If your relationship is in distress, couples therapy can restore hope and faith.
A more intensive type of relationship or marriage counseling, couples therapy allows you to reconcile old conflicts and overcome outdated perceptions. If you feel as though you and your spouse or partner are stuck in an infinite loop, playing out the same arguments again and again, couples therapy may be the best choice for you.
How Couples Therapy Differs from Marriage Counseling
Although these terms are often used interchangeably, the concepts of each are unique.
Marriage counseling traditionally refers to therapeutic interventions that focus on present-day issues and how to deal with them. Couples therapy goes deeper, exploring conflicts and events that occurred in the past.
When we move on without resolving an issue, the pain may continue to grow. Eventually it becomes all-consuming, often manifesting as seemingly unprovoked anger. As a result, couples may develop a dysfunctional pattern of constant conflict that seems to have no solution.
Couples therapy allows you to explore the old wounds, revisit them with fresh eyes, and find a way for you both to finally heal.
The Principles of Effective Couples Therapy
When a relationship goes off track, whether it’s a lot or a little, our perspective can become distorted. Where you once saw the partner you loved and trusted, you may now see the enemy.
Couples therapy helps you adjust your perspective, so that you can see each other from different angles. From these new vantage points, both partners can become aware of the barriers.
Our experienced couples therapists and counselors use only proven, evidence-based interventions. Each of us is committed to helping you make positive changes in your life and in your relationship.
When you hold on to pain from past events, you may close yourself off emotionally from your partner. Couples counseling seeks to overcome emotional avoidance and the distance that has developed in your relationship.
You and your partner will learn practical strategies for improving your communication with each other.
When your communication is filled with mutual understanding and support, and when you learn to listen to your partner with empathy and compassion, you will be amazed by the transformation.
It’s Not Too Late to Rebuild Your Relationship
Couples often avoid seeing a counselor, out of fear that it’s too late for them.
Fortunately, it’s never too late if you’re willing to work at it. Our experienced counselors can help you heal old wounds, allowing you both to move forward in pursuit of a healthier, happier future.
In Utah, you’ll find Swinton & Associates Counseling locations in North Ogden, Bountiful and Sandy. Please contact us today to schedule your first session of couples therapy.