Being in a relationship is a wonderful thing, especially in the honeymoon phase – lots of affection, cute little notes, heart emoticons in texts, surprise gifts and flowers. There’s nothing better! So how is it that couples go from being bright-eyed lovebirds to wanting to call the relationship off and walk away?
According to Statistics Canada (2018), approximately 38% of all marriages end in divorce. Though it happens at different times, there has been a steady increase in the divorce rate for three-year marriages. The average duration of marriage in Canada is 14 years, with 42% of divorces occurring for marriages lasting between 10 and 24 years (Statistics Canada, 2018).
Though this sounds scary, the good news is that relationships can be repaired, wounds can be healed, and love can be restored! What helps in this process is understanding how couples end up in distress and what they need to do to get out. The first step in couple/marital counselling is identifying where the problem exists.
Are you and your partner:
- Struggling to communicate honestly or with respect?
- Finding there is a betrayal of trust?
- Living like roommates rather than lovers?
- Feeling isolated and alone?
- Thinking that you are only together because of your children?
- Dreaming of a wonderful life together but can’t seem to get there?
Whether aimed at addressing small issues or dealing with potentially relationship breaking challenges, therapy can help you each feel valued, heard, and connected again! In a non-judgmental and supportive environment, you and your partner’s individual wants and needs are combined with evidence-based techniques and therapies to help build confidence, openness and respect.
Couples counselling can be an empowering process for both you and your partner.
When both partners are provided with the right tools, relationship frustrations often ease or disappear, problems become manageable, a sense of security develops, and increased communication paves the way for a calmer, happier relationship and the healthiest way forward together.
If you would like to learn how counselling can create lasting, positive changes for you and your partner, please contact us today!
We’re happy to help!