For many couples, increasing conflict and distress does not start when they are married, but begins while they are dating. When in the midst of distress, many couples fear that the early presence of conflict is a “sign” that the relationship may not be sustainable. However, I have worked with many dating couples and have found that pursuing counseling during this time does not indicate that the relationship is doomed to fail. In fact, many couples that choose to begin counseling while dating find that it actually sets them up for the success they are hoping for.
Good relationships are often hard work, and within my practice I help couples develop the skills they need to overcome hardship, and create a healthy, fulfilling connection.