Relationships take hard work and commitment and it isn’t easy to find the time in our busy lives. We take a look at how relationships counseling can help you.
“We need to talk.” Many people dread the day they hear their significant others say these words. And we can hardly blame them since being vulnerable within relationships is difficult.
But here’s the thing:
Only about 37 percent of couples claim that they’re very happy together.
This means that the other 63 percent have some work to do. Where, however, should these couples start?
There’s one solution that’s a cut above all the rest: relationships counseling. Couples who invest in it have everything to gain.
That said, take a look at a few of the ways in relationships counseling can benefit you and your partner:
Communication is key in any relationship. But some would say that it’s especially important in long-term romantic relationships. You do, after all, have to learn to live with your partner for an extended period of time.
And relationships counseling will help you develop the communication skills you need to do just that.
Even if you think your communication skills are solid, we still recommend counseling. You may think you communicate flawlessly, but there are always gaps in the way we communicate with people. In other words, you can always improve the way you communicate with your partner.
Oh, and did we mention that improving your communication with your partner might make everyone jealous at your high school reunion? Because who doesn’t want to be in a relationship in which communication is nearly perfect?
It’s the small victories that count, right?
Many of us likely never consider the dynamics of our relationships. Yes, we understand that we share love with our partners, but not much beyond that.
Who, for instance, makes most of the decisions in your relationship? Is there an even split, or do you find yourself getting run over? And which of you depends more on the other?
The answers to these questions matter, and counseling will force you to think about them. The ultimate goal is to eventually tweak the dynamics you’re not comfortable with.
One of the biggest benefits of couples counseling is its ability to strengthen your emotional connection. You may love your partner, but you can always strengthen your emotional connection with that person.
Counseling helps you achieve this goal by providing a safe space to discuss your feelings. You and your partner will discover things about each other you never knew.
And uncover feelings you didn’t know existed.
Opening your hearts to each other in this manner will help you understand each other better. Not only that, but it will probably make you more sympathetic to your partner’s feelings, allowing you to tweak your behavior for the good of your relationship.
If you’re looking for this type of strengthened emotional connection, don’t hesitate to find a therapist who can help get you started.
The thought of allowing a third party into your relationship–even temporarily–is scary. We get that.
But oftentimes relationships counseling is the best thing you can do for your relationship. It keeps you aware of your partner’s feelings and what you can do to keep your relationship healthy.
In any case, if you have any questions or concerns about the information provided here, feel free to contact us. We’re always willing to listen.