Each couple is different and faces a unique set of circumstances. Some couples come into counseling for minor adjustments early in their relationship, while others search out couples therapy when the relationship has turned negative, or need counseling during the ending of the relationship. I often see mixed-culture or mixed-language couples where different backgrounds and language have made communication between the partners difficult.
A few areas that often are useful for couples to attend to are:
- Broken trust
- Emotional avoidance
- Disrupted communication
- Negative relational patterns
- Family stress and transitions
- Loss of respect for the partner
- Loss of shared goals
- Culture and language differences
I seek to treat the relationship when couples seek counseling, but it is often equally important to be aware of specific individual difficulties that have become integral to the current relational difficulties.