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    Couples Therapy for Parents

    Lately, when you’ve become upset with your child, you have noticed a deeper anger or frustration with your partner that follows. It’s a nagging feeling that grows and makes it frustratingly impossible to be present with your child or to connect with them. You are just so angry!

    Maybe you can hear your partner making statements about how you parent or what you are doing wrong. Maybe they are even blaming the challenges with your child on you, like it is your fault your child is having a hard time or is giving you a hard time. Or maybe you are blaming your partner.

    You thought that you had a healthy relationship and that when you had children, you would easily become a family. Instead, you have found that you and your partner (or other caregivers) don’t agree on a lot of things. It’s just so hard and it gets so heated! You wonder why all these other family issues keep coming up, where these new communication barriers came from, and when your quality of life started to decline. 

    If you’re ready to talk to a therapist about these issues, we are available for an initial phone consultation at (720) 295-9086. To learn more about the therapy process for parents, please read on. 


    Let’s Address the Relationship Issues

    At UplfitME Attachment-Based Therapy, we offer a solution to the relationship challenges that arise from being a parent, and we focus on building healthy family dynamics. Many times, children are brought into therapy when parents and caregivers are concerned about the child’s behaviors or mental health issues, or concerned that they aren’t connecting with their child. As therapy progresses, the therapist notices that there are actually a lot of challenges between the parents and that their conflicts are directly impacting the child. While it might be difficult to hear or acknowledge, couples counseling could be the best solution to helping your child.

    Through couples sessions, we can support anyone identifying as a parent or caregiver to begin processing and healing the challenges that are between them. It doesn’t even have to be about parenting. You are complex human beings, and your marriage or partnership is bigger than just being a parent. Couples therapy is available to help you work through disagreements, infidelity, different parenting styles, sexual satisfaction issues, life transitions and shifts in the relationship, mental health issues and challenges connecting with one another.


    How Would Therapy Help My Marriage?

    So many couples find themselves in a position of feeling unhappy after they become parents or feeling scared of the commitment of becoming parents. It is very common. When you’ve added a person or more to your dyad, it creates more and more complexity in your daily routine and your relationship. Having children can make you more aware of the negative feelings you have or more aware of just how hard life can be.

    You might notice your own negative experiences as a child surfacing more now that you have kids, or you might feel less connected with your partner because you are too overwhelmed or too anxious with the demands of parenting. Couples might feel trapped by their circumstances and wonder if it is better for the kids if they stay together even if they have lost intimacy and seem constantly angry and unhappy, versus separating and dividing the family. 

    Therapy can help you understand each other’s needs, communicate your personal and relationship goals, and build assertive communication skills. Compared to individual counseling, couples therapy offers an opportunity for partners to work on relational dynamics and healthy communication while cultivating deeper understanding and empathy for a more compassionate relationship. Couples therapy is often the most effective path towards better sexual intimacy.


    I’m Not Sure We’re Ready for Couples Counseling

    It can be scary to say out loud that things aren’t working. What if it leads to divorce or separation? What if we allow ourselves to admit that we are unhappy, and it tears the family apart? We didn’t get to this place overnight; it slowly seeped in and changed our family over time. There is a history of stuff we’re going to need to address.

    You might also feel like it’s perfectly normal to feel angry and resentful towards your partner. It’s not like things are unsafe or that you are yelling at each other all the time. It’s probably better to just keep going the way you’ve been going and stay together for the kids. Perhaps you’ve got the kids in therapy, or you are in individual therapy yourself, and things work well enough to keep the house running, so it should all be ok.


    This Could Change Everything

    We have seen couples start couples counseling, rebuild a strong bond, and find the path to being happy again. By allowing themselves the space to heal together, the rest of the family benefited, and things became less stressful and painful at home. In addressing the couple’s challenges families became healthier. Parents and partners who have pursued marital counseling usually find it to be an overall positive experience and often report improved communication in many areas of their lives.

    Parents have also found support and guidance when they knew it was time to divorce or separate, coming together to best help their kids through this difficult transition. Children who are experiencing a divorce make it through more successfully, exhibit better behavioral health, and require less mental health services when their parents can work together constructively. Having a safe space to discuss the difficulties in making this transition go smoothly and handling the big feelings that kids experience during divorce is critical for the holistic health of the kids.

    We Will Help You Focus on the Big Picture

    Our Denver-area couples therapist will support you and your partner as parents and as individuals. Our therapists are trained in understanding how trauma and attachment impact relationships.  We know that becoming a couple can be difficult and becoming a parent can be even more difficult.  Sometimes the wounds from childhood relationships, with our own parents and caregivers, come up and get in the way. Or, sometimes couples have gotten themselves into patterns and habits that seem impossible to break amid everyday life stress. They think they are doing the best thing for their families and feel unsure if things could or even should change. 

    But it doesn’t have to be this way, and you can be happy again. Our attachment-based approach to therapy can help increase emotional intimacy, creating a stronger bond between you and your partner. In the supportive space of attachment-based relationship counseling, you can learn effective communication skills and how to work better as a team through life transitions. You can find personal growth as you also grow in your current relationship. 

    You deserve a fulfilling marriage, a fulfilling sex life, and a home that supports your mental health. To take that first step to improve the quality of life for you and your partner, you just need to call. A therapist is available to help and support your unique concerns and needs.

    Check here to learn more about our couples and family therapist Kaley Blair, MFTC.