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.