Who Will Benefit from Couples Counseling San Jose?

Any couple can benefit from couples counseling.  Often, couples who believe that their relationship warrants counseling, conclude that it is a bad sign and they should consider breaking-up.  This isn’t the case.  Many couples pursue couples counseling for positive reasons such as the desire to create healthy relationships or enhance communication skills. The length of couples counseling can vary.  Some couples might need a handful of sessions to put them on the right track. Others are in crisis and require more attention and work.  However, with the right therapist and effort from the couple, they can find hope for their relationship and solid-lasting love.

What Kinds of Problems are Addressed in Couples Counseling San Jose Ca?

couples counseling san jose caPeople seek therapy for a range of problems.  Every situation and couple is different. The aim is to help the couple gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, and to decide if they need and want to make changes. If so, the therapist will help guide them to those needed changes.

Some of the common complaints we see at couples counseling San Jose Ca include:

  • Poor communication
  • Unspoken expectations
  • Unmet emotional or physical needs
  • Financial concerns
  • Frequent arguments
  • Parenting issues
  • Sexual and intimacy issues
  • Trust issues

Couples will pursue couples counseling not because their problems are unique, but because they are having difficulty resolving them in a health way. When problems are not resolved in a healthy, timely, manner, the consequences such as disappointment, bitterness and anger, escalate into more serious issues like resentment, hatred and rage.  This form of escalation can be avoided! Mediocrity and dysfunction can be aleviated if couples counseling is sought sooner than later, and as a result, a loving, lasting and life-giving relationship can be attained.

Is Couples Counseling Like Sex Therapy?

There is a difference between couples counseling and sex therapy. Couples counseling focuses on the relationship (emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial) while sex therapy deals more specifically with sexual dysfunction and or  challenges with sexual intimacy. They do interrelate. When a couple has other problems, such as trust issues as a result of infidelity, these issues impact the quality of their sex life as well as the emotional well being of the individual.  If that is happening, couples counseling will require a longer comittment and an assessment of whether a form of addiction is present.

What will the Therapist do in Couples Counseling?

At San Jose Counseling, Inc., you will have an opportunity to work with Invia Betjoseph, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Invia has over a 15 years of experience in couples counseling, sex addiction recovery, depression, anxiety, self-image, shame and guilt as well as a focus in couples who are experiencing emotional stress related to relationship conflict and extra-marital affairs.  A 20-minute consultation at no charge is available for couples who want to start working on their relationship issues.

Couples counseling will start with an assessment where each person will be asked about his or her relationship in the context of their history together and their individual relationships. This enables the therapist to develop a deeper understanding of the couple and what each needs to make his/her relationship better. The therapist will then have time to give his or her impression of the situation. Together, the couple can agree to a counseling plan (treatment plan) that will meet the needs of the relationship and help reach goals for healthy living. Call San Jose Counseling today to schedule your free consultation for couples counseling.