Couples in distress have much to gain from seeking support from a skilled professional and having a neutral third-party help them move toward positive change and repair roadblocks interfering with relationship health and satisfaction.
Issues Addressed | Benefits | What to Expect If your passion is fading, you feel you are now roommates instead of lovers, or you are in a high-conflict relationship without a road map, couples counseling may be exactly what you need.
It is a new situation filled with unknowns and, therefore, can bring up vulnerabilities as you face what is really going on in your relationship.
We value integrity, openness, cooperation and collegiality.
We appreciate and respect diversity and individual differences.
Another important focus is on the awareness of social and cultural differences among the SIUE community.
Counseling Services values and maintains the highest professional ethical standards in fostering psychological well-being and development.
The therapist will use the beginning of treatment to better understand what brings you and your partner to counseling and what your relationship feels like.
Depending on the situation and the therapist’s therapeutic approach, he or she may ask to speak with each partner individually, along with meeting with you as a couple.Understanding that the counseling process may be uncomfortable or may bring up unpleasant emotions will aid you in making the most out of the experience.There is no need to feel ashamed or discouraged if a counseling session creates emotional heaviness.After providing an assessment, couples therapy can go in a variety of directions based on the current issues and goals of the couple.The therapist will help each partner understand his or her role in the relationship conflict and take ownership of his or her feelings, thoughts and actions.Our staff works closely with students, faculty members, student affairs administrators, public safety officers, health care services providers, housing staff, and parents of SIUE students.