Couples Therapy Chicago, IL

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a psychotherapist helps partners in a romantic relationship gain insight into underlying tensions, conflicts or frustrations in order to resolve problems and improve overall relationship satisfaction. If you are looking for couples therapy in Chicago, IL or Austin/Houston, TX, Depth Counseling is here to help.

What is couples therapy?

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which a psychotherapist with specific expertise in working with couples, helps two partners in a romantic relationship gain insight into underlying tensions, conflicts, or frustrations in order to resolve problems and improve overall relationship satisfaction.

You and your partner should consider working with a relationship therapist in Chicago if you are experiencing:

  • Repetitive arguments
  • Feelings of distance
  • A drop in warmth or affection
  • Difficulty having fun or being playful with each other
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity/Emotional affairs
  • Persistent feelings of anger, resentment or dissatisfaction
  • Decreased interest in sexual intimacy
Partner 1 / Partner 2 -> conflicting wishes & needs -> sense of vulnerability -> anticipated reaction -> defensive response -> sense of futility -> sense of vulnerability ... efforts at communication

When is the right time to seek couples counseling from our best therapist?

Every relationship has its ups and downs. Disagreements happen and going through life’s challenges together can sometimes feel overwhelming. 

Some signs that couples counseling could be beneficial:

  • You and your partner seem to be fighting all the time, with the same issues resurfacing over and over.
  • Healthy conversations feel strained or one-sided. 
  • You are struggling to express your needs and feelings or feel unheard by your partner.
  • Emotional connections or sexual orientations have been fading away. This can be a major sign of underlying issues in the relationship.
  • Infidelity or broken trust has shaken the foundation of your relationship. 
  • You feel like you’re growing apart or roommates sharing space. 
  • You are considering separation or divorce.

If you are experiencing these situations, you don’t have to wait until things reach a breaking point. Relationship counseling or marriage therapy after a diagnostic assessment can be helpful at any point in your relationship. With emotion-focused therapy, our skilled couple therapists can guide you to practice open communication, identify unhealthy patterns, create a more meaningful relationship, and bring positive change.

How can Depth Counseling help?

If you are experiencing one or more of these difficulties, then we strongly recommend that you reach out for an initial consultation for couples therapy or relationship counseling in Chicago. Our therapists can help you uncover and explore the real issues at play beneath your discontent. Instead of arguing, talking around the issues, or simply avoiding each other, you can gain real traction with an expert who will guide you through a deeper resolution and integrative approach. 

Many new couple clients fear that if they uncover the real issues, then they will discover a basic incompatibility in their relationship and will need to break up. For this reason, they avoid taking the first step of reaching out for help. In truth, couples counseling only leads to a breakup if one or both of the partners wishes to end the relationship. In most cases, however, both partners are surprised by how good it feels to address the real issues and find solid solutions only after the first session.

Couples therapy in Chicago | Depth Counseling

In couples therapy or marriage counseling, you can express yourself, feel heard, and learn to listen more effectively. Once you understand the real problems, you and your partner can work with empathy to find mutual solutions. Typically this work increases feelings of love, support, and trustworthiness. 

As you work through your relational conflict in psychodynamic couples therapy, you will notice:

  • Greater insight into the real problems beneath repetitive arguments or tensions.
  • Deeper understanding and empathy for your partner’s needs and feelings
  • Trust in your partner to listen and hear your message (even when it is difficult)
  • Trust in yourself to express your needs and feelings in a way that gets heard.
  • An increased sense of physical and emotional safety
  • A renewed wish for physical and emotional intimacy
  • The knowledge that you can work through conflict to strengthen the bond
  • A feeling of durability (“If we made it through this, we can make it through future challenges.”)

Interested in Depth Counseling?

We would love to hear from you. Click here if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule to begin your first therapy session! Our team of compassionate providers is dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality of care for your mental health needs.

Some of our areas of specialty include:

Our Chicago offices are located in Ravenswood (2650 & 2656 West Montrose Avenue, 60618), and the Loop (122 South Michigan Avenue, 60603) in Chicago, Illinois. We serve adults and families from all over the Chicago area and beyond, including Evanston, Cicero, Hammond, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Arlington Heights. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like help finding our offices, please let us know!

In Texas, our offices are based in Austin and Houston, and our clinicians offer therapy exclusively via telehealth.

About Us

Click here to learn more about our fantastic team of mental health clinicians. Our providers offer specialty services in both individual and couples counseling. In addition to psychotherapy, we also offer the chance to engage in Psychoanalysis—a specific long-term and intensive treatment model. Our practice draws heavily from Psychodynamic theory, which has been shown to be incredibly effective through multiple research efforts (see Shedler, 2010).

It’s not just in the name—Depth Counseling is about moving beyond basic counseling techniques to understand deeper parts of your psyche. Get more out of your treatment, and experience the healing power of Depth Counseling.

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