“Is the most prevalent problem in general population.”
— Escalating fights
— Spending less time together
— Focusing more on kids than each other
— Having little or no sex
— You no longer, have anything in common
— Looking for distractions from the problems
— Arguing over the same subject repeatedly
— Intimacy is a thing of the past
Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment
A romantic relationship is one of the closest we have as humans. Choosing a partner and staying together through life’s twists and turns is rarely simple. When we choose to get married and raise a family together, unsurprisingly this only adds to the complexity.
Whether you have the odd tiff, full-blown arguments or you have simply stopped having fun – very few relationships exist conflict-free. When this (one of our most important relationships) begins to falter, our health and happiness often suffers. While for many of us our first instinct is to try and work through problems alone, it can be incredibly useful to seek outside help.
One route you may choose to go down is couples counselling – a form of talk therapy designed for those in a relationship. On this page we will look at couples counselling in more detail, including how it can help and some of the common relationship problems explored.
How can counselling for couples help?
When we have been in a relationship or marriage for a long time it can be easy to fall into a trap of not listening to the other person or not communicating our needs clearly. Sometimes talking to someone with no connection to yourself or your partner is all it takes for you to gain perspective. What couples counselling offers here is the chance to speak to someone with no preconceived notions of who you are as a couple, with the added bonus of having skills and training behind them to guide you through your concerns.
The overall aim of couples counselling is to help you do the following:
- Understand how external factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship.
- Reflect on the past and how it operates in the present.
- Communicate in a more constructive way.
- Learn why arguments escalate.
- Negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible.
As your counselling sessions progress, you and your partner may find a way of overcoming your problems, or you may decide it is time to part ways. Either way, hopefully counselling will offer you the space to grow and decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.
- Marital Issues
- Divorce Counseling
- Break Up
- Family Problems
- Domestic Violence
- Couple Counseling
- Pre-Marital Therapy
Useful Info on Marital Problems
When is the right time to seek help?
Every couple is different and so when you choose to seek help will depend on the nature of the issue you are facing. If you are concerned about your relationship (for whatever reason) and feel you are unable to reach a conclusion alone, it is likely that you will benefit from couples counselling.
For some, the suggestion of couples counselling is considered a ‘last resort’ to save a relationship/marriage. While of course this is sometimes the case, you do not have to wait until things get that bad before trying couples counselling. Many couples use therapy sessions as a way to keep their relationship healthy and address any underlying concerns that may become conflicts in the future.
Many marriages are troubled with conflict and become a source of pain instead of love and happiness. At Inner Space, we work with couples through marriage counseling in individual and joint sessions in order to resolve relationship and marriage problems. Initial sessions of marriage counseling or couples counseling involve working with one partner at a time. After some headway has been made individually, joint sessions are encouraged.
In these sessions, we focus on the following:
An improved understanding of oneself and one’s partner:
When in a difficult relationship, we are often too distressed to understand not only the opposite person but even our own behavior. We often experience this when for example, we have a sudden aggressive outburst and later on wonder what led to it. Hence, this is one of the first steps towards a healthier relationship.
Gaining insight into each other’s personality differences, needs and expectations:
This of course is understandably a core area of focus. Often in a troubled marriage, conflicts occur not because we do not intend well, but because both partners have different emotional needs. Our needs and expectations are active all the time. It is essential for us to appreciate each other’s needs and also understand where incompatibilities arise.
Developing better communication skills:
Successful communication is when the sender and the receiver of the message perceive the same intent behind it. It often becomes difficult to achieve this when we are in a state of conflict and damages the relationship further. We therefore focus on active listening, assertive communication and other such skills. Moreover, we coach both partners to communicate effectively even during an argument, to prevent escalation of conflict.
Learning problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies:
These strategies are coping skills that enable one to manage the situation better when either one person is undergoing a negative emotion or has incompatible expectations. Reducing catastrophization and introducing more objectivity into the situation often relieves a good deal of stress in itself.
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Counselling & THERAPY:
|Individual Therapy||–||As Per Expert|
|Cognitive Behavior Therapy||–||₹ 1500/hour|
|Relaxation Training||–||₹ 1500/hour|
|Family Therapy||–||₹ 2000/hour|
|Marital / Couple Therapy||–||₹ 2000/hour|
|Personality Assessment||–||₹ 2000|
|Anxiety Rating Scale||–||₹ 1000|
|IQ Assessment||–||₹ 2000|
|ADHD, LD Assessments each||–||₹ 2000|
|Career Assesment & Guidance||–||₹ 4000|
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