Get Your Relationship on Track with Thriveworks Austin Couples Counseling
Even the best of relationships has its challenging periods, and getting through those rough patches is part of what makes romance so interesting and, for many people, deeply satisfying. We see a lot of relational conflict acted out in our entertainment — slammed doors, callous words, resentment, makeup sex — and the characters often spend most of their time on screen muscling through each phase by navigating the questionable advice from friends and family, but mostly just making it up as they go along or simply resorting to expected behavioral patterns.
[*Cue laugh track.*]
Unfortunately, people experiencing relationship difficulties often have a difficult time seeing anything past the cutting remarks she said when he got home or the way he always appears to be hiding something. They come to the conclusion that things will never change, and that a(n) (un)clean break is the only way to see a more hopeful horizon.
The truth is, many once wonderful relationships turn sour and end in disaster despite the myriad opportunities for mutual growth and healing that present themselves along the way. This is one such presentation. Things may be really hard right now. Perhaps your relationship has been in negative place for such a long time and you feel like you’ve done everything, with “everything” being defined as shouting, screaming, arguing, belittling, ignoring, cheating, lying and many other tried-and-true methods for utter failure.
- Have you tried acceptance?
- Have you tried honest, open and judgment free communication?
- Have you tried looking for ways to make things better instead of always cleaning up messes?
- Have you tried finding ways to make his or her day better instead of moping about your own?
For some people, the lack of connection comes from a combination of past hurt and current pride, and for others it’s simply a lack of communication skills. In any case, know that there’s no shame in seeking external help for your relationship — only hope. And there’s no shame in not seeking couples counseling either — only missed opportunities.
Is It Time for Couples Counseling?
The best time to begin couples counseling is the moment when you realize that you may not have all the information you need in order to realize the full potential of your relationship.
Whether you believe your relationship is beyond repair, desperately on the rocks or even rock-solid, there’s a lot you can learn from meeting with the professionals at Thriveworks Austin Couples Counseling. Our counselors have worked with couples of varying ages, races, orientations and creeds, so its unlikely that your current issues are outside of their expertise. And even though they’ve worked with many couples with issues like yours in the past, don’t think you’ll be getting a formulaic counseling experience. Each couple is as unique as the individuals it comprises, so our counselors will tailor your sessions to your unique needs.
In your sessions, you, your partner and your counselor (although you may meet independently as well) will work together to define behavioral and communication patterns that have brought your relationship to where it is, and discuss methods that will help you move in a positive direction.
Some of these methods of change may include:
- Identifying problems
- Recognizing the most important problems for each partner
- Creating safe boundaries for discussion
- Teaching active listening
- Establishing honest and clear communication
- Creating trust
- Healing painful hurts from the past
- Establishing or fostering intimacy
- Dealing with addictions, medical problems and psychological issues
Contact Thriveworks Austin Couples Counseling
Until you’ve tried couples counseling, you really can’t say you’ve “tried everything” to fix your relationship. Whether you’re dealing with infidelity, finances, abuse, or simply looking to enrich your emotional partnership, Thriveworks Austin has experienced couples counselors that are ready to help.
Your relationship with your significant other should add to your life, not drain it right out of you. Don’t hesitate to get your relationship back on track. We are here for you.