couples discuss their concerns and gain insight into their dynamics, while developing effective communication and problem-solving skills to resolve conflicts.
The primary goal of couples counseling is to enhance the overall quality of your relationship. This can involve addressing various issues of communication problems, trust, infidelity, financial conflicts, sexual difficulties, parenting, and emotional distance. Couples may seek counseling at any stage of their relationship, whether they are dating, engaged, married, or considering either separation or divorce.
During couples counseling sessions, your counselor will facilitate open and honest conversations between partners. Your counselor will guide you in identifying and understanding the underlying causes of your conflicts, while also assisting you in developing strategies to cope with and resolve your concerns. Through active listening and empathy, your therapist creates a safe space for each partner to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.
Couples counseling uses evidence-based techniques tailored to meet the specific needs of each couple. These may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or solution-focused therapy. Your therapist may also incorporate homework assignments and exercises to promote self-reflection, enhanced interaction, and an opportunity to practice newly acquired relational skills outside of the therapy sessions.
In addition to conflict resolution and communication skills, couples counseling also focuses on rebuilding trust and intimacy in your relationship. By learning to identify and address underlying emotional needs, you have the opportunity to explore your individual and shared values, and develop strategies to strengthen their emotional connection. you also gain a deeper understanding of each other’s personal perspective, learning to negotiate and cooperate effectively.
Couples counseling can be a valuable resource for couples who are facing relationship challenges. It provides an impartial and non-judgmental space for partners to work through their issues and find resolution. By investing in your relationship through couples counseling, you can cultivate healthier patterns of interaction and communication.
If you are interested in scheduling a session for you and your partner, complete our Book an Appointment form, or call our office at (985) 661-0560 to connect with one of our clinicians.