Meridian Behavioral Health provides couples therapy for a wide variety of problems. Six of our current clinicians provide counseling for couples and all have significant training and experience in helping to repair, strengthen and enhance relationships. We can help pair you with the right clinician to fit your needs, and will help you get back on the path to building a healthy and happy relationship. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a couple’s therapist, please fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you. You can also call us directly at (815) 344-5061.
What is the focus in couples therapy?
Our therapists share a common goal in couples therapy: to reduce distress as quickly as possible, and to start building the positive aspects of the relationship that lead to intimacy and satisfaction. We also understand that people in a relationship may prefer very different therapy styles when seeking marriage counseling. Some couples want help processing difficult experiences and trying to find a resolution to them. Other couples may want a practical, skills-based approach focused on generating tangible changes in the relationship. All of our marriage counselors try to adjust their style and therapy goals to fit the needs of each couple’s specific needs.
What happens in couples therapy? Do we just talk about problems?
No, not necessarily. While marriage counseling is often the ideal place to talk about past events with a therapist present to help the process, much of the work done in marriage counseling is about finding new ways of interacting with your spouse that leads to less conflict and more intimacy. Talking through problems is part of marriage counseling, but there needs to be an emphasis on strengthening the positive aspects of the relationship that may be missing.
Whatever your needs are, you’ll find our clinicians flexible and adaptive to the best approach for your circumstances. A few common issues we work with are: