So: exactly why does couples therapy work? You may have heard a lot about this form of therapy over the past few years, but not everyone is really familiar with WHY it is effective. Let?s discuss.
A Compounded Problem
Not surprisingly, relationships aren?t insulated from the problems affecting the rest of the world. The cost of treating depression in the U.S. totals an incredible approximately $80 billion every single year (in lost productivity as well as health care). Americans who have depression, often don?t seek treatment. When one or both partners are dealing with depression or other forms of mental illness and not receiving care, it can make it a lot more difficult to conduct a functional relationship. Sometimes, couples therapy can help to get to the root of these problems rather than simply addressing the most surface-level problems that crop up.
People Forget How to Communicate
You may have said ?I Do? to your partner, and they said it back, but the reality is that people change over time. Think back to who you were 10 years ago; did you have different wants, needs and hopes? The same will be true 10 years in the future. Counseling can help couples realize that they need to make certain changes in order to function in a successful relationship. A lot of times this involves re-adjusting a perception of the person from several years ago, and understanding who they are today, in this moment.
Marriage Counseling Can Prevent Divorce
According to a recent survey, about 93% of people who underwent counseling with a marriage therapy said they had more tools for communication as a result. They also reported an improved ability to work as well as better physical health after receiving therapy, which some might say is an unexpected result. Basically, marriage counseling is useful because it provides a neutral third party who isn?t interested in assigning blame or taking sides. It can otherwise be difficult for couples to find this sort of feedback since most friends and family are going to be biased to one side of the story — or perceived by one or both members of the couple as biased, even if they aren?t.
Online Relationship Counseling is a Choice
Do you have trouble finding time in your mutual schedules to go to a counselor, or are all the counselors in your area fully booked for a while — and you need help now? You might want to consider the advantages of online relationship counseling. With so many improvements in technology, so long as you have a working web cam this variety of counseling can be just as effective as the traditional sort.
What do you think? Will you be opting for couples therapy anytime soon? Let us know what’s worked for you and your relationship.