Looking for Couples Counselling in Pretoria? Here’s How Dr Tienie Maritz Can Help!

It was Henry Ford who once said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”. This statement rings true, especially when it comes to relationship therapy. While some couples might push on day to day, ignoring aspects of their relationship that are bringing them down, many partners find immense comfort in being able to openly express themselves and work on the issues that are bothering them.

Dr Tienie Maritz is a practising psychologist in Pretoria with over 24 years of experience in counselling married couples and life partners through trauma, miscommunication difficulties, and the daily struggle that most couples experience. Relationships are never easy, so there is no shame in admitting when one needs help – we all do! Below are some of the benefits that couples counselling has to offer.


Responsible Conflict Management

During a point of contention, it’s not uncommon for arguments between partners to become heated and for hurtful words to do more damage than intended. Couples counselling is a safe way to handle conflict with a mediator (the counsellor) in the middle who bears the brunt of harsh truths. Apart from conflict becoming safe and welcomed, this type of therapy also allows for new ways of conflict resolution to be developed. Individuals can discuss their perceptions and feelings without shifting blame or accusing their partner of anything.


Developing a New Communication Style

After many years together, it’s normal for people to forget how they should be talking to each other. Growing more comfortable in a relationship may mean that partners often forget how disrespectfully they speak to their loved one. Couples counselling helps to rethink communication styles and to give particular regard not only to what is said, but also to how it is perceived. Once communication begins to improve, intimacy within the relationship also increases.


Focusing on Strengths

While problem areas and challenges within the relationship might be what drives a couple to seek help in the first place, couples counselling also focuses a great deal on the positive aspects of the relationship. Being together for a long time may blind partners to what it is that drew them to their significant other in the first place. Therapy is a healthy way to rediscover the strengths and beauty that may have been forgotten or been taken for granted.


Developing a Strategy

Couples counselling isn’t just the cathartic practice of venting about all the problems in a partnership; it’s also about creating a plan to improve things. After working closely with the couple, counsellors generally help the couple to come up with a step-by-step plan that enables them to spot trigger scenarios more efficiently, and then give practical solutions to deal with any destructive patterns that may emerge.

If you are living in Pretoria and looking for a reliable, highly-qualified psychologist, then Dr Tienie Maritz may be able to help. With a PhD in psychology, Dr Maritz has studied a variety of psychological applications to best serve the diversity of clients he engages with daily. If you are interested in making an appointment with Dr Tienie Maritz, feel free to fill in the online contact form or visit his practice in Pretoria for more information.

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