Couples in strong relationships are able to share and listen, provide support for their partner, and accept the help their partner offers. The couple’s relationship is a dance, and the therapist is there to help the couple regain their sense of rhythm, enjoyment in life, and perhaps teach a new step or two.
Effective couples counselling or marriage therapy requires a clinician who is skilled at both individual work, and the complexities of couples communication. A good couples therapist is able to help each person recognize their own needs, the needs of their partner, and the needs of the relationship. They help the couple to create a bridge between self and partner. A truly gifted couples clinician will enable each person to break through emotional and psychological barriers to reach new levels of understanding, compassion, and support for each other.