Marital and Couples Counseling


Communication in relationships can break down over time. With a communication breakdown, respect can be lost, trust can be broken, and intimacy can fail. It is at this point that most people feel hopeless and do not know where to turn or what to do next. This can be an opportunity to reconnect and reinvent your relationship as opposed to a sign of failure and impending break-up. Couples counseling and therapy gives people the tools that they need to work through their conflicts and find better solutions on how to work as a team again. During couples counseling allows the couple to work through these tough problems together can help strengthen the bond and overall relationship.

Marital and couples counseling is an opportunity for individuals in relationships to work with a professional therapist on any issues causing problems in their relationship. It is a chance to gain new insight into yourself, your partner, and your relationship. These insights can lead to more satisfying lives as individuals, partners, and spouses.

There are many types of problems couples face when trying to resolve conflicts. Some of the more common ones are listed below, but your counselor can also help you with many other issues.

It is common for couples to have disagreements and misunderstandings that threaten their marriages. Couples counseling can help you keep your relationship healthy by dealing with problems as they arise.


People often enter into a marriage without knowing how to deal with conflict. This can make it difficult for a couple to find solutions when facing future problems. If you and your partner are having trouble resolving disputes or communicating your feelings effectively, couples counseling may be beneficial for learning how to work through these issues together.

Marriage and couples counseling is a beautiful way to improve your relationship. It can help you get through the tough times and strengthen your bond with your partner. Couples counseling is about communication, trust, and being open about your feelings. The most important thing you can do for your relationship is to seek professional help if things get rocky.

Who Is Marital And Couples Counseling For?

Marital and couples counseling is for a variety of people, including:

  • Married couples
  • Couples who are engaged
  • Couples who have been together for many years but have not married
  • Couples who have children within the relationship or outside it (commonly referred to as step families)

What Can Marital And Couples Counseling Help With?

Marital and couples counseling can help with a variety of issues, including:

  • Relationship issues (e.g., a conflict between partners)
  • Communication problems (e.g., lack of understanding or willingness to listen)
  • Sexual difficulties (e.g., low sex drive or erectile dysfunction for men; lack of orgasms for women)

When Is It Time To Go To Counseling

  • When you are having trouble resolving a conflict, we often focus on the issue that brought you into counseling. But this is just one part of the story. We also explore other areas that may be contributing to your distress and help create a map for how to work through them together.
  • When you are stuck in a relationship, it can feel like something is missing or different than it used to be—even if it started great—and both partners feel stuck when they think about making changes or leaving their partner.
  •  If you feel disconnected from your partner but still love them, for example, perhaps one doesn’t want children. Maybe one was raised Catholic and the other Jewish. If you two are fighting too much, we can work together to find a solution for each person’s needs without compromising either person’s desires.

How Does Marital And Couples Counseling Work?

Marital and couples counseling is an opportunity to improve your relationship with your partner. You will have the chance to discuss important issues affecting your relationship, such as communication and understanding each other’s feelings. The counselor will help you communicate better and understand each other better to work together towards common goals. You will also see things from the other person’s point of view through discussion and reflection exercises such as role-play or family systems theory.

Benefits Of Marriage Therapy Or Counseling

Marriage counseling can help you and your partner in several ways. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Developing an understanding. Marriage counseling will help you learn more about your partner and how they think, feel, and behave inside and outside the relationship. It will also help you better understand yourself and your own needs and those of your spouse.
  • Strengthening communication. Couples who have attended marriage counseling report improved communication skills between the two partners after the therapy ends. This can lead to more meaningful discussions about problems in your relationship without getting angry or blaming each other for their issues (a common symptom).
  • Resolving conflict resolution skills. Couples who attend marriage therapy learn how to resolve arguments more healthily where both parties feel heard. They know to settle disputes by listening attentively with empathy towards each other’s positions on an issue rather than becoming defensive about what was said during an argument because it doesn’t fit into their worldviews (and vice versa).
More Benefits:
  • Gain a deeper intimacy and connection with your partner
  • Help resolve relationship roadblocks
  • Couples counseling helps promote self-awareness and personal growth
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively
  • Resolve conflict in a healthy manner
  • Identify current relationship patterns

Couples counseling is a great way to improve communication, intimacy, and compatibility in your relationship. It can help you learn how to resolve conflicts without harming each other’s feelings. Couples counseling also helps the involved parties learn how to work together as a team, strengthening the bond between you and your partner. Many couples find that after they’ve been through a counseling session or two, they no longer need the counselor’s advice; instead, they can come up with solutions and compromises on their own.

Couples getting along well may benefit from couple’s therapy because it can help them identify areas where their relationship could be improved. While some people may see this as a negative thing (after all: “Why do I need someone else telling me what’s wrong with me?”), It gives both partners an opportunity to discuss things openly and honestly before making any changes for their betterment.

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  • It’s confidential.
  • It’s convenient.
  • It’s effective.
  • It is affordable to the average person because it is not covered by insurance. Most therapists offer a sliding scale fee structure that can be paid weekly or monthly, depending on your financial situation. Sometimes we have had clients who have been able to pay for their therapy because they have access to other types of funding (such as employer-sponsored health benefits). This makes marital and couples counseling accessible for most people, even those without insurance coverage.

Our Final Thoughts

Marital and couples counseling can help you and your partner to communicate better, understand each other’s needs, and learn how to work together. It is a process that takes time, but with the right therapist, it can be advantageous. If you think marriage counseling may be right for you or your spouse, then we encourage you to give us a call today.

Our marriage counselors have extensive experience assisting couples through tough situations, while helping them to reconnect as a team with couples counseling in Illinois. We know that marriage can be difficult at times and encourage all couples to consider marriage / couples counseling as an option to help allow you both to grow as a couple. 

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Seeking help is the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life.  CLAY Therapeutic Services builds a personalized treatment plan and takes you through the process at your own pace.  Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve peace and feel more satisfied in your life’s direction.

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