One of the most important things I tell the couples I work with when they start Orlando couples therapy is that the process is meant to be therapeutic and beneficial, but not always easy. There are points during marriage therapy or relationship counseling that will be emotionally straining for a partner. Many times when a couple is seeking help for relationship issues, there have been emotions and experiences building up for months or years that finally start coming out.
If you and your partner are considering starting Orlando couples therapy there are a few things to remember.
If you feel as though you have reached your limit and are questioning whether you should end a relationship, it can be good to get professional help. Orlando couple’s therapy works when both partners can agree and be committed to the process. Without this crucial step, therapy can either seem like it is dragging on, improvements are not being made, or cause a partner to become even more overwhelmed than before.
Know what your commitment level will be like during the process. I have had experiences with both sides: A couple who is fully committed and a couple who is not. Both types of commitment levels are common, but when you begin the process of couples therapy with the mindset that you are not committed to the relationship, then this can actually do more harm than good.
Focus on the clear goals you have for yourself, your partner, and the relationship, and be willing to discuss this during the first session. Couple’s therapy is meant to be an aid and help improve the relationship. It requires both partners to be present during the process. You know to know yourself before you can be open to knowing your partner.
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Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.