Relationship and Couples Counseling is an opportunity to meet with a trained therapist to explore concerns that are part of intimate partnering. Issues people commonly bring to couple counseling include: pre-marital counseling, new relationship struggles, cohabitation challenges, divorce and separation agreements, dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues and healing from emotional betrayals.
Being in an intimate relationship with another human being can be extremely stressful, even when you are deeply in love. Many couples crave more emotional intimacy in their adult relationships, as well as greater sexual intimacy. Companionship, for all of its benefits, can also present unique challenges. This is true for long-term committed friendships, as well as marriages, and domestic partnerships. Relationship Therapy provides a safe environment to discuss issues of intimacy and sexuality within a safe and confidential environment.
Sometimes couples decide to begin therapy early in their relationship, or when couple dynamics are first becoming stressful, with the goal of working on issues before they become unmanageable. This is a worthwhile pursuit, and it is often much easier to change patterns before they become embedded into the relationship style of a couple. However, most often people do not seek professional counseling until couple and family problems are painful and entrenched. This, of course, makes the therapist’s task more complex, having to sort through years of complicated emotions and experiences.
It is, however, possible to heal even badly wounded relationships. It takes commitment and willingness to look more closely at one’s own behavior, goals, as well as what they desire in a relationship. Not every relationship can be “saved,” but most relationships can heal, and people can learn to respect, enjoy and honor each other.
Those seeking to become parents, or who have already have children, often deal with differences in parenting styles, and challenges related to children’s needs. All the staff at Choices are trained in and comfortable working with people in traditional families, as well as those in open and polyamorous relationships, or who identify as sexual minorities.
Couple sessions are the standard “50-minute therapy hour,” with 10 minutes at the end to set up the next appointment. Fees are the same regardless of the number of people to attend sessions. Follow this link to receive information on Fees and Insurance. To make an appointment, please contact Choices Counseling & Consulting.