Work, life, kids, friends, family..all of the daily life stressors make it hard to keep your relationship a top priority. Taking the time to give your relationship the attention and commitment it needs is not always on the top of our list. The high demand of our busy schedules can lead couples to drift apart, creating unwanted space and distance. With couples counseling, we will make the time to invest in and prioritize your relationship, giving it a little tender loving care that it needs!
Maybe the problem is that the “spark” you and your partner once had is no longer there. You may be asking “What’s changed?” “Are we still attracted to each other?” “Are we different people now?” Whatever the questions may be, you know something is off. Couples counseling can help to explore what has “changed”, shed light on new relationship goals, and help you reach a better future together with an even brighter “spark”.
Do you and your partner just keep fighting? Do small, simple matters turn into major blow outs? Conflict resolution and communication are the foundation to any happy, healthy relationship. Without them, couples often turn to fighting and poor defense mechanisms, like criticism or even shutting down. At Brightside Therapy, couples counseling can teach you the essential and necessary skills to communicate your wants and needs effectively and respectfully while also gaining core conflict management skills to begin resolving problems like a pro!
What Is Couples Counseling?
The couples therapy experience is different for different couples. No two couples are alike, no couple has the same strengths, struggles, or goals. This therapeutic service helps relationships in identifying their strong and weak areas so that they can begin exploring necessary changes to make on their path to improvement. Contrary to the misconception that couples therapy only works when the couple is at the brink of breakage, this therapy can help couples at any stage. Don’t wait until things are bad to get help. Brightside Therapy’s relationship counseling service has vast experience in helping couples resolving the matters that they can not mend on their own. We understand that nurturing love is the key to long-term relationships and that is exactly what we will help you with.
What To Expect
My approach is collaborative, direct, and full of education, because believe it or not, we have to LEARN to be in a healthy relationship. It takes hard work. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I utilize my specialized relational training and approach to coach you on making the necessary adjustments and enhancements necessary to achieve your relationship goals. We can even have some fun in the process!
Here’s some of the goals we help couples achieve:
Prioritize Your Relationship
Learn to put your relationship FIRST. Couples counseling creates the space for you to invest the necessary time to explore the various wants, needs, desires that may have been overlooked. Give yourself the time to explore and gain insight into your relationship strengths, struggles, and open yourself up to creating positive change where it’s needed.
Conflict is natural and can even be healthy for maintaining real, long-term relationships. However, the struggle couples often have is RESOLVING that conflict. It is essential to resolve problems in a healthy, effective manner. Unresolved conflicts give rise to disconnection, resentment, trust issues, and distance. Couples therapy can help you to become an expert in conflict management and resolution, helping you in gaining a clearer perspective about your issues as well as gaining the skills to form healthy solutions to various conflict matters.
Are you having a hard time communicating with your partner? May it be the burden of unspoken emotions, distance, or various other challenges, a lack of communication can pose much damage to your relationship. Together, we can help you to learn the skills to express your emotions clearly, respectfully, and also practice healthy listening skills to be adequately heard. Instead of relying on time to resolve matters on its own, it is best to take charge of the matter head on. Brightside Therapy can help you in refining communication in the relationship.
Commitment can be scary for some of us, but it doesn’t have to be. Relationships go through ups and downs. When we are committed to our relationship and our partner, we have more ups than downs! However, staying committed and pleasing your partner is not always easy. It requires work on strengthening connection from both sides of the relationship. Brightside Therapy can help you learn to build this lasting connection and reinforce commitment long-term.
Consistency and honesty are essential when it comes to fostering trust in a relationship. Without trust, the relationship has problems with growth and stability. Various negative behaviors could affect the trust within the relationship such as lying, infidelity, breaking promises, inconsistency, and more. Couples counseling can help you to take the necessary steps in rebuilding trust, love, and stability in the relationship.
A crucial step towards strengthening your relationship with someone else is to better your relationship with yourself. Couples counseling can also help foster healthy levels of self-love and compassion with yourself which only improves your overall relationship quality. Learn to not only enhance appreciation with your partner, but also ensure that you enjoy a healthy and strong relationship with yourself .
Make Your Relationship A Success
Don’t put your relationship on the back burner. Get expert help to stimulate your relationship to grow in a positive direction. Offer your relationship a whole new horizon of excitement, connectivity, commitment, intimacy, skills, and more with Brightside Therapy’s quality couples counseling and relationship coaching. We will help you learn how to prioritize the important things, how to resolve conflicts civilly, enhance communication, and connect with your partner on a deeper level.
Questions & Concerns
How Long Will We Be In Therapy?
At Brightside Therapy, my approach is personalized for you and/or your relationship, focusing on your needs, goals, and utilizing your strengths. The more committed you are, the better (and shorter) outcome you will receive! We will work together to determine what you need and want from therapy, and work together diligently and efficiently to get you to where you need and want to be. Your relationship is important, it can take time to get you to where you want to be, but the length of therapy is essentially your choice.
My Partner and I Have Different Schedules. What If We Can’t Come Together?
Great question! Your therapy journey to building a happier, healthier relationship will be most effective if you AND your partner attend routine sessions. I know it can be difficult to be available at the same time, this is why I offer a flexible schedule that includes mornings, evenings, and weekend sessions by request to accommodate the high demands of your work/life balance and busy schedules to find a time that works best for BOTH of you!
We Are Worried About The Cost
This is a common concern of therapy. Therapy is a financial commitment, however, there’s no better investment than the health and happiness of your relationship. Additionally, I am also willing to discuss sliding scale options to allow healthy relationships therapy to be more accessible to those in need on a case by case basis.
Get The Support Your Relationship Deserves!
If you would like to learn more about our couples counseling or want to schedule an appointment with me, call 954-391-5305 ext. 9 today. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to answer all of your questions, get to know you and your goals for your own therapy process, and help you get started on your journey. I look forward to speaking with you!