The aim of couples or relationship therapy is to find a way to open meaningful communication between the people involved.
So often, aspects of the relationship become stuck in an unhelpful pattern, causing it to become difficult to see a way forward. Positions become entrenched and the options for what happens next can become distilled into ‘we just keep fighting’ or ‘this is it, we need to end’.
Couples work can help to identify what communication dynamics are happening and draw out the things that need to be said, in a safe setting. It can help each to really ‘hear’ each other and to work out what is needed for the relationship to repair.
Relationship therapy is a dynamic process where both partners will be encouraged to input. It can also be an emotional process where feelings are newly discovered, or even re-discovered, and shared together.
Once these feelings are aired, it is then possible to move forward and make some decisions about what each wants out of the relationship, whether that is to stay together or to try and separate as amicably as possible.