What Does Therapy for Couples Entail?
The idea of airing one’s dirty laundry to a stranger is what deters most couples from seeking professional help to save their relationship. Most couples assume that therapy involves a lot of sharing and possible judgment if you say something wrong.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. So, what is couples therapy? It’s a type of psychotherapy where couples work with a licensed therapist to identify and find solutions to their conflict – no judgment or coercion. The therapist helps couples make thoughtful decisions that aim at rebuilding the broken pieces of their relationship. After therapy, couples decide whether the relationship is worth saving or not.
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How Does OpenTalk Therapy Work?
You’ve evaluated your relationship, and you’re convinced that it’s time to see a couples therapist. What’s next? At OpenTalk, our goal is to make the process as hassle-free as possible for couples. The best part about our service is that everything happens online. Therefore, couples never have to worry about commutes or long queues in the waiting lounge.
The first step is a consultation. We will need some background information about what you’re going through and what you hope to gain from the therapy sessions. This way, we’re better equipped to link you to a therapist that matches your needs. All our relationship counselors are licensed and have vast experience in their areas of expertise.
Some of the areas we can help couples with include:
- Anger management
- Financial conflicts
- Communication problems
- Drug and substance abuse
- Difficulty bearing children
We will find couples a therapist specializing in the area they’re struggling with for the best results. Once we do, you’ll be notified. At this point, you can begin your online couples therapy sessions. The benefit of our online counseling for couples is flexibility. Couples get to decide when to take the therapy sessions.
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Upfront and Transparent Cost Estimation
The last thing you need is unforeseen costs when you’re midway through your couples counseling sessions. You never have to worry about this at OpenTalk. We give you cost estimation upfront and never add to it. There are no hidden costs, either.
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If you believe your relationship is in trouble, OpenTalk can help. We don’t offer a one-size-fits-all kind of therapy service. We understand that every couple is different. For this reason, we will tailor your therapy sessions to what you’re going through. Whether it’s fear of separation, financial difficulties, or a sudden breakup, we have specialists who can help.
To match couples with the best therapists, we often require them to fill out questionnaires about their relationship. This step gives us more insight into what is going on, thereby enabling us to match you with the best help. When you’re matched with the therapist, they may also do another assessment. This part of your therapy gives the specialist an idea of what you hope to gain from the sessions. Not to mention, it allows everyone involved to be on the same page.
Your initial consultation and the sessions that follow will take place in high-resolution videoconferencing in our program inside the office, compatible with HIPAA. The goal of the therapy sessions is to help couples learn better communication and conflict resolution. Expect you and your partner to be given opportunities to express your opinions about the situation.
The therapist will also teach you effective communication strategies and develop solutions to your problem. However, although marriage counseling often involves both parties, some couples choose to do it separately.
You have this option too. It’s an excellent set up when you want to share things in therapy but don’t feel comfortable saying them in front of your spouse. It’s also a great setup if you have conflicting schedules and can’t make it for therapy simultaneously.
All in all, marriage couple therapy is often short-term, with the treatment strategy depending on individual circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Should I Choose a Therapist for Couples?
To get the most out of marriage counseling, you need to ensure you have the right person for the job. We encourage our clients to ask the counselor some questions before they begin therapy. Find out how much experience the specialist has in the area you’re struggling with. Ask about their credentials and how they plan to approach your situation. It also helps to ask the therapist to restate your problem to see if you’re on the same page. This initial assessment will tell you whether or not you mesh well together.
What Is the Success Rate of Marriage Counseling?
Currently, the success rate of marriage counseling is 70 to 80%. Research shows that about 30% of married couples decide to get divorced about four years after therapy. Couples in an abusive relationship and those experiencing a substance abuse problem tend to be on the 20 to 30% failure rate. You see, marriage counseling won’t do much if the person with abusive or drug abuse tendencies isn’t ready to take steps to stop.
What Is the Best Marriage Counseling?
The best marriage counseling is one where the specialist tailors their approach to your specific situation. A good counselor also remains neutral throughout the therapy sessions and never attempts to steer your relationship in any direction. Ultimately, the decision to end or keep fighting for your relationship should be yours.
Can a Couple Have the Same Therapist?
Yes. Couples can have the same therapist. In most cases, it’s recommended because the couple has to work together to fix the problems they are experiencing in their relationship. Besides, the couple is better positioned to learn and practice healthy communication and conflict resolution strategies. However, in some cases like physical abuse, it’s best to have therapy separately because the victim may not be comfortable to discuss some issues in the presence of their spouse.
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Often your therapist will recommend separate sessions if they see it fit. However, if that’s what you prefer, you can request it. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get couple counseling. Schedule an appointment on OpenTalk and start the journey to mending your relationship.
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