Relationships are hard work. Without the right tools, communication may turn negative or simply grind to a halt. This leads to increasing distance and anger, and so the pattern repeats. Once off track, it can be difficult for a couple to find their way back to the place of loving kindness they once shared.
At The Counseling Center of Maryland®, we understand that each couple is unique. We help to address issues such as communication breakdown, trust and intimacy, infidelity, differences in parenting styles, financial disagreements, differences in priorities and values, issues with extended family members, conflicts related to career or lifestyle choices, and trauma or past relationship difficulties affecting the current relationship. We seek to create a safe and non-judgmental space for couples to express their thoughts and feelings where we focus on the couple’s needs and concerns rather than taking sides and encourage open and honest communication between the couple. We make it a priority to use neutral language and avoid making assumptions or labels about the couple’s relationship and provide equal opportunities for both partners to speak and be heard. We hope to guide the couples we meet with to find solutions that work for them, rather than giving general advice.
Therapy can aid in helping a couple find their way back to the place of loving kindness they once shared in a few ways. First, by engaging in therapy, couples can work with a trained therapist to identify and address underlying issues or conflict that may be causing tension in their relationship.This can help them understand each other better and work through their differences in a healthy and constructive way. Additionally, couples can learn and practice effective communication skills that can help them express their feelings, needs, and concerns in a way that is respectful and considerate of their partner. This can help them communicate more effectively and create a stronger, more loving bond. This helps to develop empathy and understanding for each other and help them see things from their partner’s perspective and create a deeper sense of connection and compassion. Creating this deeper sense of connection helps to build trust and intimacy. Trust and intimacy are essential components of a healthy and loving relationship.
To ensure our clients receive the help they need to resolve conflict, increase intimacy, and discover new hope within their relationships, we draw on various schools of counseling, including the Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy and Discernment Counseling. Research shows that to make a relationship last, couples must become better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future.. Strong communication, trust, and commitment are key factors in making relationships last. Additionally, showing appreciation and gratitude towards one another, resolving conflicts effectively, and maintaining a healthy level of intimacy and physical affection can also help to strengthen and maintain a lasting relationship. Through couples therapy, couples can learn effective communication skills, identify and change negative patterns of behavior, and learn to better understand and support each other. This can help strengthen the relationship and improve overall relationship satisfaction. We are here to put you on the road to a loving, long-term relationship.