If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationship, you are not alone. Millions of couples all over the world go through periods of discomfort, discontent, distrust, worry, stress, anxiety, and more. We know you may think you are alone, but we want you to know you don’t have to try to manage the strains on your relationship on your own. Grief Recovery Center has a team of dedicated and highly trained mental health professionals to help you and your partner navigate difficult times. We can help you come together and become stronger.
No worries, our mental health professionals are here to help in a non-judgemental way. We want you to be your best self!
Partners Counseling Treatment Therapy
Our licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) are trained to help romantic partners identify what is causing them grief in their relationship. They work together with you and your partner to come out of the issues on the other side feeling more secure about your partnership and having a clear vision of how to manage things in the future. There’s no need to try to go at it alone when there is a highly skilled and experienced Houston therapist waiting to help you.
Increase Insight into Your Interconnection Relationship
When couples are able to identify the source of their struggles, they are better able to equip themselves to deal with them. Working with our LMFT, you and your partner will be able to dig deep into your relationship and discover things about yourselves you might not have even known were there. Working to repair your relationship is our number one priority, and we know it is yours too; otherwise, you wouldn’t be seeking help. We know how important it is to you to find resolutions and solutions everyone can live with and look forward to implementing as your relationship continues.
Better Partnership Consultation
It can be hard to move past a situation in which one partner has been unfaithful to the other, but for those who want to try to work through this situation, seeking help can be a great deal. If you have made the decision to seek help, then you have likely begun to accept that there is going to be a lot of work involved. But it is not impossible to move past this kind of incident in a relationship. The key to success in this situation is communication and both partners have to want to move past the incident. Our LMFT can work with you and your partner to identify what was good about your relationship so you can start to rebuild it together. Rebuilding trust can take time, but if both partners are committed to making things work, then our couples sessions can help you.
Get to Know Each Other All Over Again
It is not uncommon for either partner to say they have grown apart over the years. After all, people change and they see the world differently over time. These changes can have a major impact on the success of a relationship if partners aren’t willing to work through the changes together. When you decide to work with a mental health professional at Grief Recovery Center, you’ll be able to work on your relationship, discover more about yourself, and find ways to communicate better together.
Take Ownership of Your Feelings in a Safe Environment
People often find it hard to talk about how they have changed and many partners find it easier to blame the change on someone else. By taking ownership of changes you have experienced, you can learn to present yourself in a way that makes you more confident and proud of who you are. Then, you and your partner can work toward learning to accept these “new people”. With our LMFTs, we provide a safe place to express your feelings.
Partnership Counseling Treatment Can Work for You
Couples’ therapy works in a number of ways, but the most common approach is to start with an assessment of the relationship itself. This assessment can include information about your history and the dynamics that are at play between you and your partner. You might explore your family history with your partner and vice versa. You’ll have a chance to discuss your values, what you wanted for things in the beginning, and how those things might have changed over time. Finally, you and your partner might explore factors that are influencing your relationship, both good and bad. It’s also important to discuss individual issues that could impact the relationship.
Partnership Assessments Help You and Your Counselor
The assessment interview helps your counselor to understand each partner as an individual and not just a function of the relationship that is at stake. This information helps to influence each session. Our experience has shown that an outside assessment of a situation can often shed light on underlying factors and issues that might be impacting the two, but weren’t previously discussed.
What Will You Learn in Couples Counseling
Every session is different. What partners expect to discover and what they actually discover are often two very different things. It is a personal process that involves a lot of trust and patience on behalf of the couple, as well as the counselor. You need to be willing to trust the process and be uncomfortable with parts of the therapy sessions so that you can get the most out of your sessions. You’ll also be able to make decisions about your family and how to move forward in your relationship. There are certain situations where family counseling is something that should be considered.
The Sky’s the Limit for Your Change!
Some of the things you might discover about your relationship include:
- You need to improve your communication skills to listen to your partner
- You need to improve your communication skills to be heard by your partner
- You need to build trust
- You need to feel safe with one another
- You want to enjoy more fun times together
- You want to be able to resolve conflict without malice
- You are closer than you thought to your partner
- You love your partner more than you thought
- You want to deepen intimacy levels so you can stay close
- You want to understand your partner to help them through a tough situation
- You want less anger
- Plus much more
An Opened Mind is Important to Couples Guidance
If you are attending a couples session, the one thing you need to bring with you is an open mind. You cannot expect to change anything about yourself or the relationship you and your partner have if you don’t open your mind to the possibility that you might be part of the problem, or you might be perpetuating behaviors that you don’t like, or that you might not want to save it at all. You need to be willing and open to talking about the hard things and about celebrating the good things in your relationship. Your LMFT will be able to help you maintain a space for an open mind during your sessions so that you and your partner can get the most out of your therapy to improve your relationship, become closer, and reach your unity goals.
Communication is the Key to Couples Counseling
Sometimes, it can be difficult for one or both partners to express their thoughts, feelings, worries, anxieties, dreams, and hopes for the relationship. For the sessions to be effective, each partner needs to do their share of the work when it comes to communication. Communication is the most effective tool in the partner guidance toolbox and your LMFT can help you express yourself in a way that is both effective and nurturing.
Does Counseling for Couples Really Work?
If you have your doubts about whether or not this form of guidance might work for your partnership, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that seeking this form of help does work for many people. The key to success is your willingness to work through problems together, rather than apart.
How Often Does Marriage and Couples Counseling Help Really Work?
The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists reports that more than 98% of partners who have gone through a couple’s guidance reported receiving good or excellent sessions that were helpful. More than 97% of those who went through this program said they received the help they needed to move forward. Finally, more than 93% of participants who participated said they had more effective tools for handling issues in their relationship as a result of attending these sessions. What’s more, they worked to improve other areas of their lives. When they weren’t stressed about their relationships, they were more likely to be in better health, have better work function and productivity, and be happier in general.
How Can Couples Therapy Strengthen Your Relationship?
As couples consider getting help from one of our LMFT, one of the most significant concerns on their minds is whether counseling can actually help their relationship and strengthen it. Whether a couple is struggling with infidelity, learning how to manage a blended family, or lack of communication skills, they all have the same anxieties of whether their problems can be solved. Here, at Grief Recovery Center, our couples counseling specialists can all agree that although your situation is unique to you and your partner, our experience can help you through most of the struggles you are going through.
One of the few things that help our couples feel more at ease with getting professional help to strengthen their relationships or marriage is to learn what they can expect during the counseling sessions. Oftentimes, these guidelines help a couple make more of a personal commitment. They are more likely to invest more time and patience to learn to trust their counselor as well as each other so that they can get the most out of their sessions. Here are 5 ways you can expect couples’ therapy to strengthen your relationship.
Creates deeper mutual understanding
Several factors shape challenges for couples, but the most prominent is miscommunication or misunderstandings. Relationship dynamics are unique to each pair, but when arguments or disagreements arise, it’s usually caused by a breakdown in communication. When partners have a hard time expressing their emotions, frustrations, goals, and thoughts, our mental health professionals are there to help guide the conversation so that both parties can begin to talk again with more in-depth understanding.
It can be challenging to move past a challenge together if you have yet to develop a deeper mutual understanding with your partner. An experienced LMFT there to help you through that by asking non-judgemental questions and facilitating a safe environment for you and your partner to learn new things about your relationship that you never understood before. In turn, this deeper understanding will help you develop better solutions for any problems you are experiencing.
Reconstitutes the foundation
Many romantic or marriage relationships have a solid foundation to which it is held up. Hence, when a situation occurs that shakes that foundation, it can be difficult to move past. Trust may have been broken so a licensed mental health professional can help you and your spouse mitigates the current situation. Couples who realize that they cannot resolve the aftermath of an affair alone, often find that a mental health professional can give them insight and accurate guidance as to what the next steps may be. They often feel alone and shocked as to what happened, but a therapist can help them realize that there is hope if they stay committed to the hard work that is ahead of them.
If the couple wants to move past the situation they are in, strategies to improve communication and rebuild a broken foundation will be immediately implemented as a part of their session. As trust is what is broken, the sessions will be long-term because it takes time to heal and regain confidence in one another. Our mental health professionals have one goal and that is to help couples, over time, learn new skills to rebuild a broken relationship that can become stronger and healthier in the future.
Realigns your values
As the years go by, many couples find themselves growing apart rather than growing together. Thus, leading to many breakups and divorces because couples are not willing to work with the changes and overcome them. A lot of these “changes” are not necessarily changes, they may be problems that were undealt with for years and only surfaced recently where it’s become a large enough challenge to cause a disruption in the relationship. Often, it has to do with having different values and beliefs about life; whether that be the way you raise kids, religious beliefs, financial priorities, and etc.
Changes are to be expected in any relationship. People grow and the differences can either strengthen a relationship dynamic or they can destroy it. It really depends on whether the couple wants to make it work and decide to stay committed or not. With our licensed mental health professional at Grief Recovery Center, couples will learn that their differences can be a blessing if they learn how to complement each other with strategies to improve their relationship. The couple will get assistance in figuring out who they authentically are and how the changes can evolve. Ultimately, the couple will have a chance to discover what works best for them moving forward.
Establish boundaries and responsibilities
There are responsibilities and boundaries to relationships that many couples are unaware of when they seek help. The goal of our mental health professional, then, is to help the couple assess the relationship, its current state, and any previous history of problems and challenges. Our licensed mental health clinician may go as far as exploring relationship dynamics within the couple’s family trees. All of these factors can come into play when it comes to establishing boundaries and figuring out the responsibilities of each individual within a relationship.
Other areas explored include personal and relationship goals that may have been neglected over the length of a relationship and how those expectations could have impacted the current state of the relationship. Overall, all factors will be discussed to form a better partnership in the long-run.
Modifies behaviors detrimental to the relationship
Our LMFT will not only try to help with encouraging healthier communications, but they will dig deeper into assisting a couple in managing their behaviors and actions towards each other. A toxic relationship that can be harmful to either individual will be prudently evaluated in cases where there may be risks of abuse or violence. Recommendations for individual therapy sessions and other treatments may be brought up to further reparation and healing. The goal is to modify behaviors that can cause emotional, financial, and/or economic harm.
We Want to Help You Succeed in Your Marriage
If you are experiencing these difficulties or you are having trouble moving past them on your own, contact Grief Recovery Center today to speak to our friendly and respectful staff. We’ll help you set up an appointment with our LMFT so you can start on the road to healing your relationship.
We hope this information helped you determine if a mental health professional is right for your relationship. If you are in need of couples therapist, then contact Grief Recovery Center to schedule a phone consultation by calling us at (832) 413-2410 today. We can help you overcome any relationship issues you may have.