Couple therapy

The purpose of couple’s therapy is to restore a better level of functioning in couples who experience relationship distress. The reasons for distress can include poor communication skills, incompatibility, or a broad spectrum of psychological disorders that include domestic violence, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, etc. The focus of couple’s therapy is to identify the presence of dissatisfaction in the relationship, and to implement a treatment plan with objectives designed to improve the presenting symptoms and restore the relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning. Couples therapy can assist persons who are having complaints of intimacy, sexual, and communication difficulties.  Cooperation is vital for the therapy process. Couples should have a desire to modify and/or change dysfunctional behaviors. Honesty and emotional openness is a necessary component for treatment. The couple’s assessment process usually includes in-depth information gathering concerning the present problem, and assessment of occupations, schooling, employment, childhood development, parental history, substance abuse, religion, relational, medical, legal, and past psychological history, in the form an interview. The psychotherapist and the couple can then devise the best course of treatment planning. Treatment usually takes several months. Once the couple has developed adequate skills and has displayed an improved level of functioning that is satisfactory to both, then treatment can be finished. Clients are encouraged to return to treatment if relapse symptoms appear. Follow-up visits and long-term psychological therapy can be arranged between parties if this is mutually decided as beneficial.

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