Our partners can evoke the greatest joy and connection in us, as well as the deepest sadness and anger. This mystery can be hard to understand, especially if the negative seems to outweigh the positive. In couple’s therapy, people work to understand their unique partnership and mystery.
Couple’s counseling is not all theoretical, though. It is actually quite practical.
Common issues couples work on in therapy:
Again, each couple has unique strengths and challenges which make couple’s therapy different for everyone. The deeper work often involves each partner understanding his or her own family-of-origin influences, as well as their partner's. Seeing how these early influences play out in their current relationship can aide in understanding people’s “buttons.” Often times, couples will work to better understand those seemingly small issues that elicit big emotional reactions. By knowing each other's "buttons" and dealing with them in a compassionate way, couples learn to work through a situation rather than get into a fight.
Sentier Psychotherapy provides couples and marriage counseling for couples who are dating, who are living together, engaged or thinking about it (or stuck on the verge) and who are married or partnered. Couples counseling is provided for GLBTQ couples as well, as Sentier Psychotherapy works with couples of all sexual orientations.