Do I need couples therapy? That’s a question you can be faced with and you might be unsure whether to do it or not.
Couples therapy can work wonders for a relationship on the rocks and may be necessary to save your marriage. However couple’s therapy is not for everyone, and you may be wondering if it’s even necessary or whether or not it works in the first place. Hundreds of people go to see a couple’s therapist and achieve great results, while others find that their relationship falls apart regardless, so there are a few things to consider.
First off, couples therapy is not cheap. A competent couples therapist can cost anywhere from $75-$150 per hour! This means you have to really research any therapist you’re considering and decide whether or not the price is worth it. You can usually save money by going to a couples retreat, especially if you feel the need for a vacation, as the retreats are usually group therapy and cost a bit less. Be sure that your therapist is accredited and try to research to see if they have a lot of success with other couples.
Who seeks out couples therapy?
You normally seek couples therapy when you are experiencing problems in your relationship that seem to have no end in sight. Sometimes people carry baggage or emotional pain from a previous relationship, and it manifests itself negatively in their current relationship. This happens a lot with married couples with children, where the stress of daily life and raising children makes keeping up a relationship more difficult. In these cases, many couples slip into having a sexless marriage, and divorce seems imminent. In such cases, a marital therapist might be just the trick.
A couples therapist is also great if you find that your relationship is filled with strife and arguments. If your evenings usually devolve into a screaming match, then a couples therapist can help work through your issues. The best thing about most couples therapists is that they are intensive, where you work with a professional in a quiet, controlled setting. This usually helps both you and your partner remain calm and freely talk about your innermost feelings.
Anything else I should know?
Be very careful with couples therapy though, because the results may not be what you expected. Some couples leave therapy and decide that it’d be best if both people went their separate ways. Most couples therapists will not recommend for either partner to remain in the relationship if it would have a negative effect on either.
Couples therapy isn’t for everyone. For minor problems, you can save a lot of money and time by just purchasing books or taking time out of your schedule and talking the problem out with your partner. If you are constantly fighting or feel that there are deeper issues in your relationship that neither you nor your partner really have a handle on, then couple’s therapy may be the best investment.
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