All couples experience periods of distress from time to time. For some couples, this may be infrequent and for others it may become quite common. Couples choose to participate in couples therapy when strengthening the relationship becomes a priority. Couples therapy is a specific type of counseling focused on teaching the skills necessary to build, repair or strengthen a relationship and set a foundation for long-term happiness.
Why Participate in Couples Therapy?
There are a wide range of reasons that couples therapy is beneficial. Sometimes a specific event (such as an affair or loss) may trigger a period of difficulty in the relationship. Other couples experience a gradual change over time and seek to shift back to a closer relationship. Couples even seek out therapy as a preventative measure, learning effective communication skills and relationship building principles to prevent problems down the road. Whatever the reason bringing people to couples therapy, the goal is very similar in most instances: to improve the relationship, reduce conflict and build healthy habits to maintain progress over time.
How Do I Choose the Right Couples Therapist?
Having a clinician that both partners in the relationship feel comfortable with is very important. Couples therapy involves work, openness and honesty and feeling that you can speak freely and confidently is an important part of the process. All of the therapists with Naperville Clinical Associates have had specialized training in working with couples, and can help you find the very best fit for both of you. If you have concerns about choosing the best clinician to address your needs, don’t hesitate to call and ask questions.