Even healthy relationships experience difficulties. This is where couples counseling can help equip you with the tools you need to get your relationship back on track. Below, we will discuss 5 signs it’s time for a couple to see a therapist.
Times to Seek Counseling for Couples:
1. YOUR COMMUNICATION ISN’T HEALTHY.
Does it feel like everything is “off” when you and your partner aren’t communicating well? If so, you’re not alone. Healthy communication is essential to feel connected and loved in a relationship. It’s important to learn and practice good communication skills in order for a relationship to thrive. Unfortunately, it rarely comes to us naturally. Couples counseling can be tremendously beneficial to gain good communication skills, which is one of the foundations of any healthy and strong relationship.
2. YOU FEEL MORE LIKE ROOMMATES THAN INTIMATE PARTNERS.
At the beginning of your relationship, you may have felt like you and your partner connected so easily. You studied one another and shared your intimate hopes and dreams for the future. Do you feel like you’re living separate lives now? Or maybe your relationship has become so comfortable that, after a long day, you end up sitting on the couch watching Netflix while texting on your phones. Seeing a professional therapist can help you reestablish the emotional connection that is vital for a fulfilling relationship.
3. TRUST IS BROKEN.
Do you feel unsafe at the thought of opening up and sharing your heart with your partner? Broken trust is a relationship-destroyer if it cannot be restored. Did you know that trust can be lost through actions other than infidelity? If you realized your partner broke your trust by lying to you, being dishonest with finances, or other ways, one of our skilled couples therapists can help you navigate the path to restoring trust.
4. YOUR SEX LIFE ISN’T SATISFYING.
It’s common for sexual intimacy to change as a relationship matures. The demands of family life, work, and finances often show up in the bedroom. Research indicates that couples prefer a romantic connection, a sense of being on the same wavelength to the frequency or techniques of sex. That kind of connection during sex requires safety and vulnerability within your relationship outside of sexual intimacy as well. If you feel like you’re missing the bond to your partner you desire, a therapist can help you identify and restore the disconnection for a sex life that is satisfying again.
5. YOU KEEP SAYING TO YOURSELF, “OUR RELATIONSHIP WILL BE BETTER WHEN . . .”
If you are waiting for a difficult life event to pass, or hoping your partner will change, that’s also a good sign it’s time to see a couples therapist. Counseling for couples who are experiencing life crises can help you get your relationship back on track.
Get Professional Support for Your Relationship
All relationships require intentionality and work to be fulfilling and healthy. At LifeStance Health, we provide couples counseling which helps you achieve measurable, meaningful goals that will not only enhance your relationship but also your quality of life.