Couples therapy helps you gain insight into your relationship, resolve conflict and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions. Talking about your needs, vision and offenses in a structured way can help you to understand each other better and to gain tools that help you in communicating and sorting out problems more effectively.
Couples therapy usually begins with exploring the history of the relationship, each partner’s family-background and values. After understanding the history and current state of the relationship the goal is to identify the issues that will be the focus of therapy, establish treatment goals and plan the structure for treatment.
After deciding the focus of the work, the therapist will help the couple gain insight into the relationship dynamics maintaining the problem, while helping both partners understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions. This will help them change the way they perceive the relationship and each other. The therapist might use initial sessions for crisis intervention if necessary. Couples therapy also involves actually changing behaviours and ways of interacting with each other. The therapists will often assign partners homework to apply the skills they have learned in therapy into their daily interactions.