Individual Counseling Vs Couples Counseling: What Do I Choose?

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Counseling involves working on personal and emotional concerns with a therapist. Counseling can be used by different age groups to get support for various issues.

Here, we will be looking at two types of counseling and their differences —  Couples Counseling Vs Individual Counseling.

What is Couples Counseling?

Couples Therapy handles issues between partners. Couple Counselors help solve issues such as: 

  • Trouble getting along with your partner
  • Communication Problems
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Financial Issues
  • Managing needs and expectations in relationships

The main goals of couples therapy are to:

  • Improve the quality of the relationship
  • Work on current and future issues
  • Learn healthy communication patterns
  • Become closer and learn more about each other

In Couples therapy, partners meet the therapist individually and together. Individual sessions help the therapist understand each partner’s concerns better. 

Some Important skills you will be learning from Couples Counseling are:

  • Improve how you communicate with your partner
  • Get a better understanding of your partner’s needs
  • Learn ways to manage conflicts
  • Have a positive mindset about the relationship
  • Relationship counselors use a variety of techniques for you to build a stronger relationship with your partner

Couples therapy can be used by both married and unmarried partners. Marital or Marriage Counseling is for married couples. Premarital Counseling is for unmarried partners. 

At Inner Space, we help couples with their issues using different techniques, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and others. If you would like to learn more Couples Counseling at Inner Space, please click on the following links:

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Counseling is a process that can help you learn more about yourself and your relationships.

Or Counselors are trained to help you with a wide range of concerns.

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What is Individual Counseling?

Individual Therapy involves meeting a therapist to discuss your personal issues. Individual Counseling helps you with emotional issues, relationships, life changes, stress, and anxiety. 

The counseling sessions weekly or as often as needed. Each session can be 50-60 minutes long. 

The therapist will work with you to notice the reasons and teach you ways to deal with your issues. 

Our therapists at Inner Space are trained in a wide range of therapies. Some techniques we use in our practice are Mindfulness Based Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Client Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

If you would like to learn more about Online Counseling at Inner Space

Key Differences Between Individual Counseling Vs Couples Counseling

There are large differences between Individual Counseling vs Couples Counseling. Here are some of the main differences between them:

Individual Counseling:

  • Includes sessions with the client alone 
  • Focuses on emotional issues, unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling, underlying unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling, stress, major life changes, relationships and other concerns
  • Understands the past and present patterns of the client.
    Helps clients manage issues by themselves 

Couples Counseling:

  • Includes sessions with the couple together and separately with each partner
  • Focuses on improving the relationship and reducing conflicts
  • Works on the issues between the partners, and less on the individual
  • Helps partners become closer, and better at communicating with each other 

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychological Counseling encourages open and honest dialogue about issues that cause you distress. Through your relationship with your therapist, you’ll work to identify and understand how these stressors are impacting your life, and learn ways to cope with them.

To choose the right form of therapy, you must first understand what you want help for. If you have personal concerns like:

You should think of choosing individual counseling. 

If your concern involves improving your relationship with your partner, then Couples Therapy is a better fit for you. 

Couples Therapy needs both the partners to be involved to work on the issues together. Relationship Counseling can be a great opportunity to bring you closer to your partner. 

Both forms of counseling (Individual and Couples) are great ways to get help from a Professional on your issues. Couples Counseling can improve your relationship and Individual Counseling is a way to work on yourself.

Psychological counseling is needed if you’re experiencing distress, struggling with a mental health condition, having difficulty coping with life changes or stressors, or struggling in relationships.

About the Author

This article was written by Parvathi Ganesan, Counselor at Inner Space. This article was consulted & approved by professional therapists practicing online therapy and counseling. 

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