Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. Marriage counseling helps couples recognize specific needs and areas of conflict in an effort to resolve those issues and heal the relationship.
WCMHC’s focus is primarily on building communication skills to help couples avoid misunderstandings and identify specific problem areas. By isolating specific needs the therapist can help the couple build bridges of understanding and coping skills to work through and avoid major problems. Establishing a dialog between couples and rekindling a sense of security and trust is the main focus of our therapeutic approach.
Some couples seek marriage counseling to strengthen their relationship and gain a better understanding of each other. You can use marriage counseling to address many specific issues, including:
- Communication problems
- Sexual difficulties
- Conflicts about child rearing
- Substance abuse
- Financial problems
Marriage counseling might also be helpful in cases of domestic abuse. If violence has escalated to the point that you’re afraid, however, counseling alone isn’t adequate. Contact the police or a local shelter or crisis center for emergency support.