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Couples counseling, couples therapy, and marriage counseling are for romantic and non-romantic partners who find they are in a negative pattern they cannot change. Counseling gives you a safe space to explore difficult and complex topics within your personal or professional relationship.
Couples counseling can be helpful to establish a new way of communicating that includes talking and listening empathically. It can help you identify and attend to your partner’s needs:
- In a romantic partnership, couples counseling can increase and restore intimacy. You can work to make your relationship a safe, loving, and enjoyable place.
- In a business partnership, couples counseling can increase and restore healthy communication patterns. You can work to make your professional relationship more enjoyable and more effective.
Couples therapy, or marriage counseling, is open to LGBTQ+ couples, straight couples, and polyamorous relationships. Romantic couples seek counseling for a number for reasons: constant fighting, lack of enjoyment with your partner, feelings of anger or jealousy, parenting problems, lack of intimacy, extended family conflicts, infidelity, and differences in lifestyle. Ignoring these problems will intensify them and cause more distance in your relationship.
Couples counseling is helpful for non-romantic parties such as business partners, dance partners, writing partners, family members, or anyone in a close relationship that could use some help. Professional partners seek counseling for difficulties such as: unhealthy conflict, poor communication patterns, failure to collaborate effectively, inability to compromise, and difficulty aligning on strategy or tactics. Counseling is a way to address these problems, create a strategy to limit them in the future, and help you work more effectively toward your common goals.