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    Couples Counseling and Marriage Therapy

    Types of relationships

    Individuals having relationship issues might look for couples counseling and want to talk to a couples’ therapist. Besides having relationship issues with a partner, some may have relationship issues with family members, co-workers, friends, church members, bosses, neighbors, etc. The skills learned at Tampa Therapy & Wellness will help you with all relationships across the board. Different types of relationships that may seek out couples therapy include:

    • Premarital couples like having an assessment of their relationship and having a mediator to talk about sensate topics such as sex, finances, family (in-laws), prenuptial agreement, etc.
    • Couples (dating and after marriage) come to see us when they have either exhausted their ways of dealing with one another or are frustrated with where the relationship is. They might be having issues with communication, trust, and intimacy, and need help (re-)building the relationship they dream/want.
    • Blended families or divorced parents have an additional set of stresses they have to deal with. At times, there is a history of trauma and guilt. There are stresses related to their (sometimes even adult) children.

    Signs of relationship issues

    Here are some of the issues people encounter in their relationships:

    • Unable to communicate thoughts and feelings
    • Lack of trust
    • Issues with intimacy and sex
    • Lack of respect
    • Lack of support
    • Financial issues
    • Family conflicts
    • Issues with in-laws
    • Blended family issues
    • Parenting differences
    • Issues with children and adult children
    • Not building a healthy/positive future
    • Staying in the past
    • Infidelity 
    • Keeping secrets (affairs, financial matters, past, etc.)
    • Anger, violence, arguments

    How we treat patients with relationship issues

    At Tampa Therapy & Wellness, we use techniques from the Gottman Method and emotion-focused therapy that have been proven repeatedly in research to be the most effective at helping couples overcome their issues.

    Through our training in various methods, you can be sure we’ll have a tool to help you through whatever unique challenges are present in your relationship.

    Call (813) 530-5180 now for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation to learn more about couples counseling.

    Outcomes for couples counseling

    Couples therapy helps individuals explore and understand the relationship between their (and their children’s) behaviors and the situation they lived in.

    Exploring and analyzing one’s thoughts, beliefs, and feelings helps the other partner understand them and find ways to be on the same page as them.

    After completing treatment at Tampa Therapy & Wellness, patients can expect:

    • A healthier level of relationship
    • A new type of relationship
    • Higher levels of commitment
    • Regained trust
    • Improved intimacy
    • Better sex life

    Which Couples Psychotherapy style fits your needs?

    • Weekly semi-structured psychodynamic couple sessions (including one individual session with each partner).
    • Intensive 2-day retreat (usually weekends) equivalent to 13 sessions (3 months) of work.

    Your busy life at home and work can dictate your availability to engage in couples’ therapy.

    If you have a somewhat regular working schedule, then the weekly sessions will be a good fit.

    If you are in a dire emergency with your relationship or have no time for weekly sessions, having a jump start with the intensive 2-day retreat might be your answer.

    Either way, you will learn a lot of communication skills and other necessary techniques to make the best relationship you both want to be in.

    FAQ about Relationships

    My partner does not want to go to couple's therapy. Can I come by myself?

    Yes. However, if the issue is within the relationship and not with the individual, it is highly recommended that the couple attends sessions together. The first step for a better relationship is having both parties invested and wanting to better themselves and their relationship.

    How long will treatment for relationship issues last?

    There are many different types of issues that relationships can experience. The duration of treatment depends on the conflicts and how severe they are. Typically, couples engage in therapy for a few months and come back as needed. 

    How often should we attend sessions?

    When couples first start going to therapy, they will attend sessions weekly (sometimes twice-a-week), until all of their issues have been resolved. Down the line, when we move to build the “positive bank” in your relationship, the sessions might be attended every other week.

    Can a relationship recover from affairs/cheating?

    It depends. Each person has their own set of beliefs that come from their family, formation, and temperament. Some people are able to forgive and move on, while others may hold resentment for a long time. Either way, it is necessary to find out why the partner left the relationship (emotionally and temporarily), why they both want to continue, and if they are committed to put in the effort to make the relationship work.

    There’s something going on that my partner does not know. Do you keep secrets?

    Temporarily. At times, individuals keep secrets (affairs, alcoholism, financial issues, drug use, past, etc.) from their partners. When trying to maintain a healthy relationship, it has been found that keeping secrets are damaging. I might keep a secret for a couple of weeks, with the understanding that the secret will be out soon. I will help the partner keeping the secret come up with statements and learn how to navigate the difficult conversation. People tend to keep secrets when they are afraid of rejection or the reaction from their partners. Being in therapy provides a safe environment and tools to help bring out secrets to partners.