For individuals wanting to improve their interpersonal skills — areas of focus include managing emotions, healthy boundaries, assertiveness, constructive conflict, and effective communication. Relationship coaching can be helpful for people whose partners will not join them in couples counseling. While it is preferable for the couple to attend together, increasing one’s interpersonal skills can create positive changes in the relationship.
Any long-term relationship will face challenges at some point. People continue to evolve and change, and relationships are not immune to the stress of our fast-paced lives. On-going misunderstanding, conflict, hurt, disappointment, and anger can erode intimacy and connection. Personality differences, lifestyle preferences, finances, illness, relatives, parenting issues, broken trust, and sexual concerns are just a few of the issues over which couples struggle. Couples therapy can help to increase understanding and empathy, improve communication, repair trust, and develop greater intimacy and satisfaction.
Is appropriate for couples where one or both are considering separation or divorce. Its purpose is to help couples develop clarity about their next steps and to have a deeper understanding of the personal and relational dynamics that led to this crisis point. It helps people to assess their level of motivation to determine if they want to try to repair. Three potential paths are considered — maintaining the status quo, moving toward separation/divorce, or committing to six-months of couples therapy to see if the relationship can be improved. Discernment Counseling is a short-term process, usually between one to five sessions, that concludes when the couple makes a decision about their relationship.
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