What To Expect in Couples Therapy

How couples therapy can save your relationship

Many issues can lead a couple to seek professional help. A few common reasons are constant arguing, sweeping problems under the rug without addressing them, or having physical intimacy issues. Couples therapy is an effective way to get to the root of the problem and strengthen your relationship.

Before heading into your session, it's important that both parties in the relationship are willing to try counseling. Agreeing to give it a realistic shot and taking the matter seriously starts off the healing process on the right foot.

Here are 4 things you can likely expect from couples therapy:
multiracial couple in couples therapy

1. Get to the root of the problem
You may be asked seemingly insignificant questions, but rest assured that each piece of information is needed to get a sense of the overall picture. If you want to get the most out of your therapy sessions, you'll have to be open, honest, and detailed with your counselor.

2. Set goals
Once you've identified some main issues in your relationship, your therapist may assist you and your partner in setting realistic, attainable goals for what you'd like to get out of counseling. Each couple's goals will be different depending on the situation.

3. Learn new skills
Learning skills to address your issues is one of the main goals of therapy. Your therapist will help you and your partner develop better communication skills, work on your trust and patience, teach both individual and couples coping skills.

4. Complete homework assignments
It's probably been awhile since you've been assigned homework, but couples therapy works best when the practices learned inside the sessions are tested in the real world. Many therapists assign tasks such as daily journaling, going out on dates, reading a self-help book together, etc.

Couples inquiring about therapy are already one step ahead. Recognizing that there is a problem and actively seeking professional help to better the relationship is a great start. If you or a loved one is struggling in relationships, clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers are available to help.

Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information.