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Couples Counseling 101: What to Expect and How It Can Benefit Your Relationship

Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy, is a form of talk therapy that is designed to help couples improve their relationships. It typically involves both partners attending sessions together with a licensed therapist who specializes in working with couples.

The first session: The first session of couples counseling is typically an assessment session where the therapist gets to know you and your partner, your relationship history, and the issues you are currently facing. The therapist will also use this time to understand your goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve.

Each of our therapists has a unique way they conduct their first session with you. As a team, we work together to ensure we are capturing a snapshot of your relationship and observing the ways we can help you grow into the goals you have.

The structure of sessions: Couples counseling sessions typically last about an hour, and couples are expected to attend regular sessions for several weeks or months. During sessions, the therapist will guide the conversation, help both partners communicate effectively, and provide feedback and insights.

At Connected Couples Counseling, we believe that the work happens in the therapy room and outside of it. Your therapist will provide resources, tools, and homework to help you take what you are learning and processing into your everyday life.

Topics covered: The topics covered in couples counseling can vary depending on the couple's needs and goals for therapy. Common topics that are covered include communication, conflict resolution, trust, intimacy, and emotional connection. The therapist may also work with couples on individual issues that are affecting the relationship, such as depression or anxiety.

Types of therapy: There are several types of therapy used in couples counseling, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and the Gottman method. Each of these therapies has its own unique approach, but all are designed to help couples improve their communication, resolve conflicts, and build a stronger relationship.

Our team is trained in numerous modalities. If you are seeking a specific couples modality, let us know so we can connect you with the right therapist for your needs.

Benefits of couples counseling: Couples counseling can benefit couples in several ways. It can help partners learn how to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts in a healthy way, and build a stronger emotional connection. Couples counseling can also help couples work through individual issues that are affecting the relationship and provide tools and strategies for maintaining a healthy relationship.

Couples counseling can be a valuable resource for couples who are struggling with communication, conflict, and other related issues. It provides a safe and supportive environment for couples to work through their issues and build a stronger, more fulfilling relationship. If you are considering couples counseling, it's important to find a licensed therapist who specializes in working with couples and who you feel comfortable working with. With the right therapist and a commitment to the process, couples counseling can be a powerful tool for improving your relationship.

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