It is not uncommon for couples to enter a relationship expecting to encounter minimal conflict, have excellent communication, or always stay emotionally connected. Unfortunately, life is full of surprises and difficulties, and often the best of intentions become inadequate. When relationships are no longer at their best, or couples desire more connection, counseling can help define unrealistic expectations and offer insight into patterns and issues that may be having a negative impact. Counseling can also provide an environment for couples to problem-solve more effectively, engage in empathetic and active communication, and reduce conflict. Experiencing conflict in any relationship is unavoidable but learning how to resolve conflict can be a defining factor for turning a struggling relationship into a flourishing one. Counseling is an invaluable resource for couples desiring to relate to one another more effectively.
Counseling can also offer insight, encouragement and resources to help couples who are finding significant life transitions difficult. When couples experience a serious health diagnosis, feel unprepared to be empty nesters, or experience the loss of a loved one, it can be challenging to adapt, grieve or cope with the new reality. Counseling offers the opportunity to process the change and find healing and resilience together.