Though couples therapy is not for everyone in Bethesda MD, it has certainly been beneficial to many members of the community. Very few long term relationships do not include bumpy chapters but a loving relationship deserves an opportunity to survive the challenges. Our trained therapists at Lindsey Hoskins & Associates work with couples on issues that are causing tension or discord. In addition to the couples therapy we offer in Bethesda MD, we also provide individual therapy sessions. Some choose to attend both forms of therapy in conjunction with one another to work toward their individual as well as shared goals. We invite you to contact us at Lindsey Hoskins & Associates to learn more about our therapists and the therapy we offer.
Identifying Your Goals for Couples Therapy in Bethesda MD
A member of our therapist team in Bethesda MD will meet with you and your partner to identify your individual and shared goals for couples therapy. Whether or not you have a clear set of goals, it’s important for both of you to clarify what they are at the onset of therapy. If you believe that it is only your partner who has issues to address, then couples therapy may not be successful for you. Another caution is that those who wish to change their partner’s personality or character will likely find only frustration. For couples therapy to work best, it is important that when you arrive at our Bethesda MD location you are ready to work as a team toward your shared goals. If the two of you are not motivated to work together in a loving and non-judgmental manner then you may not be successful. Your therapist at Lindsey Hoskins & Associates will guide you through the process and provide you with the tools necessary. What you learn in therapy can be of benefit throughout your life.
It’s not uncommon for a couple’s first visit to our Bethesda MD clinic to not have clearly defined goals for couples therapy. You may find it helpful to review the following and decide if the goals below reflect your wishes for therapy sessions. In addition to any of the below, you may wish to add others.
- Establish a communication structure that enables both of you to feel safe while engaging in therapy and interactions in your daily lives.
- Identify what makes each of you feel safe within the scope of the relationship as well as when working on issues together.
- Learn how to actively listen to one another without engaging in hostility or confrontational language/actions.
- Converse in such a way as to allow each partner to feel understood, validated, and accepted.
- Understand each other’s emotional triggers and coping mechanisms. Learn ways to communicate and interact in light of this information.
- Recognize old habits than can be detrimental to the health of the relationship and how to change behaviors that might otherwise lead to strife and negativity.
To learn more about the couples therapy that we offer at our Bethesda MD office, call us today.