Couples therapy is talk-based therapy that is done with an individual and their partner(s). InnerStrength is able to treat traditional and non-traditional couples and is happy to provide therapy sessions either in-office or through HIPAA-secure software you can use in the privacy of your own home or office (note: coverage may not be available for telehealth [e-therapy] sessions; insurance verification encouraged before your first telemedicine session. Typically all clients are in the same location during the telemedicine sessions).
Below are some common reasons couples seek therapy with a therapist, but keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list. Do not hesitate to contact us if you'd like to ask a question about your pressing concern. Ariel Kimbrough, M.S. specializes in couples therapy and highly enjoys helping couples!
"All we do is argue." // "I Avoid saying anythign to my partner because I don't want to cause a fight." // "They just don't seem to understand me anymore." // "I never know what my partner is thinking anymore."
Communication differences can, sometimes cause discrepancies between couples, even if previously things have been just fine. Your therapist can work with you both on understanding more of your own communication style and how to work together to create more effective and healthy communication. Communication is key to a thriving, healthy relationship, so it is never a bad time for even a "tune up."
"How can I trust them to not do it again?" // "Am I not good enough for them? Is that why they cheated?" // "I don't know how to communicate what I need from my partner, and it seems this was easier." // "How could I have missed the signs?" // "I want to work it out, but how do we overcome this?"
Crossing relationship boundaries with acts that are hurtful and cause mistrust within your relationship can often feel like an impossible task to get through. But research shows those couples who work through a infidelity situation are often stronger than one who never experiences infidelity. Your therapist can possibly help with that healing and growth. Or to help you decide, as a couple, where to go from here.
Intimacy Concerns (Sexual & Non-sexual intimacy)
"I have no energy to do anything together anymore." // "It feels like we're more roommates than anything." // "I do't even know who my partner is, anymore. It's like we've grown a part." // "I avoid even cuddling, as I don't want them to think I want sex. Why don't I want sex anymore?" // "How do I know if I want to be in this relationship? Can we fix it?"
Disconnection in a relationship can feel so isolating and overwhelming! Your therapist can help you and your partner to better understand the concerns occurring and how to rebuild intimacy within your relationship again. It is common for intimacy to ebb and flow within a relationship, but a therapist can help steer you back to a place you to want to be (or help with difficult decisions).
Life Transitions/Blended Family
"I have such a hard time dealing with my partner's family!" // "I am wanting to make a major change in my career, but how do I talk about it with my partner?" // "I feel I don't know where I stand with my partner's children." // "I'm scared of becoming a parent. What would that mean for me/us/our life?"
Life is full of changes! How you adjust and adapt to them is typically how chaotic or smooth these transitions feel. When we are in a committed relationship, often our choices impact others, so using the safe space with your therapist is a great way to process through these changes and how to get through them together. Blended families can also cause discomfort and confusion as you begin to bring two family cultures together. A therapist could help to make that blending easier.