What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners  sitting down with a trained professional to discuss their thoughts and feelings.  The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner so that they may improve communication and minimize conflict.

What is the difference between couple therapy and sex therapy?

Couple therapy focuses on the total relationship while sex therapy deals more specifically with sexual dysfunction. Other problems within a relationship often  affect the sexual relationship, and the quality of their sexual relationship is  important to many couples, so this may be discussed in couple therapy. However,  a couple may experience sexual problems in an otherwise sound relationship. If  this is the case, sex therapy may be beneficial. This treatment recommendation  would be based on the therapist’s initial assessment of the problem.

What kinds of problems do people usually bring to couple therapy?

People seek therapy for a range of problems and every couple is different. Some of the most common complaints include lack of communication, frequent or constant arguments, unfulfilled emotional needs, financial concerns and conflicts about children.

You may be wondering why these problems sound like common issues that many couples resolve without professional help. Couples often seek help not because their problems are different from those of other couples, but because they are unable to resolve them effectively. Other couples seek help as a result of a crisis in the relationship, such as an affair or apparent loss of affection and caring, or a traumatic event, such as an illness or loss in the family.