Orlando Relationship Counseling & Therapy
Orlando Marriage Therapists at GroundWork Counseling understand that your love relationship can be the source of one of life’s greatest joys as well as a source of some of our greatest pain. Marriage Counseling, Couples Counseling and Relationship Therapy are all terms used interchangeably to describe a counseling environment where both partners are able to work through their relationship challenges in a safe and supportive environment. Our couples therapists are here to help you and your partner rebuild your relationship and marriage. GroundWork Counseling is an LGBTQ affirming counseling practice, offering couples counseling and marriage therapy to those in same-sex and heterosexual relationships.
Evidence-Based Couples Therapy
At GroundWork Counseling, we firmly believe that couples can learn the skills needed to improve their relationship. Instead of utilizing personal opinions and values alone to guide couples, GroundWork Counseling’s couples therapist utilizes the Gottman Method, a structured, research-based approach that is designed to get results. With the Gottman Method, couples learn what truly makes and breaks relationships, while developing realistic expectations about having a healthy, loving relationship.
The Gottman Method is based on 30 years of research that followed the histories of over 2,000 marriages. Through this research, John Gottman discovered that couples must work actively to build friendship, admiration and fondness into their relationship before they can successfully resolve conflicts and begin to share their hopes and together. The Gottman Method is an easy to understand, straightforward approach that teaches couples to sustain positive habits while learning how to avoid the traps of defensiveness, contempt and criticism which can poison relationships and lead to divorce or the end of a relationship.
Why Do People Attend Couples Counseling?
Our counselors understand that while a love relationship can offer us a deep connection and give us feelings of intense love and emotional attachment to another person, we all know that relationships change over time. Without a deep commitment to the relationship and a willingness to change, grow and continuously work on the couple bond, the relationship may begin to deteriorate. Making a love relationship work is not easy. Often both people feel frustrated when their individual concerns and personalities clash, changing feelings of love, affection and intimacy to feelings of frustration, distain, hurt and anger. Whether the couple is constantly bickering and arguing or engaged in a power struggle or disconnected from each other and barely speaking, the relationship is no longer loving, safe or enjoyable – orlando marriage counseling and relationship therapy at GroundWork Counseling can help. Couples therapy can help you to nurture and cherish a healthy love relationship or provide help with a relationship that is in trouble. Counseling and therapy can also assist couples to make the right decision about getting married, contemplating divorce, or beginning or blending a family. It can help couples with financial, career, child, in-law, blended family and sexual challenges.
How Can Marriage & Relationship Counseling Help?
The goal of our marriage and couples counseling is to provide a nurturing, emotionally safe space in which a couple, whether they are married or not, can improve listening and communication skills, learn to make major decisions together, and sort out misunderstandings. Through this process, true intimacy, a loving connection and a sense of partnership is reestablished and trust is regained. From this deeper emotional connection, couples can once again focus on valuing their partner and become responsive to each other’s needs and wants.
Our counselors state that research continually shows that our relationships with others affect our overall happiness and satisfaction with life more than any other factor in our life. As humans, we are social creatures and most of us need other people in order to feel good and thrive and we need close interpersonal relationships in order to be happy. Relationships include romantic relationships, relationships with family members, relationships with friends, and relationships with co-workers.
If you are looking to improve your relationship or marriage, our Orlando Therapists at GroundWork Counseling can help. Relationship challenges are often made worse by depression, anxiety, anger problems and a lack of assertiveness. Poor communication skills, a lack of empathy and an inability to understand each other can also contribute to relationship challenges. Acceptance of oneself and others and honing communication and assertiveness skills are key foundations for relationship success. Relationships give meaning to our lives. Orlando relationship counselors encourage you to be proactive and learn the skills needed so that you may have the happy and fulfilling relationships you desire.
Who Seeks Relationship, Marriage & Couples Counseling?
Often, We See Couples Facing The Following Challenges:
- Poor Communication. Most therapists would agree that clear communication is the cornerstone of all healthy relationships. Effective communication consists of being honest without blaming, attacking or criticizing with the goal of reaching a compromise instead of demanding that the other person change.
- Lack of Trust.The foundation of any relationship is trust. Lying, cheating, and infidelity can wreck havoc on any relationship and these actions often contribute to the end of the relationship. Without trust, there can be no relationship.
- Neglecting the other person. When other people, interests or activities interfere make us unavailable, we can end up taking the other person in the relationship for granted. It’s important to treat the other individual as the important person they are and spend enough time together so that you can maintain your connection.
- Being controlling.Having certain preferences is entirely natural and even healthy. However, when this inclination becomes excessive and begins to impinge on the needs and rights of others it can begin to cause a number of negative reactions in the other person, including rebellion, anger and resentment.
- Being self- Being highly self-involved and allowing one’s own interest continually take priority in a relationship typically makes the other person feel unappreciated, unimportant and resentful. Selfishness and self-centeredness don’t contribute to a balanced, healthy relationship.
- Neglecting yourself.Conversely, being self-sacrificing and passive can lead to anger and bitterness. Having a healthy relationship means making sure your own needs are met by standing up for yourself, communicating assertively and taking care of yourself just like you take care of the people you love.
- Being negative. People enjoy being around others who are positive and upbeat and help others feel good about themselves. Criticizing, nagging and nit-picking bring a negative spirit to the relationship.