Couples Therapy and Happy Marriages

By: Alice Kounis

Good communication is the key to happy relationships among other things. It is unfortunate that the divorce rate in the United States and worldwide too is on the rise.Couples therapy is aimed at resolving the problem between husband and wife so that they can lead a happy life devoid of serious conflicts and heated arguments. The therapist or the psychologist help the couple identify problem and suggest behavior and other amendments so that both partners are contented. Couples therapy is blend of education, mediation and psychotherapy.

The quality of communication between couples is the most crucial factor that distinguishes happy marriages from unhappy ones.The ability to communicate well also is the best indicator of relationship satisfaction and stability over time. In other words, the number of problems, individual personality traits or differences of opinion has nothing to do with happy or unhappy marriages. Instead, it is how couples talk about their problems and differences. Communication is the key, and it is believed that communication skills can easily be learned.

Each couple has their own problems; and during couples therapy, they identify the cause
of the problems with the help of a psychologist. For example, if a couple argues a lot, during the sessions they are made to think the reasons of those arguments and then finding a resolve. The resolution could be changing the way they interact with each other or react to different situations or behavioral changes.

In couples therapy, couples learn how to identify destructive forms of communication and how to develop effective communication and problem-solving techniques. Couples learn how to use their creativity and resources to preserve the strength of their relationship while meeting the challenges that life brings. The couples are taught that listening to the other person is also equally important as speaking ones mind. They learn that they need to attain a common goal of happy marriage by sharing their problems and supporting each other.

To know more about Family Therapy,Couples Therapy, Family Therapy and Children and Why Family Therapy Works, please visit www.ackerman.org

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