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Couples, whether married or not, face a multitude of challenges. Many stem from communication, or lack thereof, or of the big 3: money, time, sex. A professional counselor can help break down barriers to get to the root of the problem. Here is a list of common reasons couples work with our Oak Cliff counselors.
Common reasons couples go to counseling:
1. Communication Styles
How to express frustration effectively, when you just can’t even… or how to break out of a cycle of poor communication when your every interaction with your partner spirals into a disagreement.
2. Sexual Intimacy Issues
What to do when the frequency (or rather, infrequency) of sex becomes a touchy subject; how to combat performance anxiety, low sexual arousal, or barriers to communicating your sexual desires to your partner.
3. Financial Disagreements
Does your partner spend impulsively or pinch pennies? how to reconnect when you’re drowning in debt, you’ve just lost your job, or one partner contributes unevenly to household finances.
4. Conflicting Worldviews & Backgrounds
How to find an argument-free space when your political or religious views diverge, or when you’re dating someone from a different socioeconomic, ethnic, or cultural background.
5. Interracial Couples
Understanding how your partner’s cultural background influences expectations of relationship roles and parenting styles; how to handle disapproving parents, friends, or the judgment of strangers; how to discuss race or discrimination with your kids.
What to do when you and your partner have varying levels of openness regarding your sexualities; how to navigate interactions with family members who reject your relationship; how to discuss starting a family when your views conflict about whether/how LGBTQ couples should raise children.
7. Contradictory Parenting Styles
Reaching common ground when one parent views the other as “too strict” vs. “too permissive” or as overly involved in the kids’ lives vs. absent; carving out time for your romantic life while still devoting the very best of yourself to your kids.
8. In-laws & Extended Family
How to broach that yearly volatile conversation about where to spend the holidays; striking a balance between spending quality time with your parents vs. neglecting your partner; resolving tension when your partner and your parents don’t see eye to eye.
9. Division of Time & Labor
Deciding how to spend your free time when watching sports literally seems like torture; learning how to reconcile career ambitions with family life; ensuring that each partner contributes fairly to household responsibilities and raising the kiddos.
We work with married couples, LGBTQ couples, unmarried couples, business partners, and family members. If you’re ready to improve your relationship, give Lifeologie Oak Cliff a call.