Couples Counseling is a highly specialized field. A therapist can be an outstanding individual therapist or child therapist but lacks the skill to provide good Couples Therapy.
A good Couples Therapist needs to manage the mental health of two people while balancing the needs of two equal adults. In individual therapy, the therapist has the luxury of being on the client’s side. In family therapy, the therapist is trying to sustain a healthy imbalance of authority.
In Couples Counseling, the therapist needs to be on the side of each person and the couple simultaneously. And they need to see a pathway to get the couple out of whatever mess they find themselves in.
The Couples Therapist has to know how to untangle relationship knots. Lastly, a Couples Therapist is often the source of hope for the couple.