Are you feeling concerned about your relationship? Take a moment to think about the problems you and your partner are facing.
Have arguing and conflict become a constant part of life? Are you facing intimacy problems such as struggling to connect with one another on an emotional level? Maybe you each envision a different future, and you aren’t sure what that means for your relationship. Because of this, you are questioning your partner’s commitment to the relationship, and even your own commitment.
Unmarried couples (whether or not they are cohabiting) sometimes face a great deal of instability. Often, this is because relationships of this kind are easier to end than a marriage, at least from a legal standpoint. Because of this, when things go wrong, both partners can begin to question their commitment to one another and whether saving the relationship is worth the struggle.
Unmarried and Cohabiting Couples Face Unique Challenges
Unmarried couples face many of the same problems as married couples. Both relationships face intimacy issues and conflict. Unmarried couples still face affairs and personal crises that impact the relationship as a whole. However, unmarried couples face some problems that occur more often in their situation.
- Navigating level of commitment to the relationship and whether the relationship should continue.
- Conflict over how to integrate finances, schedules, and social lives.
- Varying expectations over how much to invest in the relationship and how to plan for the future together.
- Decisions about whether or not to get married, whether to live together or apart, and whether or not to have children while not married.
A Marriage and Family Therapist Can Help
Many couples find it difficult to work through their problems alone. If you and your partner find yourself facing relationship problems such as these, you could greatly benefit from seeing a marriage and family therapist who provides couples counseling. A therapist can help you work through your questions, doubts, and struggles so that you can regain a satisfying relationship.
Your relationship problems do not have to be huge or at a crisis level for a marriage and family therapist to be helpful. Couples counseling is appropriate for any couple who desires to strengthen their relationship.
At the Prescott Relationship Center, we have extensive experience providing relationship therapy to unmarried couples. We take the time to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is happening in your relationship so we can guide you in the right direction. Our desire is to help you resolve current problems and make decisions about the future of the relationship.
We Offer Evidence-Based Couples Counseling Practices
Our approach to couples therapy is grounded in evidence-based counseling practices. All of the couples therapy exercises we use to guide you through treatment have been supported by decades of research studies to improve the relationships of distressed couples. The particular form of treatment we use in our counseling practice is called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Emotionally Focused Therapy tends to yield fast results. Couples who are focused and motivated often experience significant improvements in their relationship after 8-10 sessions.
One of the goals of EFT is help couples emotionally bond with one another. We focus on helping you figure out what this looks like in your relationship. We help you and your partner identify patterns of conflict and ways in which you tend to emotionally respond during stress. As therapy progresses, we help you find new ways to accept each other and meet one another’s needs.
Emotionally Focused Therapy used in the context of relationship counseling is highly effective. Research shows that 90% of couples who receive EFT show significant improvements. Emotionally Focused Therapy leads to increased intimacy and higher levels of satisfaction within the overall relationship. We know that EFT works. And we believe it can help your relationship.
Timely Couples Counseling Leads to Lasting Results
Many couples avoid relationship therapy, hoping their problems will just go away. Some unmarried couples put off counseling because they are unsure of their commitment level. Counseling seems like a lot of work when they are unsure if the relationship will last. Other couples think that couples therapy is only for marriage problems and married couples. They aren’t sure if couples therapy is available to them.
We can help in both of these areas. Relationship counseling could be just what you need to determine what you want for the future of your relationship. In addition, we are just as comfortable working with unmarried couples as we are with married couples. Much of the marriage guidance we provide is just as applicable to unmarried couples. And we are also familiar with the unique struggles that come up for those who are cohabitating or not yet married.
We want to help your relationship right now and for years to come. Research tells us that distressed couples who complete EFT are less distressed once they finish, and maintain these results over time.
Contact Us Today
We are dedicated to helping couples transform and strengthen their relationships. If you think we would be a good fit for your needs, please do not hesitate to call us today at 928-420-8300. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our approach to relationship counseling and how we might help you and your spouse.
If you have any fears or concerns about marriage or couples counseling, we encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Making an appointment is easy–you can call the Prescott Relationship Center at 928-420-8300. After all, if not now, when?Make sure to ask about our discounts for active duty military, veteran and full-time teachers in need.