Couple Therapy for Depression
Couple Therapy for Depression is a type of talking therapy that can help people with relationship and emotional difficulties that sometimes arise when there are problems between partners. People who are depressed often find their relationships suffer and sometimes problems with relationships can lead to one or other partner becoming depressed or anxious.
Your couple therapist will explain how the approach works, and help you to think about how it might help you and your partner. They will make sure that this is the right approach for you and that you and your partner are committed to undertaking the therapy.
Signs of depression
Depression can affect people in lots of different ways.
Typical symptoms are:
- loss of interest and enjoyment in ordinary things
- feeling tired tearful and irritable
- Wanting to be alone
- Loss of interest in sex
- Not being able to sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Not being able to concentrate
Talking openly with your partner about the problems for the first time can feel difficult and you may be worried about what your couple therapist thinks about you. Your therapist will help you make sense of any worries you may have about starting sessions. They should give you the feeling that they know that starting therapy can be difficult and give you a sense that they will try to understand what life is like for you and your partner and that they are not judging you or your partner in any way.
Your couple therapist will usually try to get a good picture of what you and your partner are finding difficult in your relationship and how this is affecting you both.
What does couple therapy for depression involve?
Everyone’s therapy will be a bit different, but usually couple therapy will help you and your partner to explore and understand more about your difficulties. Working together with a therapist you will explore the issues that seem to trouble you and your partner.
Couple therapists aim to help you feel respected and to create a setting in which you feel comfortable to talk. Many people find it difficult to speak about their problems with someone they don’t know, and it is important that your therapist can help you feel that the therapy is a safe and confidential place in which to discuss things that may have been bothering you for some time.
What can I expect from Couple Therapy?
Couple therapy for depression will help couples to:
- Communicate more openly and clearly
- Be more aware of their partner’s needs
- Manage feelings of anxiety and stress
- Come to terms with life changes
Benefits of couple therapy for depression are:
- A more stable family life
- An improved sexual relationship
- Reduced jealousy
- Increased confidence