Couples Counseling

The purpose of couples therapy is to address conflict, disconnection, or difficulties relating to outside forces that are putting a strain on one's relationship, big or small. 

How Does Couples Counseling Work?

  • Therapist works to really understand both partners and their unique histories and backgrounds, exploring facets of their personality, communication styles, and what they would like to get out of a relationship 
  • Helps to put feelings into words
  • Explores the past --- both partners' individual pasts, fears, and motivations, as well as the history of the relationship
  • Solution-focused --- resolve conflict, adjust negative behavior, and highlight what's working in the relationship 
  • Teach the couple skills about how to cope with anger management, problem-solve, and practice conflict resolution 

What can Couples Therapy Help With?

  • Roles in the relationship --- potentially identify any unhealthy dynamics and discrepancies in relationship expectations 
  • Beliefs and values --- How do value sets differ between partners? 
  • Finances --- foster an inclusive and open environment for discussing expectations about spending habits 
  • Time spent together --- What has been getting in the way of spending time together? Are concerns being addressed appropriately?
  • Intimacy --- openly discuss expectations 
  • And much more

What are the Benefits of Couples Counseling?

  • Improve satisfaction with the relationship and strengthen bonding --- fully understanding the above topics, setting clear boundaries, and learning how to openly communicate desires can aid with more deeply understanding one's own partner 
  • Learn skills --- identify when conflict will arise, when communication is lacking, and other problem areas in advance and act on them proactively to resolve them
  • End dysfunctional behavior --- learn and identify behavioral patterns that may not be conducive to a sustainable relationship, and begin to apply this identification to other relationships as well 

Here at Madrigal, we are committed to addressing issues related to couples' relationships in a holistic manner.

*This information was adapted from Very Well Mind. Click this link for more information.*