What is Marriage & Couples Counselling?

Marriage counselling or couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counselling helps couples – married or not – recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counselling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or making any other necessary changes.

Couples therapists are specially trained in helping couples talk through problems and conflicts that can arise in relationships. A skilled couples therapist is able to make both partners feel safe in the therapy room, without taking sides. Your counsellor will work to create a space where both of you feel able to speak openly, and where you can work toward hearing the other person’s point of view without getting triggered. Ideally, with the therapist’s help, you will find some common ground and end up in a stronger position to move forward together in your relationship.

How does Marriage & Couples Counselling work?

Marriage & Couples Counselling typically brings couples together for joint therapy session. In these sessions, the counsellor will help the couple pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them. Through counselling, the couple will develop the skills to solidify their relationship. These skills may include communicating openly, solving problems together, discussing differences and gaining more clarity about how conflict patterns have emerged.

It may not be easy to discuss your problems during counselling sessions, meaning sessions may pass in silence as you and your partner seethe over perceived wrongs. Or, you may bring your disagreements with you, arguing throughout your sessions. Your counsellor will be able to help in both situations. They will act as a caring and objective presence and help you both cope with the emotions and turmoil.

You may find your relationship improving after just a few sessions. On the other hand, you may ultimately discover that your differences truly are irreconcilable and that it’s best to end your relationship.

What if your partner refuses to attend marriage counselling sessions? You can go by yourself. It may be more challenging to patch up relationships when only one partner is willing to go to therapy, but you can still benefit by learning more about your reactions and behaviour in the relationship.

Who can Marriage & Couples Counselling benefit?

Marriage counselling can help couples in all types of intimate relationships — regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

Some couples seek marriage counselling to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other. Marriage counselling can also help couples who plan to get married. Premarital counselling can help couples achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before marriage.

Some of the typical issues marriage counselling can help you and your partner cope with include:

  • Communication problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Infidelity

No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems. You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own, but left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression. A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.  The sooner relationship challenges are addressed, there is often greater ease and success in addressing them.

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    Marriage & Couples Counselling in Langley BC (Location)

    Marriage & Couples Counselling Locations:
    301 – 23189 Francis Ave, Fort Langley
    113- 3195 Granville St, Vancouver