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Understanding Couples Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ

Couples Counseling

Scottsdale Couples Therapy

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As a couple’s therapist who has worked in Scottsdale for the past four years I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful couples.  Each couple’s story is, of course, unique.  They come from different religious backgrounds, different races, ages, and even different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Some of these couples are married and looking for marriage counseling.  Others are engaged and want to create a strong foundation through premarital counseling.  Others are dating or in committed long-term relationships.  I have even worked with individuals providing them with couple’s therapy for one.  This type of relationship counseling is when your partner will not attend couple’s therapy, for those who want to learn how to become a better spouse/partner, or for those who are at a crossroads (no pun intended) in their relationship and want guidance on how to proceed.

Communication Challenges=Common Ground

Regardless of the couple or the situation what I have learned is that nearly all of the couples that come to our Scottsdale Relationship Center have a few things in common.  One commonality I hear from virtually every couple when I ask why they are seeking a couple’s therapist is that they have a communication problem.  The couple goes on to report that no matter how hard they try to talk through an issue with one another it ends up with both of them feeling frustrated.  I hear, “We don’t know how to fight fair,” or comments such as, “We can never come to a resolution.”  Communication problems are indeed the common ground between all the couples I have worked with.

A close-up of a couple holding hands as a person with a clipboard makes notes. This could represent how couples therapy in Scottsdale, AZ can support your relationship. Learn more about counseling in Scottsdale, AZ by contacting a couples therapist in Scottsdale, AZ today.It is not as though the individuals who are seeking couples therapy do not know how to communicate.  In fact, most of the couples I work with are smart, intelligent, and highly educated individuals who are excellent communicators.  They can talk to a colleague, friend, or any other person and do not experience the same communication challenges as they do with their spouse/partner. So why is it they have such huge difficulties communicating with their spouse/partner?  I believe the answer is that the kind of communication needed in a love relationship is different.  It is what I call, “Emotional Communication,” or EC for short.

Emotional Communication

What is Emotional Communication?  For starters, I will tell you what it is not.  It is not a business transaction.  It is not talking about numbers or profit and loss statements.   It is not casual talk between friends.  Discussing the weather or sports does not count.  It certainly is not small talk.  It does not involve bargaining or negotiating with your spouse or partner.  Talking about your day at work in very surface-level terms also does not count as EC.  There is nothing wrong with all the examples I shared; it is simply that they do not qualify as EC.

Now, let’s look at what qualifies as Emotional Communication.  EC is the kind of talk you have only with close, connected, and trusted people.  EC is when people reciprocally share their vulnerability.  It is talking about your deepest emotions, thoughts, dreams, fears, hurts, and needs with one another.  Transparency and vulnerability are at the heart of EC.

A couple smiles while sitting across from a person gesturing with their hands. Learn how a couples therapist in Scottsdale, AZ can help your relationship via couples therapy in Scottsdale, AZ. Search for “couples therapy in Phoenix, AZ” to learn more about counseling in Scottsdale, AZ today.It is a fact that marriage and couple’s relationships NEED deeper intimacy in order to survive.  The problem is that many of us, while excellent communicators are not good at sharing our vulnerable selves.  We do not know how to open up and how to be transparent.  When one or both partners do not know how to emotionally communicate what occurs is that connection problems take root!  This leads to a vicious pattern where the lack of EC exacerbates the feelings of disconnection which, in turn, exacerbates the communication problem.

Couples Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ Can Help!

If you and your spouse/partner are struggling to emotionally communicate then a good couple’s therapist who understands how to empower couples to share their vulnerability can help.  Our Scottsdale couple’s therapists will teach you how to recognize the deeper emotions and emotional needs that are hidden in the communication challenges.  We will help your relationship by showing you and your spouse/partner how you can create safety so that you can reach out with vulnerability which is the key to Emotional Communication. Start your therapy journey with Crossroads Counseling by following these simple steps:

  1. Contact Crossroads Counseling for a complimentary 20-minute phone consult
  2. Meet with a couples therapist
  3. Start strengthing your relationship bonds!

Next Steps

Parenting is challenging!  We could all use a little help?  Call us at 623-680-3486,text 623-688-5115, or email info@crossroadsfcc.com.  You can ask all the questions you have and see how we can help you with parenting.   Our offices are conveniently located throughout the Valley of the Sun including Phoenix, Anthem, Arizona online/virtual counseling, and Scottsdale. We would be honored to support you in better understanding your relationship.