Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a licensed therapist helps people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, resolve conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction utilising a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Most couples come away from therapy with greater knowledge of their relational patterns and with the necessary skills to effectively communicate and problem-solve with their partners.
Although the practice of behavioural couples therapy may vary, all couples therapy tends to involve a focus on a specific problem, active participation on the part of the therapist in treating the relationship itself, rather than each individual separately.
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Keep a lookout for some of the following signs:
Lack of communication - When you stop sharing your feelings with your partner, you are likely to fight frequently and without resolution. This can build up resentment and unspoken issues that fester under the surface.
Ceasing to coexist - Starting to lead separate lives from each other usually stems from a breakdown in communication and intimacy. Often, when couples have been together for a long time, they coexist in a joined living space. This means eating dinner together, socialising together, and enjoying recreational activities together, even if this doesn't mean constantly talking.
Considering infidelity - If you or your partner are starting to look elsewhere for affection as well as physical intimacy, it is important to consider where they are coming from. These feelings should not be swept aside or ignored.
Fighting or bickering -. If you notice that you and your partner have suddenly started fighting more or having disproportionate fights over trivial matters, it is likely that you are both trying to vent some tensions below the surface. This includes the less obvious aggression such as snapping at each other or being unintentionally passive-aggressive.
Changes in your sex life -. If you feel the manner in which you have sex has changed, become less intimate or passionate, this could be indicative of underlying issues. Discussing sex is important and a large part of communicating as a couple.
Arguing over finances - If one of you is secretly spending, hiding aspects of your finances or simply being closed about financial issues, this will plant mistrust in your relationship.
If you notice recurring instances of a few of these symptoms, we at Skooc recommend a formal evaluation.
At Skooc, we help you better understand what you are going through. Typically, the first couples therapy session begins with some standard interview questions regarding the history of the relationship as well as deep-diving into each partner's family-of-origin, values, and cultural background. The therapist might use the initial sessions for crisis intervention if necessary. The couple's therapist will then assist the couple in identifying the issue that will be the focus of treatment, establishing treatment goals and planning a structure for treatment for each counselling session.
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Next Steps and Intervention
Our team of professional psychologists at Skooc can help you by providing the necessary interventions. During treatment, the therapist will help the couple gain insight into the relational dynamics creating the problem and guide both partners to understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. This will help them change the way they perceive the relationship and each other. To aid changing behaviours, couples therapists will often assign partners homework to apply the skills they have learned in therapy to their day-to-day interactions.
At Skooc, we use the following methods of behavioural therapy:
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT): EFT focuses on improving the attachment and bonding between you and your partner by understanding and changing patterns that lead to feelings of disconnection.
Psychodynamic couple's therapy: Psychodynamic therapy explores the underlying hopes and fears that motivate you and your partner to help you understand each other better.
Behavioural therapy: Also known as behavioural couples therapy (BCT), this form of therapy involves shaping behaviour by reinforcing positive behaviours that promote stability and satisfaction while discouraging behaviours that foster negativity.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): Also referred to as cognitive-behavioural couples therapy (CBCT), this form of therapy involves identifying and changing thought patterns that negatively influence behaviour.
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