What Is Couples Counseling?

If you have ever been in a relationship then you know that maintaining that relationship, keeping it healthy, and making sure that both partners remain happy requires hard work. During moments of frustration, anger, or sadness, it may be more difficult than it seems to keep the relationship balanced. It can also be challenging, at times, to create the safest possible environment to communicate feelings and emotions without it seeming like an attack. In these moments a therapist can be helpful.

Marriage counseling is an option for any and all couples looking to strengthen their relationship, and Mel Brezovsky specializes in couples counseling as well as Imago Relationship Therapy for couples of all types. She is happy to discuss what therapy can do for your marriage.

What Is Couples Counseling?

Most people believe that they need the assistance of a relationship counselor only if their marriage is “on the rocks.” However, this is not the only time when a marriage therapist can be beneficial. Often times couples require help to improve their communication skills or create a new dynamic in their relationship.

In other situations, couples counselors can provide advice for those who are dealing with the aftereffects of one partner having an affair or for those relationships that need help separating amicably. Couples counseling is a type of therapy that can benefit a wide range of couples and should definitely not be considered simply a last resort in a failing relationship.

What Is Imago Relationship Therapy?

The primary goals of Imago Relationship Therapy is to get the love you want, keep the love you have found, and connect deeply with your partner. At Mel Brezovsky Counseling, our certified Imago Therapist focuses on reducing conflict and rediscover ways to bond through attachment-based therapy.

Through our relationship counseling, we will work through any obstacles in your marriage and help you express uncertainties and frustrations that you may be experiencing with your partner. Relationship counselors understand that people’s minds and mental states are strongly affected by their relationships, and our mental health professional will use the techniques taught in Imago Therapy to ensure your relationship improves your mental state.

Isn’t Marriage Counseling Only Suited for Couples in Crisis?

Although couples therapy can be utilized during times of crisis such as the discovery of cheating, what many don’t know or realize about marriage counseling is that it can be a healthy part of every relationship. Many people attend individual therapy to work on themselves and very rarely is there a stigma applied to that type of counseling. Marriage counseling and couples therapy should be no different. Your relationship does not need to be in dire straights before you and your partner seek out couples therapy.

Discussing your daily lives and any issues which may affect the relationship during marriage counseling can be an effective way to prevent those moments of crisis that plague other relationships and even tear them apart. Relationship counseling can be used as a preventative rather than a reactive step.

How Can Couples Counseling Help My Relationship?

Sometimes partners in a relationship may need the listening ear and advice of a neutral third party found in couples therapy to help during times of crisis or conflict. Rather than turning to retaliation methods such as the silent treatment or name calling (anger management may also be necessary in that case), the professional opinions of couples therapists can be exactly what is called for at these times. Our couples therapist can even help both sides work through something as devastating as an affair by assisting with the development of transparency and disclosure following the transgression.

In other circumstances couples therapy can be useful for simply working out ways to communicate more effectively, growing closer in the marriage, working to better your sex life, reduce tension, and have a safe space to truly open up and feel vulnerable. Relationship counselors understand how a marriage can become complex and will work with you and your partner on any and all issues that may come up during a marriage counseling session.

Contact Our Experienced Couples Counselor

As anyone in a relationship can tell you maintaining it can be quite difficult. Even the best of partners sometimes have disagreements and will become flustered with one another. The key to the relationship lasting and staying strong is communication. That is where therapy can play a vital role. You and your spouse do not have to be on the verge of a breakup or divorce to seek the help of couples counseling. Recognizing that a therapist could help you two communicate, express your feelings, and bring you both into a safe space for conversation is essential for therapy to be effective and helpful.

If you and your spouse are looking for a marriage counselor in Virginia who understands how the challenges of life, your career, and everything else you encounter on a daily basis can seriously impact your relationship then the experience of our licensed therapist can be the listening ear you need.

Mel Brezovsky has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University and a Master of Science in Management from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whether you are a couple in crisis or you simply want a neutral third party to help you and your partner communicate more effectively, Mel has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the therapy process and help you achieve your relationship goals. She is also a certified Imago Therapist, so she will be able to utilize the techniques of Imago Therapy during your counseling sessions.

Contact our Ashburn, Virginia, office to discuss your specific therapeutic needs and to schedule an appointment to meet with our professional licensed counselor Mel Brezovsky. She will use a collaborative approach to assist her clients while they identify thoughts and patterns of behavior which may be hurting their relationships. She will help set reasonable goals and develop solutions for the relationship’s problems. Call today to learn more about couples therapy, its benefits, and how your relationship can reap its advantages.