Therapy in Toronto
Marriage & Relationship

What method of therapy is best when seeking relationship help?

When it comes to addressing marriage problems, or relationship issues in general, individuals may choose to work with a therapist to specifically explore their own personal experiences within the relational dynamic. A skilled therapist will help individuals:

  • practice reflecting on relational experiences, as well as practice expressing their experiences to a trusted other
  • be able to identify thoughts, feelings and beliefs that underpin relational experience
  • connect their relational histories to recurring relational patterns that continue to show up in their lives today
  • develop strategies and resources to support improved communication, expand problem
  • solving skills, and maintain self-care within healthy, connected relationships.
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Couples may also seek marriage therapy (or relationship therapy) together. A relationship therapist (often called a couples therapist) will provide a supportive, facilitating environment, within which partners can:

  • explore the specifics of their interpersonal dynamic
  • work through any frustrations or conflict between them
  • learn how to work together to better navigate the life challenges they face, and ultimately,
  • strengthen feelings of connection and security within their relationship
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Is this type of therapy only for married couples?

No, therapy aimed at improving relationships is not exclusively for married couples. You may feel deeply committed to all kinds of significant others – new and long-term life partners, friends, family members (perhaps especially, your parents or early-life caregivers) and more – and therapists with the Psychotherapy Referral Service in Toronto can help you improve and enhance any of these relationships.

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What can couples therapy help with?

PRS Toronto therapists are skilled in guiding relational partners toward resolution and improved understanding of a number of relational challenges, such as:

  • Poor communication and misunderstandings
  • Difficulty working through repetitive conflict and frustrations
  • Emotional distance and difficulty creating or sustaining intimate connections
  • Difficulties with trust and vulnerability (fears of being hurt due to rejection, abandonment, infidelity, etc.)
  • Codependency and general fears of “losing oneself” in relationship
  • Sexual difficulties
  • How to work together to cope with stressors outside of the relationship

How long do most couples do therapy?

The duration of relationship-focused therapy varies depending on the specific needs of the couple and the nature of their issues. On average, many couples find that they benefit from several months of therapy. However, it’s important to note that there is no fixed timeline, and the duration is determined by the progress made and benefits felt by the partners in therapy.

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Is couples therapy good for a healthy relationship?

Absolutely, couples therapy is not just for addressing problems but can also be valuable for maintaining and enhancing a healthy relationship. It provides couples with tools and strategies to foster better communication, understanding, and emotional connection. Even in the absence of significant issues, couples often turn to relationship therapy to proactively ensure the longevity and happiness of their partnerships.

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