1. You’re fighting a lot
As we said, conflict is an inevitable part of every partnership. But if you’re fighting more often than not, it could be a sign you need to seek therapy. Attending couples counseling can equip you with the tools and resources you need to learn how to better listen and respond to one another in a respectful and productive way.
2. Lack of intimacy or incompatible sex drives
Intimacy and sex are some of the most important parts of a healthy romantic relationship. When there is a lack of intimacy or one partner has a higher sex drive than the other, the bedroom can start to feel like a battleground. It can also open up a whole new world of troubles including emotional distance, resentment, insecurity, or even physical or emotional infidelity.
Going to couples therapy can help you and your partner understand why it feels like you’re drawing away from one another and how to reconnect on a more intimate level.
3. Financial challenges
Money is an uncomfortable and sometimes difficult thing to discuss in a relationship. And believe it or not, finances are often one of the biggest challenges couples face. Irresponsible or secret spending habits can create some serious problems in a relationship.
It can also be uncomfortable to discuss debts with your partner, especially if your partner is debt-free or earns a higher income than you. Working with a therapist can help couples learn how to comfortably discuss finances and resolve any issues surrounding financial matters.
4. Infidelity and unfaithfulness
Infidelity is another common reason couples seek counseling. Betrayal can cut deep. For some people, it can take years to overcome the hurt that unfaithfulness causes. And once trust has been broken, it can be extremely challenging to rebuild it.
Going to couples counseling can help you and your partner learn how to communicate your feelings, understand why infidelity may have happened in the first place, and create a plan for healing and rebuilding trust and emotional closeness.
It can also just be beneficial to have a trusted and unbiased third-party outsider to listen to the situation.
5. Someone wants a divorce
And finally, many couples resort to counseling as a last-ditch effort to prevent divorce. However, in order for therapy to really be beneficial in a marriage, it needs to be attended before it’s too late. Both you and your partner need to be fully committed to putting in the emotional and physical work in order to save your marriage.
Learn more about couples counseling in Chicago
If you think you and your partner could benefit from couples counseling in Chicago, reach out to us at Wellington Counseling Group. We are here to help you foster a strong and healthy romantic relationship with your significant other.
Contact us today to learn more about our couples counseling.