Research by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists shows that 98% of the couples who had attended couples counseling sessions expressed high levels of satisfaction, says an article on Guidedoc.
All of us are aware that relationships require a lot of hard work. Just like a machine, they also need regular maintenance, if you want them to last you a long time, if not for life. But most of us forget to put in all that effort. And, when things start turning bad, how many consider seeking professional help? They try their usual DIY approach and end up making matter worse for themselves and their partner.
The fact is that couples counseling can save your relationship and it is best to seek help as soon as possible. Here’s a look at the three key benefits of couples counseling in rebuilding a damaged relationship.
1. Identify Key Issues
With the support of a skilled and experienced couples counselor, you and your partner can identify the root cause of the issues you are dealing with and discover ways to eliminate it, says an article by Linda Charnes, a leading couples counselor in NYC.
A therapist will act as a guide in helping both of you find your way through the various problems. Also, at times, it is necessary to get an outside perspective on things. It can help to focus on any aspects that had been unknowingly ignored.
2. Understand Each Other’s Feelings
One of key things that makes a relationship work is an insight into how the other is feeling. Being able to empathize with your partner or even understand and accept what they are feeling lays a strong foundation for any relationship.
Couples counseling paves the way for expressing your feelings in a safe environment, without being judged. This will help both of you to decide about the direction in which you to proceed.
3. Promote Personal Growth
A counseling session each week can help you to understand some unique traits of your own personality and the things that motivate you. The focus will obviously be on your relationship, but this will also improve other areas of your life. As a result, you will gain valuable insight into how you relate to your partner and vice versa.
Behavioural couples therapy has proven to be beneficial for 69% of the couples who have opted for it, while traditional couples therapy has been found to be effective for 50% to 60% of the couples, says a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.