There are many reasons why couples may seek out therapy, including; communication issues, differences in libido, and clashes with in-laws, to name a few. A healthy relationship is one in which both parties encourage growth by compromising, trust, and open communication.
Communication is key to a healthy relationship. One may not share openly in fear that he/she may hurt the other person. Although, it is essential that both create a safe place for honesty. Without trust, relationships will not be given the opportunity to grow. Do the risks outweigh the benefits of being opened with your significant other? Yes! How else would they know what you need and want? Not having your needs met could cause resentments that could tear apart the relationship, instead of building it.
Clashes with In-Laws
Clashes with in-laws is another reason why couples come to therapy. How could this be remedied? Setting healthy boundaries with your parents, gives everyone and yourself guidelines of your needs for privacy and tolerance of certain behaviors. It may be awkward at first, but in the long-run everyone involved will eventually feel valued and respected, which will encourage healthier connections.
Differences in Libido
It is not unusual for one partner to have a different libido than the other. To help couples with this topic, it’s important to have open communication about:
- Why you may be saying no
- Arrange another time
- Find other ways to connect
Is Therapy Right for Us?
Therapy could teach couples how to speak assertively, learn how to actively listen and fight fair and productively, increase trust, and improve quality time together. So, does the risk outweigh the benefits? Sounds like a good chance it does!