Relationships can be difficult to navigate. No matter how much you love your partner, there will be conflict! You are two different people with differing needs, values, habits and desires. Repetitive arguments or disagreements can lead to power struggles, which can create anger and resentment. Over time, isolation and emptiness begins to creep in and negative emotions begin to override positive sentiments and emotions in the relationship. The is referred to as Negative Sentiment Override, and its an important indicator of your relationship's health.
Even if you score well on the Negative Sentiment Override Quiz, every relationship has triggers that evoke unhealthy communication habits. Couples counseling can offer a safe haven for couples to express their needs and fears and effectively resolve anger and conflict. Couples sessions begin with an assessment of your relationship, including each individuals relationship history. We explore areas of satisfaction as well as identify each individual's areas of concern. Typical session activities may include such skills as emotional regulation, setting and respecting boundaries, perspective taking, increasing empathy, effective communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, negotiating and trust-building.
Our therapists attempt to help you foster open, healthy and productive communication, and teach the needed skills for couples to develop their own resolutions. Arguments and disagreements occur in even the happiest relationships. Learning how to navigate these disagreements in healthy ways can only serve to strengthen your relationship, putting you on course for a happy healthy loving relationship!