Couple Therapy

Is Seeking Couple Therapy a Sign That Your Relationship is Doomed?

Of course not! Rather, couple therapy, also known as couples counselling or marriage therapy, can provide a supportive environment to address challenges, improve communication, and strengthen the relationship.
Let’s delve into discussing more about couple therapy with the following Q&A:
What are some of the benefits of going for couple therapy?
Couple therapy can be beneficial in various situations, including the following:

a) Communication Problems:

When communication with your partner breaks down or becomes hostile, it can lead to unnecessary tension, misunderstanding, or resentment. Couple therapy offers a structured environment where couples can learn to communicate effectively and openly about each other’s feelings and needs, thus avoiding further misunderstandings and resolving conflicts more constructively.

b) Persistent Conflicts:

When you realize that you have been arguing about the same issues repeatedly without resolution, there is a risk of escalation of the conflict. In couple therapy, couples are guided to discover the underlying issues behind the conflicts. The therapist will impart skills to resolve disagreements constructively and to avoid destructive behaviours such as yelling, blaming, and withdrawal.

c) Trust Issues:

Whether the couple is facing marital issues due to infidelity, secrets, or breach of trust, couple therapy can help both parties rebuild trust and work through the underlying issues in a safe and controlled environment without judgment.
What does couple therapy address during the session?

a) Addressing Communication:

Effective communication is crucial to any healthy relationship. As mentioned in Q.1, couples can learn effective communication in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

b) Addressing Relationship Patterns:

It is common for couples to fall into certain patterns of interaction over time. Sometimes such interactions may become negative patterns unknowingly. Patterns such as stonewalling, criticism, defensiveness, and contempt. Couple therapy can help couples identify these unhealthy patterns and coach them to rebuild healthy interaction patterns.

c) Addressing Life Transition Stressors:

Sometimes life transitions such as changing careers, having children, empty nesting, or changes in values or goals can strain a relationship. Couple therapy can provide support and aid the couple in adjusting and transitioning to the new norm in a more constructive way.

d) Pre-marital Issues:

Some couples may want to explore couple therapy to address potential issues that may arise in marriage before getting married. This may allow the couple to have a stronger foundation in their relationship by understanding potential pitfalls and ways to build a stronger connection with each other.
Who can come for couple therapy?
Any couple who thinks they can benefit from this therapy and are committed to working on relationship dynamics and communication. In Private Space Medical, those who seek couple therapy include:
  1. Married couples
  2. Engaged couples
  3. Dating couples
  4. Cohabitating couples
  5. Same-sex couples
  6. Heterosexual couples

Seek Help Today

If you resonate with any of the challenges mentioned or simply feel that your relationship could benefit from professional guidance and support, we encourage you to take the next step and reach out to our experienced therapists. Remember, seeking couple therapy is not a sign of failure but rather a proactive step towards fostering a healthier and more fulfilling relationship. Contact us today to embark on a journey of growth and connection with your partner.

Joanne Goh

Principal Therapist
Private Space Medical