Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy for individuals in relationships who wish to address a wide range of relationship issues including recurring conflicts, feelings of disconnection, an affair, issues related to sex, or difficulties due to external stressors such as extended families.
Therapy often includes sessions designed to improve problem solving, build communication skills, and identify life goals and relationship responsibilities. Depending on the level of distress in the relationship, therapy can be short term or over a period of several months.
Couples counselling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions. The counselor or therapist helps couples pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them. Partners will analyze both the good and bad parts of their relationship.
Talking about your problems with a counsellor may not be easy. Sessions may pass in silence as partners seethe over perceived wrongs. Or they may bring their fights with them, yelling and arguing during sessions. Both are OK. Therapists can act as mediators or referees and help you cope with the emotions and turmoil.
Sometimes one partner may refuse to attend counseling sessions, It may be more challenging to patch up relationships when only one partner is willing to go to therapy. But one can still benefit by learning more about their reactions and behaviors in the relationship.