Marriage therapy or couples counseling aims to support people in relationship who:
- want improved communication, understanding, or intimacy,
- may be dealing with sex problems or the aftermath of infidelity,
- may be considering marriage, or
- are considering separation or divorce.
In couples therapy, the focus is on the relationship; however, each individual in the relationship should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness.
Couples counselors help identify problems underlying a couple’s functioning and guide the couple to healthier functioning through interventions such as teaching effective conflict resolution skills, emotional regulation, healthy communication skills, sex therapy, and empathic repair. Couples counselors also can do premarital counseling to help couples considering marriage decide whether to proceed, and, for those moving forward with marriage, teach skills to help marrying couples to lay a solid foundation for their marriage.
Research indicates that while it is best to initiate couples counseling as soon as discontent arises in a relationship, on average it is six years before couples seek therapy. The more time passes, the more difficult it may be to repair the relationship, so do not wait – call today.
Family therapy helps family members improve
- communication and connection in the family
- resolve conflicts, and/or
- address specific issues such as a parent-child issue, grief, substance abuse, or the effect of a mental illness on the family.
Family counseling can help you and your family members understand one another better and bring you closer together. Similar to what happens in couples counseling, in family therapy the therapist helps identify problems underlying the family’s functioning and guides the family to healthier functioning. There is often a focus on learning effective conflict resolution skills, emotional regulation skills, and healthy communication skills.
While a family therapy session generally includes all members of the family present, your therapist may at times see individual members or groups within the family separately as a part of family therapy.
For more information on Life Care therapists who work with couples and/or families, see the About Us page. Call Life Care at 630-423-5935 for more information.