It doesn’t matter if you’re married, living together, have dated for two years or five years, the main complaints couples bring to therapy are losing connection and high levels of conflict. We live in a fast-paced world and major life changes or high levels of stress can pressure on a relationship. Couples counseling, marriage counseling, and relationship counseling helps couples going through rough patches.
Counselors provide a caring and supportive environment to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing in your relationship. Unfortunately, some people have preconceived notions of what relationship counseling, marriage counseling, and couples counseling is and think that you only need counseling when things get really bad or out of control. Couples often seek counseling when relationship problems begin to interfere with daily functioning or when partners are unsure about continuing the relationship. Some couples may want to develop better communication skills, enhance intimacy, or learn to navigate new terrain in their lives.
Here at Star Point Counseling Center we understand relationships in general can be difficult. Relationships and marriages take work. With the right guidance, and support, a couple can make changes to improve communication and enhance their love for each other.
It is never too late to develop healthy relationships in life. If you are in a dysfunctional relationship, trying to fix it on your own usually doesn’t work to the point of hopelessness because oftentimes we need to develop healthier skills in order to fix such issues— relationship skills that we may not posses on our own. If one member of a relationship is dysfunctional then that person will suck the life and happiness out of the other member of the relationship. If the dysfunctional person is unhappy then they will make sure the other person “pays the price” and is unhappy too. This can be fixed with couples counseling or marriage counseling along with individual counseling for the dysfunctional person.
The word therapy literally means healing— so relationship counselors may focus on two particular areas: healing and education. Sometimes marriage partners say and do things that hurt their partner (such as name-calling and having affairs) and healing is needed. Marriage counseling and couples counseling can help with the healing.
Many times people need to learn better communication, anger management, intimacy and negotiation skills for the marriage to become healthy. Couples counseling or marriage counseling can also help with this. Trying to “fix it on our own” usually fails without learning new skills to navigate the potential marital pitfalls. Too often we have the same arguments over and over again without resolving them. If you are experiencing this in your relationship then get couples counseling or marriage counseling.
Marriage counseling, also known as couples counseling, relationship counseling, or couples therapy, is a form of therapy that supports people in intimate relationships. Therapy may be helpful for partners considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. While the relationship itself is the focus in marital counseling, each partner is expected to pay attention to self-improvement and self-awareness.
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but anxiety disorders, which affect 40 million adults, are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States. Anxiety is a constant “loop” of negative thoughts that circulate in your mind. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school, work, and relationships. There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Signs & Symptoms
Difficulty with controlling the worry
Fearfulness or panic
Compulsion or obsession
Headaches, lightheadedness or dizziness
A tendency to be overly cautious
Here are some strategies you can take to help manage your anxiety:
List and evaluate your fears – This will allow you to think about them and determine if there is anything constructive that you can do about your fears. Brainstorm on ideas for how you could make things better.
Review and decide – Once you’ve faced your fears and brainstormed ideas, you will feel much more in charge of yourself and your situation. Review what you’ve discovered and make some decisions.
Engage in physical activity – Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. There is also evidence that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people.
If you find your anxiety is still disrupting your life, there are treatments than can help. Marriage and Family Counseling can help you manage your feelings and learn techniques to help you live a more satisfying and productive life.
Couples therapy can help you with to see through devensive posturing and
game playing. Defenses that keep both of you from seeing who you really are and what you need emotionally from each other in order to have true intimacy. Express deeper fears, shame, and helplessness. Only in these vulnerable moments can lovers truly begin to see one another and glimpse what’s in each others hearts.
It can help you work through pain and despair. In the worst moments, when you feel everything good is slipping away, in these moments therapy can help.
After you’ve shown each other your deeper dreams, fears and passions, and stopped hiding emotionally, walk out in the sunlight together.