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Couples Therapy: Understanding Why It's Important to Invest In Your Relationship

When you commit to a relationship, you do so in the best of times, when your love is seemingly endless and the choice appears obvious. Life, however, has a way of testing your bonds time and again, which can erode the foundation of your relationship in significant ways.

At Southlake Counseling, Kimberly B. Krueger, MSW, LCSW, and our team of experienced and licensed mental health professionals recognize the challenges that come with relationships, which is why we provide couples therapy and marriage counseling. Through couples therapy, our goal is to give you and your partner the tools you need to rebuild your trust, your respect, and your communication for happier times ahead.

Reasons you may benefit from couples therapy

Before we get into how our couples therapy works, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you and your partner may benefit from third-party intervention.

One of the more common reasons why relationships fall apart is a lack of trust. Perhaps there’s been infidelity or maybe one partner is hiding financial problems. Whatever brought about the break in trust, few relationships can continue without it — at least in any healthy way.

Another reason why many couples come to see us is incessant bickering and arguing. Most couples argue from time to time, but when these arguments become more frequent and they’re triggered by even the most insignificant event, it usually means that there’s something much larger at play.

Many issues between couples also stem from a lack of communication. If you and your partner have ceased to talk to each other, whether it’s to voice a concern or offer up praise, this is a clear warning flag that things aren’t quite right. The “silent treatment” is a poor communication tool under any circumstance, and no more so than in a couple’s relationship.

Rounding out the list of reasons why you might benefit from our couples therapy is simply prevention. Perhaps your relationship is going well, for the most part — your trust is intact and you don’t fight all that much. Still, you understand that all relationships require effort and any work you do to prevent a problem is work well worth undertaking.

How couples therapy works

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for couples therapy, as it depends upon your unique dynamics. To get started, we use an innovative tool called the Gottman Relationship Checkup, which is a HIPAA-compliant questionnaire that contains 480 questions that address:

Each partner fills out the questionnaire, which is assessed for potential problems. Armed with this information, we decide where we should concentrate our efforts through counseling.

Many of our clients find this process eye-opening and cathartic, as we break down the walls of miscommunication and open the lines to healthier interactions.

If you and your partner would like to invest in your relationship through couples therapy, please contact one of our three offices in Charlotte, Davidson, or Hickory, North Carolina, so we can set up an appointment.

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