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Have you ever felt lost in your closest relationships or wished the bonds with your partner or family members could be strengthened? Relationship therapy can be hugely beneficial.

What is relationship therapy?

Relationship therapy, often called family therapy, is a form of treatment that aims to improve communication and resolve conflicts within a relationship. It is about solving problems that have already occurred as well as preventing future difficulties by strengthening understanding and cooperation between partners.

What is family therapy?

Similarly, family therapy is a method that involves all family members to build stronger bonds and resolve underlying issues that affect the whole family. It can be particularly beneficial for families where issues have arisen or where individual events have created cracks in the family structure.

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How can therapy improve your relationships?

  • Improved communication: By learning to express feelings and needs in a constructive way, you and your partner can understand each other on deeper levels.
  • Conflict management: As therapy provides tools to manage and resolve conflicts, you will learn how to avoid damaging the relationship.
  • Strengthened trust: By sharing and working through difficulties together, you can build stronger trust in each other.
  • Deeper understanding: Understanding each other’s values and beliefs is essential for a lasting relationship.

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The steps to a healthier relationship

Everything has to start somewhere and reading this could be the first step. You are seeking information because you want to improve your relationship. This could be an indication that the relationship may not be living up to your expectations and that it is worth protecting and nurturing. The steps forward can look like this:

  • Acknowledge the need: The first step is to acknowledge that your relationship could benefit from professional help.
  • Seek information: Research options for relationship and family therapy. You can easily get in touch with one of our therapists for a 20-minute session for them to tell you more about how it works.
  • Choose a therapist: Find a therapist that you and your partner or family feel comfortable with. This is important, so take your time.
  • Commit to the process: Be present in each session and commit wholeheartedly to the work required.
  • Use the tools: Take advantage of the techniques and tools you learn in therapy in your daily interactions.

What do I do now?

Lavendla has experienced psychologists and therapists specialising in relationship therapy and family therapy available to help. Our goal is to make it easy for you to find the help needed to improve your relationships. We care about your well-being and are here to support you on your journey towards a happier and more harmonious family life. Simply book an online session through one of our therapists’ or psychologists’ profile pages. We help make the difficult easier.

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7 frequently asked questions about relationship therapy

What is relationship therapy?

Relationship therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on improving communication and resolving conflicts between parties in a relationship. It is a process of working with a therapist to strengthen the bond and understand each other better.

How can relationship therapy help me and my partner?

Relationship therapy can provide you with tools to deal with difficulties and challenges in your relationship. It offers support to develop a deeper understanding and closer cooperation between you.

Is relationship therapy only for couples in crisis?

No, relationship therapy is also helpful for those who wish to deepen their relationship or prevent future problems. It is a way to actively work towards a healthy and sustainable relationship.

How long does a relationship therapy process take?

The length of relationship therapy can vary depending on the couple’s specific needs and situation. Some may experience improvement after a few sessions, while others may need more time to work through deeper issues.

What techniques are commonly used in relationship therapy?

Therapists may use various techniques such as communication exercises, conflict management, gestalt therapy and/or emotionally focused approaches. These techniques are designed to promote understanding and cooperation between partners.

How do we know if we have chosen the right therapist for our relationship therapy?

It is important that you both trust and are comfortable with the therapist. A good therapist should be neutral, empathetic and professional. You may also want to look at the therapist’s experience and specialisations.

How does individual therapy differ from relationship therapy?

Individual therapy focuses on the individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours, while relationship therapy emphasises the dynamics and interactions between people in a relationship. It is about improving the interaction and communication in the relationship.

Written by dominic

Dominic is a Cape Town-based copywriter and editor with a background in psychology.