New Ideas in Couples Therapy

Couples therapy has been around for many years, but the counseling that troubled men and women engage in today barely resembles the one that couples in the 1950’s and 1960’s used to help make their relationships better and stronger.

Who should attend couples therapy?

Couples therapy is an ideal solution for anyone who is engaged in a troubled relationship that both parties believe in their hearts is worth saving.  Couples therapy can help when individuals have become combative or simply stopped talking to one another.  Therapy is also the best way to heal after a traumatic event such as the death of a child, an illness, a drug addiction or infidelity.

What are the new ideas in couples’ therapy?

Currently, there are several concepts in play at couples therapy programs around the country that could still technically be considered “in their infancy.”  But just because they have been introduced in the past 20-plus years does not make them any less effective.  These new ideas include:

Treating the root causes rather than the symptoms

Early couples therapy focused on solving specific conflict problems in the home without truly addressing what caused these issues in the first place.  Today, couples therapy places a greater emphasis on the foundation of a relationship, correctly assessing that putting a “band-aid” on the problem isn’t going to help in the long run.

Enhancing communication skills

As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”  This adage is being put into practice in modern couples’ therapy where counselors are teaching men and women how to communicate with one another at the most basic level.  The hope is that they will then use these skills to confront a variety of different situations with greater success.  If a couple can communicate well with one another, the thinking goes, they will be able to deal with financial, sex or family issues with equal aplomb.

Involving the entire family

Over the years, research has found that children are negatively impacted by the divorce of their parents which can turn the problem in to a full-blown family crisis.  With that in mind, couples therapy has reached out to include child-related issues into the counseling program.  Married couples with young children have a lot at stake.  Couples therapy now better reflects the risks of these situations.

Why is couples therapy so important?

Many relationships end without ever being given a chance to succeed.  Individuals may love one another, but lack the communication skills to overcome their problems and focus on that mutual respect and admiration.  Couples therapy programs help individuals discuss their issues in a safe, non-threatening environment so they can solve relationship problems and build trust.

Moonview Sanctuary takes couples therapy to a new level. The caring, experienced counselors at Moonview understand that real solutions only come when the root of the problem is explored and the lines of communication are redefined.  Couples who enter Moonview with their relationship in crisis are given a chance to literally rebuild the foundations of their union and move forward in a completely new way. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Overcoming Personal Crisis program.

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