The article below details the kinds of situations that can be improved by a couples therapist.
Everyday challenges that all couple’s face
The previous articles described the kinds of difficulties that might prompt one to seek a couples therapist. But, how does one know whether one needs a couples therapist or whether one must weather the storm of everyday marital difficulties? All marriages must weather challenges, including learning to:
- agree on values, goals and life styles
- communicate openly
- support each other
- trust each other
- adjust to living together
- regulate distance and closeness
- develop a capacity for sexual and emotional intimacy
- agree on how to manage money
- share the responsibilities of maintaining a household together
- agree upon a schedule that works for both partners
- tolerate differences
- tolerate conflict
- if you decide to have children – adjust to the birth of a child
- share child rearing responsibilities
- adjust and respond sensitively to the needs of children
- suffer through and endure their children’s adolescence
- survive your in laws
- treat each other with respect
When couples find themselves struggling with these challenges, it may be helpful to consider an evaluation for couple’s therapy or marriage counseling. Here are some warning signs of marriage trouble (or relationship trouble). A psychologist or couples therapist can help you to assess whether any sort of marriage counseling is warranted. Find a good marriage counselor.
Individuals and couples who are uncertain as to whether their difficulties would respond best to individual psychotherapy or couples therapy are welcome to call me: 301.656.9650. Please be sure to leave your day and evening numbers as well as the time that it it best to reach you.
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