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Thinking of couples therapy? Some reasons why you might give it a try!

October 19, 2023

Despite all the positive media attention towards mental health and well-being, there is still a lot of stigma around seeking help from a therapist, especially when it comes to our closest relationships. If the thought of couples therapy has crossed your mind or you’re on the fence about whether or not to broach the topic with a loved one, here are some reasons why you might want to take that next step: 

Taking a Proactive Approach

We often hear people say that they didn’t think things were bad enough to go to therapy or that others have it much harder than they do. We want you to know that everyone deserves to get support and the evidence shows that early intervention strategies can prevent issues from developing and worsening. Try to let those worries go and focus on what is important to you. Couples therapy can be insightful and enriching, even when there is no imminent goal or decision to make. 

Navigating Life’s Stressors

Stressful situations and challenging decisions can put a strain on our relationships. During these times we can fall short on taking care of ourselves which means we aren’t operating at our fullest potential. Exhaustion sets in and our communication skills begin to decline. We sometimes even go into “survival mode” by distracting ourselves and withdrawing. Getting support during major life events and transitions like marriage, trying to conceive, pregnancy, navigating parenthood, or going through menopause can help couples prepare for and equip themselves with helpful conversations and tools. Working with a therapist can support you to thrive during these life transitions!

Things are feeling…well, rough! 

The reality is that relationships go through ups and downs. If you are struggling with an important relationship in your life, you are not alone. When things feel overwhelming or you feel stuck, therapy can provide a safe space to identify relationship goals, gain awareness about unhelpful patterns, and learn how to deepen connection and intimacy. These opportunities give couples some breathing space and a chance to remind themselves of the big picture and collaborate on what is most important, in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. 

The quality of our relationships matter and they significantly contribute to our mental well-being! BRIA therapists can help create a supportive environment to navigate and enhance your relationship. Click here and scroll down to “Couples Therapy” to book a session today.

Written By:

Anuschka Naidoo

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