Marriage and Relationship Therapy

Does it feel like you have the same fights or conversation over and over again? Does it feel like you spouse or partner never listens.  Are you two going through some major life-transitions or changes, like having a baby, loss of job, divorce, teenage trouble, a child going through the terrible two’s?  Or are dealing with major issues like substance abuse, anger, or even violence in the relationship?

Relationships, whether between married couples, non-married couples, or partners all have their challenges … and sometimes it feel like there is nowhere to turn!.  Are you feeling you’ve hit the end-of-your-rope and it’s time to make some major changes?  Since you’ve taken an important first step by being at this website, we want you to know that relationship therapy, also known as marriage counseling, or couples counseling has helped even the most troubled relationships … so there is hope!

Marriage therapy and relationships counseling focuses on improving communication, bringing back trust into your relationship, and can help you improve your conflict resolution skills.

Let’s first identify some of the major issues and concerns that couples or partners have in their relationships:

    • Money issues
    • Anger or resentment
    • Loss of job
    • Disagreements on raising children
    • Disrespectful teenagers
    • Sexual issues
    • Physical abuse
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    • Violence in the home
    • An affair
    • Other trust issues
    • Feeling alone and unhappy
    • Anxiety or Depression
    • Other Major mental issues

Are you experiencing any of these problems or issues in your relationship?
Even though this is a long list of possible relationship troubles, it by no means covers all of the possible challenges couples have to deal with–but be confident in knowing there are answers and methods to get your relationship back and on track.

How do you know if you should seek marriage counseling or couples therapy?

The fact that you are at this website is probably a good indication that your relationship is at a crucial stage.  In most cases it takes quite a few issues and repeating problems before someone starts to look for or even consider outside help.  If your relationship is causing you or your partner stress and pain on a daily basis then it may be a sign that you could benefit from relationship therapy or counseling.

It all begins with you

As the saying goes … “it takes two to tango!”, and of course no two couples are the same and all relationships are different and involve two people.  However, it is critical to realize that the only person you can truly change is yourself … and that is the first step to healing your relationship, marriage or partnership.

What if my spouse or partner won’t cooperate or attend counseling?

What can be done if your spouse or partner is not willing to cooperate, attend counseling or get involved … should you still seek therapy or counseling without your partner?  The answer is a most resounding yes!  Your marriage, relationship or partnership can be helped immensely if you initiate change in your own life!

Relationship therapy and counseling does not focus on making sure “the other” person changes. When you stop trying to change your spouse or partner, stop pointing fingers and withholding affection, and focus your energy on self-improvement, the entire relationship will improve and you will often see positive changes in your partner.

As we mentioned above, you cannot change someone else, only yourself … and this strongly pertains to couples.  Your partner or spouse may not be willing to go to couples seminars, do research on the internet, or read books, but if you take the first step, your behavior and actions may pave the way for both of you!

At MidWest Center for Personal & Family Development we have over 31 therapists across all of our 5 Minnesota and Twin Cities locations that offer couple and relationship counseling.  Issues that we specialize in include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce counseling
  • Mediation
  • Parenting skills
  • Custody issues
  • Pre-marital counseling

We also have developed a strong relationship with Entira Family Clinics, as well as other Medical providers across the Twin Cities.