While many of the same dynamics and issues are present in both same sex and opposite sex couples, some factors, such as social acceptance and dominant heterosexual culture, can have a toll on relationships. Nontraditional couples may also experience discrimination and lack of social support that may lead to issues in coping, communication, and healthy decision-making.
Couples therapy, for same sex and nontraditional couples can help address deep-rooted issues and find ways to help bolster the relationship in a safe and understanding environment. Devising couples therapy helps with normative issues in partner communication and compromise as well. Some common issues that encourage couples to seek therapy include:
- To change relationship perspectives
- To identify dysfunctional behaviors
- To modify dysfunctional behaviors
- To decrease emotional avoidance
- To improve communication
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As with any couple, seeking therapy in the beginning stages of conflict may help to solve issues before they worsen and, thus, more difficult to treat. Couples therapy can be a huge benefit to participants feeling stagnant or depressed about current or past relationships, and can also help address uncomfortable issues such as:
- Effects of internal and external homophobia
- Sexual identity as an individual and as a couple
- Adoption or insemination
- Blended families
- Raising children
- Lack of social support
- Coming out
- Family Issues
- Cultural Differences
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Gender and sex roles
Family counseling for same sex or non-traditional couples may also help improve family issues and create a safe base that will support the couple.
For more information or to speak to one of our staff at the West Valley Counseling Center, please contact us at (818) 758-9450 or email us at email@example.com
West Valley Counseling Center is located at 19634 Ventura Blvd. Suite 212 Tarzana, CA 91356