What is Couples Counseling?
The divorce rate in the United States is close to 50%. I know that there are many couples who are afraid to go down this road. My mission is to help these couples to not go there.
In couples counseling I teach you and your spouse/partner how to get what you really want in your relationship. You and your spouse will learn to talk to each other about what it is that will make you both feel happy and cared for. In couples counseling you will learn to help each other to feel important, appreciated and special.
The number of sessions that it takes for couples to complete counseling varies. Some couples need a few sessions and others may require more. We can discuss your situation after we meet. The time of a session can vary from an hour, an hour and a half and can even go for two hours. Some couples sign up for the intensive couples counseling. These sessions can last up to three hours.
The goal in couples counseling is for relationships to become stronger. The approach that I take to help relationships grow is to not blame anybody. In couples counseling or marriage counselingwe talk about how relationships can improve by better communication and learning to spend quality time together so that we can definitely see marriages and relationships grow and become fulfilling. Marriage counseling and couples counseling, in my experience, leads to healthy relationships.
The best form of relationship counseling is when both partners really work at learning to connect with each other. This can be learned in an office with a reationship therapist, couples counselor, marriage therapist or marriage counselor. Help can be obtained from various resources. The following is a list of resources that can help couples improve their relationship, learn to communicate better, become closer as a couple, make their marriage stronger and more secure, and become a happier couple:
- ICEEFT International Center of Excellence for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
- www.emotionallyfocusedtherapy.us San Diego Center of Emotionally Focused Therapy
- www.amft.org American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- www.minnesotafamilies.org Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
- mneftcommunity.org local web site for therapists and prospective couples interested in counseling
- Hold Me Tight, written by Susan Johnson, PhD. who created emotionally focused couple therapy. A great book for couples which describes the negative patterns and dialogues couples get into. It explains how to change these patterns so couples can learn to connect.
- CorePurposeTherapy.com local resource for individuals to gain insight and sense of wholeness.
Bernie Slutsky, M.A. LICSW
Certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Supervisor in training
To schedule a confidential appointment contact me and we can talk about your situation, and how to help you in the best way possible.
St. Louis Park, Twin cities, MN, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Chaska, Bloomington, Edina, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Excelsior, MN