Most couples in committed relationships know that rough patches are inevitable. Although no relationship is free of disagreement or conflict, partners can often overcome those obstacles and move forward together. Nevertheless, from time to time, problems can arise that threaten the health of the relationship and create tension, frustration, or even distrust between partners. A psychiatrist or a marriage therapist can help couples to analyze issues that create trouble for their relationships and not only shed light on emotional problems and disagreements, but also assess potential underlying mental conditions, substance abuse issues, or physical imbalances that fuel conflict.
Did you know . . .
Psychiatrists are not only therapists, but also physicians. Whether you feel frustrated because your partner is disinterested in sex or face difficulties in your relationship due to chronic depression, a psychiatrist is trained to identify underlying physical and mental health issues that can contribute to problems for couples. If you or your spouse suffers from chronic depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, or another condition that contributes to conflict in your relationship, then your psychiatrist might prescribe medication that can to alleviate symptoms, restore balance to the body, and put your relationship on a level playing field.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could my partner and I need couples therapy for conflict in our relationship?
If you experience conflict in your relationship that traditional forms of mediation cannot resolve, then you and your partner might benefit from couples therapy. Compassion Mental Health Services can help couples to identify stressors, potential risk factors, underlying contributory factors, and social mechanisms that create conflict in their relationships, as well as encourage timely psychological education and intervention-based treatment. If you or your partner struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, or other problematic conditions, then your psychiatrist or therapist can likely recommend appropriate treatment.
What should I expect during couples therapy?
Couples therapy often begins with counseling to identify the source of conflict in a relationship. You will learn coping skills to strengthen and solidify your relationship by communicating effectively with active listening, solving problems, and discussing differences rationally. Compassion Mental Health Services can guide you to better understand the sources of your conflicts and identify negative behavioral patterns. Ultimately, the goal of couple’s therapy is to help couples to determine whether they want to move forward in their relationships and, if so, then teach them how to do so in a healthy way.
What should my partner and I expect to gain from couple’s therapy?
As you move forward in your relationship, you’ll come to realize that each partner has his or her personal set of ideals, beliefs, and opinions. When one partner’s personal beliefs do not match the beliefs of the other partner, you’ll learn to embrace your differences and find solutions that both your partner and you can agree upon.
If you want to learn more about couples therapy, then please call Compassion Mental Health Services today or visit our facilities to arrange a confidential mental health consultation.