Couples therapy or marital therapy (couples counselling / marital counselling) helps with conflict management through optimising effective communication.
Larissa Ernst also provides pre-marital counselling - creating effective habits for communication and laying a healthy foundation for marriage.
Couples therapy deals with the quality of the relationship between two individuals who identify themselves as a couple through a long-term relationship or marriage.
We first build a picture of the patterns that cause blockages by having initial individual consultations with each of the partners before bringing them into a collective therapeutic space. Once the therapist has a clear picture of what is happening they can create a safe space in which the partners can resolve pent up emotions and deal with complex feelings that have built up over time.
My approach is goal directed and works to resolve unfinished issues and improve communication and flow between the partners.
Research shows that couples who engage in this type of therapy before their relationship deepens or before they commit to marriage dramatically improve their chances of having a successful long-term relationship. Pre-emptive input from an experienced therapist can create effective habits for communication and aid the blossoming long-term relationship.