Couples Counselling is a form of psychological therapy used to treat relationship distress for both individuals and couples. The purpose of couples’ therapy is to restore a better level of functioning in couples that experience relationship difficulties. The reasons for relationship difficulties can include poor communication skills, incompatibility, or a broad spectrum of psychological disorders that include domestic violence, alcoholism, depression, and anxiety.
The focus of couples’ therapy is to identify the presence of dissatisfaction and distress in the relationship, and to devise and implement a treatment plan with objectives designed to improve or alleviate the presenting symptoms, in order to restore the relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning. Couples therapy can assist persons who are having complaints of intimacy, sexual functioning, and communication difficulties.
Couples counselling involves both partners in an intimate relationship forming a therapeutic relationship with a trained counsellor, at the same time. Couples counselling is often an important part of effective treatment for addictions. Typically, you can get couples counselling outside of your addictions treatment program, although it is a good idea to let your addiction counsellor know so that the two therapists can collaborate to work on complementary goals. The focus of couples counselling is on improving the quality of the relationship for both partners. Couples counselling looks at issues like communication, honesty, shared responsibilities, commitment, and mutual support. Where appropriate, problems such as abuse will also be addressed.
Many types of partnership can benefit from couples counselling, including married couples, couples preparing for marriage, co-habiting couples, dating couples, separated couples, and couples preparing for a divorce. Although originally developed as marital therapy, couples counselling now equally recognizes and works with unmarried couples, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples.