Couples seek the assistance of Dr. Spaine and Dr. Kling for many reasons. For some, it is a major relationship struggle such as an affair; for others, it's the nagging feeling that they've lost touch with one another; and for some, struggles with external factors such as careers, parenting, in-laws, alcohol (or other substances) or finances are weighing down their relationship. The psychologists Fayetteville Psychotherapy Associates have helped hundreds of couples overcome the unique struggles that were keeping them from enjoying a truly fulfilling love relationship.
Common issues addressed in couples therapy include:
- Extramarital affairs
- Loss of intimacy
- Sexual boredom
- In-law problems
- Parenting conflicts
- Work/ life issues
- Transitions (such as the birth of a child, career changes, illness)
If you feel that your relationship may be in need of assistance from a skilled couples therapist, here are some things you should know:
You're not alone. Most couples struggle with relationship issues at various times over the course of their relationship. Our therapists have assisted newlyweds, co-habitating couples, gay and lesbian couples, couples married for many decades, and even dating couples who confronted problems they could not resolve on their own. So whether you are seeking marriage counseling or help with a relationship that is just beginning, Fayetteville Psychotherapy Associates can help.
Your relationship is our patient. Our therapists treat your relationship as their patient, rather than "taking sides" with one partner or the other. Their goal is to help both partners create the most fulfilling relationship possible by providing skilled and unbiased guidance to each partner.
If your partner is not willing to partipate: It is fairly common for one partner to be hesitant about undertaking couples therapy while the other partner feels more strongly that therapy would be useful to the couple. It is also common for a partner to be fearful of facing the struggles within his or her relationship--especially in front of a therapist. When this is the case, our therapists advise the willing partner to enter into individual therapy.
Partipating in individual therapy will allow the willing partner to work on his or her individual growth, which is often a catalyst for change within the relationship. It is not uncommon for the unwilling partner to see the positive changes that are accurring in their partner through therapy and to decide to participate in couples or individual therapy themselves.