It may feel impossible to discuss important issues with your partner without having those discussions be derailed by arguing, criticism, and defensiveness.
It is not conflict itself that leads to the end of a relationship, but rather, the inability to manage that conflict in a healthy manner. Couples counseling teaches couples healthy communication skills that can be used during times of conflict.
With the everyday demands placed on us, couples may find that they are focusing on other things, rather than the distress in their relationships. When couples do not work on their relationship, they may start to withdraw from one another and feel more like roommates than partners. Couples counseling can also help bring the friendship back to your relationship.
Couples often feel that their relationship difficulties are not serious enough to warrant couples counseling. Counseling, like going to a medical doctor, can be preventive, as well as help to maintain your relationship’s health.