Couples counseling and psychotherapy for relationship problems can be helpful for couples who engage in frequent conflict or unsatisfying communication patterns, have power or control struggles, experience betrayal, have sexual difficulties, have trouble maintaining relationships during life’s transitions, or who are experiencing other difficulties in their relationships. Our clinicians work with couples to work on relationships and work toward resolving problems in relationships.
Couples are often scared that coming to counseling will ruin or end their relationships, but most people who get relationship counseling improve upon their problems and learn how to resolve conflicts within their relationships. Our clients often find therapy to be a safe place to discuss their problems and find the tools we provide to be helpful in moving forward in their relationships.
Treating Relationship Problems
We offer counseling and therapy for married and non-married couples and have experiences working with many diverse couples on resolving problems in relationships. Couples therapy often involves meeting with a therapist to understand and resolve relationship difficulties. Therapy focused on talking through the difficulties that these couples face can be very helpful for resolving relationship problems.
To help our clients with their presenting relationship issues, we often use one or more of the following treatments:
- Susan Johnson’s Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT): psychotherapy with an emphasis on discussing how couples handle their emotions within their relationships
- John Gottman’s Research-Based Couples Therapy: using techniques shown by recent empirical research to be effective in couples therapy
- Conflict Resolution Techniques
- Communication Enhancement Techniques
Treatment planning begins with an assessment of multiple aspects of couples’ relationships. Our Marital Satisfaction Survey provides important information about the couples, relationship, and assists our clients and their therapist in developing goals for treatment.
These treatments and techniques help our therapists and clients understand the history of each partner in the relationship and how their histories might be contributing to the problems they are experiencing.
Both the University Center for Child and Family and the U-M Psychological Clinic offer help for relationship issues. Our mental health providers are ready to help you at either clinic. By calling either center, we will help match you with a clinician and center most appropriate for your needs or concerns.
Treatment Goals for Couples Experiencing Problems in Relationships
Our therapists assist in helping couples draw on the strengths of each individual and of the relationship itself to foster growth and a renewed sense of connection. They also work with couples to establish mutually agreed-upon therapy goals to increase the couple’s ability to engage in healthy communication and cooperative goal setting in learning how to resolve conflicts.
We strive to help couples focus on the positive aspects of their relationship while decreasing the negatives so they can resolve past relationship difficulties and deal more effectively with their relationship problems and any future conflict. It is our goal to help couples develop a more intimate, satisfying, and healthy relationship by using skills that will help their relationships continue to grow after therapy has ended.
Call us or fill out our online form if you are experiencing relationship issues. We are ready to help you make the most of your relationship and work through the issues you’re experiencing.