- Work to eliminate dysfunction All couples have some level of dysfunction in their relationship. This dysfunction can grow and worsen over time, often leading to unhappy relationships. In couples therapy, the couple and their therapist find the areas of the relationship that need to be altered and help adjust them to better fit the needs of the couple. While this process can be stressful at first, it has lasting positive effects on the relationship.
- Improve communication Talking about the issues of a relationship each week with your partner may seem like a daunting task, but having a third party present to challenge the way in which you communicate can be an eye opening process. Both partners will begin to see how they play into negative communication patterns, and how easy it is to switch into patterns of communication that are effective and positive.
- Foster strength One of the jobs the therapist has is to look for and highlight the strengths every couple possesses. It is from the solid foundation of those strengths that the couple may build a healthier, happier relationship. Oftentimes the couple in therapy does not see all of the strength they possess because the focus has long been on what does not work rather than what does. Having a therapist present to shift the focus onto what works can be extremely beneficial for couples. It gives them the sense that they are much further along then they recognized, and can help them appreciate that they are more resilient then they once believed.
If you think couples therapy may be right for you, email the therapists of Philadelphia MFT for more information at Contact@PhiladelphiaMFT.com.
This topic of the week was brought to you by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT