Couples counseling is not just for married couples, it is for all couples and frankly all types of romantic relationships. Couples therapy is designed to help partners overcome many relationship obstacles, including communication issues, infidelity, breach of trust, power struggles, or intimacy problems. Portland is no exception when it comes to challenges that may come from relationships. The three main reasons couples seek counseling in Portland are true throughout the United States.
HOW SOON IS TOO SOON?
In an earlier post, we give reasons why it is never too soon to seek couples counseling. The primary reason we cite that post is to build a healthy foundation before your relationship needs saving. There used to be the notion that couples’ therapy was an after-the-fact solution, like repairing or saving a relationship after an affair. Couples’ therapy is much more than that, it involves learning communication skills, coping styles, personal goals, problem-solving, and values. Couples can experience many challenges at any stage in a relationship.
YOU DO BETTER IN THE GYM WITH A TRAINER
These are the words actress Kristen Belle used when she explained her reason for seeking couples counseling before she got married. She told Good Housekeeping, that it helped her “[to have] a much bigger toolbox” for when she had disagreements with her partner. Couples’ therapy no longer has a stigma. What has become perfectly acceptable for married couples and long-term partners is now encouraged by twenty and thirty-somethings.
TRANSITIONING INTO ADULTHOOD IS ALREADY TOUGH
Becoming an adult comes with all the perks of being independent; having your own job, making your own schedule, calling your own shots. It also comes with more responsibilities and, for some, more pressure. When you add a relationship to the mix, seeking help makes sense. If you are in your twenties and early thirties, you are already navigating through new challenges. With couples counseling, you can learn how to navigate through these challenges together.
PORTLAND IS #1 for DIVORCED MILLENNIAL
Statistically, when you isolate for millennials, Portland, Oregon ranks number 1 in both divorces per population and divorces per married. Unfortunately, this makes Portland, Oregon the divorce capital for millennials. The good news is Portland Millennials are adopting couples’ therapy at a faster rate than older, longer-term couples. In fact, a university study about couples’ therapy reports 51% of millennial couples are likely to seek out some kind of relationship counseling, more than older couples that have been together longer.
WHAT HAPPENS in COUPLES COUNSELING?
With couples’ counseling, we will explore each of your individual needs, the nature of the relationship, identify barriers, and create solutions to heal your relationship. We’ll work on values, communication styles, healthy conflict, friendship, romance, problem-solving, boundaries, loving as an action, and goals that serve everyone.
DO I NEED INSURANCE TO SEE A THERAPIST?
No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.
If you live in Portland or the Portland area and need Couples’ Counseling,
E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.