What to Expect From Relationship Counseling

Working with your therapist, you and your partner will learn skills to solidify your relationship, such as open communication, problem solving, and how to discuss differences rationally. You'll talk about the good and bad parts of your relationship as you pinpoint and better understand the sources of your conflicts. Together you'll learn how to identify problems without blame and instead examine how things can be improved.

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Here are some important things to keep in mind when considering relationship counseling:

 

You don't know how long you will need couple's counseling.

Some people only need a few weeks of couple's counseling, while others need it for several months. The specific treatment plan will depend on your situation. 

 

You might have homework.

Your therapist might suggest communication exercises at home to help you practice what you've learned throughout therapy. This could involve going on a date night or setting a block of time aside each day to talk to your partner.

 

You or your partner may need additional care.

If one of you is coping with substance abuse, your therapist might work with other health care providers to provide a more complete treatment.

 

What you put in, is what you will get out of relationship therapy.

Relationship counseling requires a lot of work and dedication. Some people find that couple's counseling shows them that their relationship is ready to end and will help them end on healthy terms.

 

You may also benefit from individual therapy.

You may find that through relationship counseling, you are noticing things that you can benefit from working on individually with a therapist. Individual therapy works hand-in-hand with couple's counseling, so you can see the most progress.