Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling at Friendswood Family Counseling gets to the root of the problem!

Many couples argue about issues that have nothing to do with what is really troubling them.  You may be getting caught in a negative cycle that keeps you in a constant state of conflict.  You may be arguing about taking out the trash or whose turn it is to cook dinner. But below the arguments are unmet needs for love, affection, intimacy and belonging.

We are all created to be in relationship with one another.  And so when we are feeling disconnected, it is very painful.  That is why counseling at Friendswood Family Counseling focuses on the real issues couples are facing.  When root issues are exposed, couples can experience better emotional and sexual intimacy.

Couples counseling helps to create more intimacy by:

  • Beginning with premarital counseling, when feasible
  • Helping couples develop strong communication skills
  • Trust-building
  • Creating intimacy in your relationship
  • Recognizing and healthfully expressing emotional responses
  • Working through blended family issues
  • Tackling sexual concerns
  • Managing stress
  • Creating acceptable financial boundaries
  • Working through difficult times, like midlife crises, death of a child or parent, health issues
  • Managing spiritual or religious differences

Pre-Marital Counseling at Friendswood Family Counseling is designed to strengthen marriages and prevent divorce.

Pre-marital counseling involves using the Engaged! curriculum developed by Michael Smalley and is approved by the state of Texas.  Rochelle meets regularly with you and your finance’ for several weeks prior to your wedding day.  A minimum of four sessions is required but couples who complete all 8 hours will receive a certificate of completion that will allow you to get $60 off your marriage license.

In premarital counseling, you will look at ways to make your marriage succeed by learning about the following topics that impact relationships:

  • Family of origin issues
  • Finances
  • Sex
  • Blended families
  • Divorce recovery
  • Communication skill development
  • Conflict resolution skills

Sometimes couples have unique needs that may impact their relationship, such as medical problems or mental health issues.   Pre-marital counseling at Friendswood Family Counseling gives couples the option to incorporate additional resources into the sessions to help meet those needs.  Rochelle is committed to making these sessions relevant to each couple’s situation so that your relationship is strengthened appropriately prior to marriage.