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Couples Therapy For a Healthy Relationship By Adrianna Notton

  in Relationships | Published 2012-07-30 14:10:56 | 196 Reads | Unrated

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Whether a relationship is new, old, almost perfect, or on the rocks, signing up for couples therapy can help keep the peace and allow for better communication Before taking the next step, be it marriage or the birth of a child, counseling will help keep the lines of communication open

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Whether a relationship is new, old, almost perfect, or on the rocks, signing up for couples therapy can help keep the peace and allow for better communication. Before taking the next step, be it marriage or the birth of a child, counseling will help keep the lines of communication open. Every couple is different and has needs that can be taken care of with the help of a counselor.

Money is the root of many problems for marriages and relationships. A counselor has the ability to help a couple create a budget that both partners can agree on. Spending small amounts of money on each
other can help a couple connect and realize that they still care about each other. Rekindling the flame can take some work, and both partners have to be involved and willing to make the effort to keep the love alive.

In many modern marriages, both spouses need to work to make ends meet. This makes it very hard for partners to spend enough time together to stay connected. For many busy relationships, especially those which involve children, the partners are only able to be alone together at night when they go to bed.

A lack of intimacy can make each half of the couple feel isolated. If they are unable to spend time with each other during the day, cuddling, talking, and intimacy at night can help. If one or both partners are no longer interested or able to perform sexually, a visit with a doctor can rule out hormonal problems.

At least one night a week should be dedicated to being alone together. Many counselors will suggest hiring a babysitter to take care of small children for a few hours. This is a great way to make new memories and relieve stress. Spouses who never spend time with one another can grow apart and forget what it is like to be in love.

A majority of people in relationships have fights, and arguing can be a healthy outlet. However, learning how to fight may take counseling. A therapist can teach a couple how to express feelings without blame or belittling. Everyone should get a chance to talk about how they feel and what changes they would like to see in the future of the relationship.

Before marriage, it is important to establish what is expected of each partner, especially if the couple has never cohabited. Chores will often need to be assigned. A messy partner and a more uptight, clean partner might have trouble negotiating on how clean the living space must be. Each spouse should be able to feel comfortable in their own home.

With an open mind and heart, those who engage in couples therapy can make strong progress and build up the foundation of their relationship. Even those who feel they never have couple problems should participate in a therapy session or two to learn new ways to communicate. Romantic relationships and marriage can be beautiful if each partner has a chance to express themselves in healthy ways.

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