A Relationship is a Choice
We make choices everyday – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say. It’s easy to take some choices for granted not even registering that a choice has been made. Then you realize that your relationship has been one of those things that went on autopilot.
Being in a relationship is one of those daily choices – most of the time it is an easy one that aren’t even conscious of making. But sometimes, it’s not so easy. Reoccurring disconnects, miscommunications, frustrations, life transitions, or other factors trigger an awareness that the choice to be in the relationship doesn’t feel as easy as it once did.
Couples counseling is an opportunity for those in the relationship to prioritize themselves and one of the most important connections in their lives. Couples learn to nurture their relationship moving forward – and engaging more authentically with their partners.
In couples counseling the relationship is both the client and is the focus.
It is not about taking sides or picking one person over the other – it is about healing the wounds of the relationship and developing bonds that allow the connection to flourish.
Every relationship is different. And what works for one couple is not always going to work for another. PeoplePsych therapists specialize in couples and relationship counseling for relationships of all types and all complexities.
Why go to Relationship/Couples Counseling?
Couples seek relationship counseling for any number of reasons – and it doesn’t mean the relationship is broken or failing.
- Some couples are brought to counseling by a specific injury to the relationship
- Some couples are brought to counseling because their relationship isn’t thriving as they hoped.
- Some couples are brought to counseling as a preventative exercise: more of a fine tuning of their communication and ability to work through conflict.
What to Expect
Generally initial sessions are a chance for the couple and the therapist to get to know one another and generally include both partners. You’ll talk about what brings you to counseling and what resolution looks like. The therapist will answer your questions about the process and tell you what counseling will look like for your relationship.
After the initial session, the therapist may suggest individually meeting with each person to gain a better understanding of individual perspectives and goals, before continuing with couples sessions.
The move to teletherapy has not changed the structure much. In fact, it has served to make couples counseling more accessible as couples are more able to fit the therapy session into their schedule. In the event that the virtual meeting structure is seen as negatively impacting the work, the therapist will work with the couple to create solutions unique to your relationship.