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4 Signs You Might Need Couples Therapy


Couples Therapy Sunshine Coast | Couples Therapists Near Me

At Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic, we understand the complexities and nuances of relationships. Recognising when you and your partner might benefit from couples therapy is a important step in nurturing and strengthening your emotional bond. 


In this article, we'll explore four signs when it might be time to consider couples therapy, how our therapy options can help you, and the unique benefits of Gottman Therapy. We will also be answering some frequently asked questions about couples therapy, including:


  • Is Couples Therapy only for married couples?

  • What is the Gottman Method, and why do you use it?

  • How long does therapy typically take?

  • Can we attend couples therapy individually?

  • Do you offer online therapy sessions?

  • How does our 2 Day Couples Therapy Workshop work?


Do you have Communication Problems In Your Relationship?

One of the most common signs that a couple could benefit from therapy is communication difficulties. When discussions turn into arguments more often than not, or when it feels impossible to express your thoughts and feelings effectively, it's a signal that something deeper may need addressing. 


Our couples therapy aims to create a safe space for both partners to express themselves openly, fostering understanding and empathy. This will help to strengthen your emotional bond and put in place strategies for healthier communication. As experienced therapists, we are able to give you skills and tools that make it much easier to avoid conflict, arguments & fights with your partner. 


Has your relationship lost the Spark?

Over time, it's common for relationships to evolve, sometimes resulting in the loss of that initial 'spark'. If you're feeling disconnected from your partner, it doesn’t mean the relationship is over. We love helping couples get their zing back – in fact it’s a key ingredient. 


Therapy can help rekindle that connection, reigniting the passion you have for your partner. This is something that the Gottman Method of therapy that we use is designed to do.


Is there a Lack of Intimacy with your Partner?

Many couples think that intimacy is all about physical closeness. But it is also about emotional connection. A decrease in intimacy can cause a whole range of problems in a relationship, from reduced conversation to a lack of physical affection. 


Couples therapy can assist in exploring the underlying issues causing these problems and help you to rediscover your intimacy.


Are you and your partner Constantly Fighting?

It's normal for couples to have disagreements, but constant, unresolved fighting can be harmful for your relationship. It’s a sign that things need to be looked at and worked on in the relationship.


If you find yourselves stuck in a cycle of conflict without resolution, it might be time to seek help. Our Sunshine Coast couples therapy provides realistic, practical tools & strategies to manage and resolve conflicts constructively, promoting a healthier, more understanding relationship dynamic. 


Our Therapy Options

At Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic, we offer a range of therapy options tailored to your unique relationship needs. Our couples therapy sessions are designed to provide practical tools and insights to improve your relationship, whether you're dealing with communication issues, intimacy problems, or frequent arguments. 


We use Gottman Therapy methods to help repair your relationship, rediscover your spark, and introduce healthy communication strategies.



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Why Gottman Therapy for Couples?

Gottman Therapy, led by our Certified Gottman Therapist and Psychologist Madonna Hirning, is grounded in years of research. It uses evidence-based strategies for improving your relationship. This method focuses on building respect, affection, and closeness, managing conflict effectively, and creating shared meaning, all crucial elements for a healthy, happy, lasting, loving relationship.


Fast Track Your Healing With Our 2 Day Intensive Couples Therapy Workshop

Our 2 Day Couples Therapy Workshop provides couples with a fast track to a reinvigorated relationship. Rather than spending months attending weekly couples therapy sessions, our intensive workshop is designed to achieve incredible breakthroughs and developments in just 2 days. This is a great option if you are wanting to engaging in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In the workshop you will learn to:


  • Communicate more effectively

  • Understand each other better and at a deeper level

  • Improve your intimacy

  • Engage in conflict areas in a calmer and more productive way


FAQs About Couples Therapy

What is the Gottman Method, and why do you use it?

The Gottman Method is a research-based approach to couples therapy that focuses on building respect, affection, and emotional connection while managing conflict and creating shared meaning. We use it due to its effectiveness and strong foundation in scientific research.


How long does therapy typically take?

Generally speaking this is not a “1 appointment and you’re done” situation. It takes time to understand your relationship issues at a deeper level. Change takes time.


The duration of therapy varies depending on the couple’s unique needs and goals. Some couples may benefit from short-term therapy, while others may require a longer-term approach. 


Is Couples Therapy only for married couples?

No, couples therapy is beneficial for all types of relationships, regardless of marital status. We welcome couples who are dating, engaged, married, or in any form of committed relationship.


Can we attend therapy individually?

Yes you can attend couples therapy by yourself. As you can imagine, couples therapy usually involves both partners, individual sessions may be recommended as part of the overall therapy process. 


It can be difficult to make someone else attend therapy, so we certainly do encourage you to seek help when you feel like you might need it. 


Do you offer online therapy sessions?

Yes, we offer online sessions for those who prefer or require remote access to therapy.


Can therapy help if we are considering separation?

Yes, therapy can be beneficial for couples considering separation, as it provides a space to explore the relationship's issues and determine the best path forward. Amongst many things, good communication is something we would work with you both to improve. 


What if we have already been to Couples Therapy but still have issues?

It's not uncommon for couples to need further therapy after their initial experience. Each therapy experience is unique, and sometimes a different approach or a new therapist can make a significant difference. We know it’s really important to find a therapist and a type of therapy that feels like a good fit for you both. 


Contact Us

If you are having relationship problems or recognise any of these signs in your relationship, or if you're simply looking to strengthen your bond, don't hesitate to reach out to our couples therapists. Contact Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic at 0406 211 587 or visit our website to learn more about our couples therapy.


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