|First, it is important to realize that couples therapy, marriage counselling and marital therapy are all the same. Couples therapy focuses on the problems existing in the relationship between two people. |
Couples therapy is often seen as different from psychotherapy because
a relationship is the focus of attention, instead of one individual diagnosed with a specific psychological problem.
In couples therapy, the psychologist will help you and your partner identify the conflict issues within your relationship, and will help you decide what changes are needed, in the relationship and in the behaviour of each partner, for both of you to feel satisfied with the relationship. Couples therapy involves learning how to communicate more effectively, and how to listen more closely. Couples must learn how to avoid competing with each other, and need to identify common life goals and how to share responsibilities within their relationship. Sometimes the process is similar to individual psychotherapy, sometimes like mediation, sometimes educational. The combination of the these three components is what makes it effective.
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