There are many reasons why people seek couples therapy. The most common issue can be reduced to two words: communication problems. In other words, failure to understand the needs of each other results in recurrent frustrations and a sense of increased estrangement. Every family has disagreements, stress, or and moments of conflict.
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There are different moments in which couple’s therapy is a good option:
Pre-marital: Therapy can be a safe space to explore from essential issues to the deepest fears. An opportunity to lay the groundwork for a healthy marriage. Topics go from creating shared aspirations and values, plans regarding family, division of household labor, money management, areas for growth, and current struggles.
Restorative Therapy: The most common time to initiate a couple’s therapy is after six years of marriage. Regardless of how long you have been together, if there’s a consistent negative pattern of interaction that leaves one or both feeling disconnected, confused, and annoyed, then going to therapy could be an excellent choice. Couples therapy may help create a stronger relationship when both partners try to work together.
But let’s be clear, finding that one partner is more engaged than the other is ubiquitous. If this is your case. If your partner simply does not find value in going to therapy, don’t worry. Consider individual therapy as an option. Level of engagement is a key factor in any successful therapy. If only one is committed, individual therapy is an excellent place to explore marital issues and find ways to work through them.
Couples therapy does not always result in stronger, healthier marital relationships. The truth is that sometimes couples arrive when one partner is experiencing emotional divorce and has no desire to work on the relationship. At times, couples therapy ends in divorce. Even then, although scary, separation can be a healthy answer for all involve.
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What happens in couples therapy?
At first, you will find that Roth Clinic is a safe space to open up. The therapist starts by getting to know you and your partner. It is a chance for both of you, as a couple, to work actively and collaboratively in your life story. It is also a first opportunity to learn new things about your partner. Each of you will be invited to put your feelings and expectations into words. Bringing the past can help better understand your fears, motivations, and behaviors within the relationship. It can also help address unresolved conflicts that affect your present.
Every couple’s therapy has an educational and cognitive component. Dr. Roth will inform you both about identified relationship problems. They can be stressors connected to life-cycle changes, health issues, drug use, or other concerns. Cognitive techniques help clarify dysfunctional personal interpretations that either of you may have. They’ll be linked to behaviors and emotions within the relationship. A solution-focused approach is usually used to overcome discord or anger, correct negative behavioral patterns, develop skills, and deal with issues as they crop up. You will probably be asked to do homework. Dr. Roth will ask you both to focus on the positive aspects of the relationship as you engage in therapeutic work.
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Working together with Dr. Roth, you will be able to identify stressors, build resiliency, and make sense of conflicting situations, messages, and roles. If you are going through an agonizing change in your life. If you are simply not feeling well, you just made the right decision: looking for help. Dr. Roth has experience working on marital issues, anger management, self-esteem, body image and shame, grief and loss, gender, LGBTQIA+, coming out, crisis, family issues, PTSD, and many others.
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