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How Do I Know If My Partner And I Need Couples’ Counseling or Couples’ Sex Therapy?
Couples’ counseling and couples’ sex therapy can be helpful for couples wishing to get support through a difficult time. Couples often experience sticking points or relational distress and can benefit from professional help coming back together or attempting to part gracefully. It can be beneficial for couples who want to learn more about each other, communicate better, and build a secure functioning partnership.
Couples counseling can be helpful for couples wanting to improve connection, understand the relationship better, and/or explore changes they’d like to see going forward. It is often difficult to navigate unfamiliar or stressful situations in a relationship and a couples therapist can assist couples working through distress with fair and collaborative guidance.
Couples sex therapy is a wonderful start for couples looking to improve their sexual relationship or become sexually active. In it, they can address sexual issues or sexual problems, mismatched sexual desires, low sex drive, or improve their sex education or sexual health together.
Starting the process of couples’ counseling or marriage counseling sooner rather than later, when there has been significant conflict, betrayal, or abuse, can help stave off additional hurt and help you move faster toward repairing your relationship.
Can Couples Counseling Fix Relationship Problems Like Codependency, Fighting, Or Communication Issues?
Therapy is not designed to fix problems, per se. Instead, the process is about creating a revised blueprint for the relationship with the help of an objective third party. In other words, in couples’ counseling, your background, attachment style, history of trauma (if applicable), communication style, and other individual factors may be addressed in service of mending the relationship. Along with effective tools for communication, this can set couples up for smoother sailing.
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My Partner And I Have Problems In Bed. What Is Couples Sex Therapy Like?
Couples’ counseling can be a great resource for couples struggling with sex and intimacy. A Certified Sex Therapist (CST), who is a member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), can treat sex and intimacy issues such as mismatched libidos, or a sexless marriage. A CST, whether they are a Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Clinical Social Worker, can also help with performance anxiety, improving sexual communication and boundaries, working through sexual trauma, expanding sexual landscapes, sensate focus and increased sexual connection.
Couples’ sex therapy begins with understanding your current relational and sexual goals, discussion of relationship history, and establishment of goals. For instance, a Certified Sex Therapist can help you dive deeper into areas of the relationship preventing you from having the thriving sex life you desire.
I Am a Member of the LGBTQIA Community. Can Modern Intimacy Help me?
Yes. All of the therapists at Modern Intimacy are LGBTQIA affirming, members of the community or strong allies. As such, our practice is dedicated to inclusivity, whether we are working with individuals and couples, or in family therapy. We support everyone’s human right to be who they are, and to love who they love. We maintain that gender and sexuality exist on a continuum, and we are here for everyone.
How Long Should We Try Couples Therapy Before Giving Up? Our Relationship Feels Like Such A Struggle.
It’s important to remember that one or even a few couple’s counseling sessions will likely not resolve every issue. Relationships are complex and you and your partner are dynamic people, who have intricate needs, thoughts, histories, and emotions. Sometimes they are complementary and sometimes they can be misaligned.
Most couples begin to see improvement in their relationship after six to eight sessions. Some couples like to book two or three hour sessions, or multiple sessions per week, to help accelerate progress.
How Much Does Couples Counseling Cost?
Couples counseling is an investment into one of the most important aspects of your life, your primary relationship. Rates for couples’ counseling range depending on experience and credentials of the therapist. It also depends on how quickly you want resolve. For your convenience, weekly sessions and more time-intensive options are available.
Modern Intimacy does not work with insurance companies, on an in-network basis. However, a super bill can be provided to you. You provide it to your insurance company. If there are any out-of-network benefits in your plan, you may receive reimbursement directly.
Modern Intimacy cannot guarantee reimbursement, and will not interact directly with your insurance company. It is your responsibility to coordinate claims for reimbursement with your insurance provider.
We Can’t Make It To An In-Person Appointment. Can We Do Online Couples Counseling Or Online Couples Sex Therapy?
Yes, you can work remotely with your couples’ therapist. Currently, due to the ongoing pandemic, all sessions are conducted via teletherapy, on a secure and HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform.
Teletherapy sessions for couples can be extremely helpful for couples looking to maximize their time with competing, busy schedules. Your therapist can help you curate a space at home that is conducive to productive sessions. It should be free of distractions, so as to mimic an in-person environment.
Let’s Give It A Try: How Do We Book A Session?
The best way to get started with couples’ counseling or couples’ sex therapy is to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation. In the consultation, we will discuss your goals and questions, and recommend a therapist. We recommend you both be available for the consultation. If that is not feasible, our Intake Specialist will speak with you individually, and communication will be sent to you both.