A relationship does not need to be in crisis to warrant couples therapy. When a couple delays therapy until it becomes a “last resort”, they usually have little motivation for growth and change, which then impacts the success rate of therapy.
Couples therapy is even more effective with early intervention. Just like an annual physical, a regular relationship check-up can help reduce unnecessary damages and keep the connection alive.
Please note: Couples therapy is not appropriate if there is a lack of emotional or physical safety in the relationship. Factors that impact this: violence, addiction, abuse, personality disorders. Couples therapy should be delayed until these issues are addressed and safety is reestablished.
Communication issues and emotional distance
Sex and intimacy issues
Setting and maintaining boundaries with family
Life transitions: becoming parents, experiencing a loss together, decision-making for your future
Repairing a breach in trust
Navigating an open or polyamorous relationship