Each couple is different and often faces a unique set of circumstances. Some couples come into counseling to deal with specific difficulties early in their relationship, while others search out couples therapy when the relationship has turned negative and the concerns are more entrenched. Having a third person, such as a therapist, observe how you interact and guide you through the process can often be beneficial and help strengthen the relationship.
A few areas that often are useful for couples to attend to are:
- Loss of trust
- Emotional avoidance
- Disrupted communication and empathy
- Relational patterns
- Family transitions
- Shared goals
- Cultural values and language
In treating couples, it is equally important to be aware of specific individual difficulties that have become part of the current relational difficulties. We often see relationships that are struggling when one or both in a couple are also suffering from depression or anxiety.