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Rough phase in your relationship? I think we all understand that maintaining a healthy relationship requires effort, time and commitment. A relationship doesn’t mend itself. So… Does that mean, you reach out to a couple counsellor near you only when there is a crisis in your relationship. Well, the answer in no! Couple counselling or relationship counselling is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on improving the communication between them, resolving the issues within the intimate relationship by gaining an insight into the problems and enhancing the relationship satisfaction. Couple counselling is your answer when your relationship is a bit shaky and trust is an issue, coping with break up is hard, or even when you want to improve your relationship and make it stronger.

How does couple counselling work?

Couple counselling helps a couple introspect and get insights into one’s relationship. 

  • A couple who is motivated to resolve the conflicts can begin to explore their problems from a different perspective.
  • There are few tools or techniques that are provided for the couples, by the therapist through which they can learn new ways to recognize and resolve conflicts. 
  • Partners can change their communication pattern or improve the communication that may have damaged the quality of their interactions in the past. 
  • During the counselling sessions the couples would feel that the therapist is a common neutral source of help who helps couples work through tough issues and to put aside the unwanted load of factors that prevents the couple from moving on.
  • In the course of counselling, the couples will be able to reflect on their past and understand how can that affect their relationship.
  • The couple counselling makes the couple better understand, how the external factors like family values, religion, culture and lifestyle could possibly have an impact on the couple’s relationship.
  • Couples can decide to rebuild their marriage if at all they had decided to end their relationship and can renew their commitment, or at least clarify the reasons why is there a need to separate or end the marriage.
  • May be due to various reasons, sometimes if the couple has to end the relationship, couple counselling helps them cope with the change or break up, deal with the the emotions, and help cope better with the situation.  

Frequently asked questions  

  1. What is the success rate of couple counselling?

Research has shown a success rate of 65% - 75%. Some of the techniques  that are effective with couple counselling is emotion focused therapy for couples. 

  1. What do you learn in couple counselling? 

Couple counselling is helpful for couples to improve a troubled relationship. Couple counselling helps with various issues such as communication problems, conflicts with child rearing, substance abuse, anger, infidelity and sexual difficulties. 

  1. Does marriage counselling work? 

Marriage counselling is a healing process that a couple goes through. Of course, there is no magic wand to fix a broken relationship. But using specific therapeutic interventions, family therapists can help a couple work towards a better relationship. 

  1. How do I know if I need marriage counselling? 

There are many signs that your marriage or your relationship will give to show that it needs extra care, nurturing and attention. Some of the signs that hint towards you getting help might be poor communication between the two of you, too much negativity, when you are not open in your relationship, when you contemplating having an affair, when you are living separate lives or when you feel things are just not right. 

  1. How long does marriage counselling take? 

Marriage counselling for each couple varies for couple to couple. However, on an average a couple may take 12 – 16 sessions for successful marriage counselling.

  1. How do I prepare for marriage counselling? 

First and foremost, it is important for you to have an open mind to working over your relationship. It is important for you to be 100% committed to working this out. 

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The effectiveness and success depends on both the clients(couples) and the therapist. The willingness and the motivation of the couples to set things right is as important as the therapist being experienced and equipped with doing a marriage counselling. And it is always good to remember that more the time duration of being in a unhealthy and fragile relationship, the more is the time consumed to understand and resolve it. So it is always best to seek professional help if there are frequent misunderstandings or issues within the relationship in the initial stage of marriage itself. 

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RENUKA B H
M.Phil (Clinical Psychology), MA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

SHABDITA RITU SARMAH
M Phil (Clinical Psychology), M A(Clinical Psychology)

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JASMINE MARY JOHN
Ph.D.(Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS ), M. Phil. (Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS)

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