Each couple is different and 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:
- Emotional avoidance
- Relational patterns
- Family transitions
- Shared goals
- Culture 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 sometimes see the relationship struggle with depression or anxiety symptoms of either one or both of the individuals in the couple.