The Link Between Therapy And Healthy Relationships

How therapy can enhance your relationships.

What is Therapy? 28th Jul, 2021

In today’s world, it seems almost impossible to establish or maintain a healthy and happy relationship. With all the added pressure of working non-stop, the interference of social media, and the swift pace of life, focusing on creating a stable relationship with your partner can seem like a daunting task. Although no relationship is perfect, it is not impossible to build a strong and loving one. This may require effort from both partners, but the key to success is right at your fingertips. 

If you and your partner are trying to make time for each other, you find it challenging to communicate effectively, and you are dealing with more stress than expected, therapy can be a solution. Read on to learn more about how couples’ therapy can lead to a more stable relationship. 

How Can Relationship Therapy Help

Many different types of therapy can be applied to relationships, but they all have the same goal: to improve relationships. The nature of interpersonal communication will inevitably lead to some disagreements and problems between partners. This natural tendency is amplified in long-term romantic relationships like a marriage. The more time we spend with someone, the more likely we face challenges that will put the relationship at risk. Although partners are sometimes expected to have disagreements and even fights, there is a fine line between normal pressure and bad pressure. 

A therapist can help a couple struggling with all of these issues. They are the five general principles that guide couples’ therapy. 

1. Change The Partner’s Point Of View On The Relationship: 

We often fall into destructive family behaviours, or harmful thought patterns, which can cause us to ignore the general situation. When it comes to how we cause problems in relationships, we tend to identify what our partners did wrong, instead of what we can do better. 

2. Correct Any Abnormal Behaviours: 

Perhaps one of the most important tasks of couples’ therapy is to help lovers correct their behaviour with each other, especially harmful ones. Even those with good intentions can inadvertently cause unnecessary pain or harm to their partner, be it physical, psychological, or emotional. 

3. Reduce Emotional Avoidance: 

Communication is the foundation of any relationship, whether through spoken, sign, or body language. For a relationship to flourish, the two partners must share their feelings with each other. Although each of us has our own comfort level in sharing personal thoughts and feelings, we must have a minimum of communication to build a healthy relationship. 

4. Improve Communication: 

As mentioned above, communication is essential to repair and maintain good relationships. In addition to helping couples share emotions with each other, couples must also learn to communicate constructively. A therapist will always help partners to improve their communication skills. The focus here is not just communication, but rather “effective communication,” which goes hand in hand with active listening and empathy. 

5. Positive Mindset:

Therapists try to practice positive psychology. Every relationship has its strengths and weaknesses. Although most treatments will focus on weaknesses, positive treatments will also celebrate and enhance the relationship’s strong points. A good couples’ therapist will help couples determine their strengths, but will let them decide for themselves what is best for their relationship. Building a more robust relationship may involve engaging in specific behaviours more frequently, changing your overall view of the relationship, or simply learning to emphasise the positive aspects of the relationship more than the negative.

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