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partner in therapyIf you have a partner in therapy, you may not know exactly how you should support them. As partners, we want to be able to swoop in and solve their problems for them. We wish we could take away all of their pain or distress. However, we cannot do that. Here are a few things to keep in mind while your partner is journeying through talk therapy. 


Give Them Space

Let them have their space. Let them experience therapy in whatever way that is beneficial to them. You will probably be curious about their sessions, what they talk about, or what they are working on. Try to let your partner come to you with this information. Let them share what they want to share in their own time. 


Communicate With Them

Communication is a vital component of a successful relationship, especially if your partner is going through mental health challenges. Remember to communicate your needs as well. Even though your partner is working through recovery and may need space, communication still needs to occur respectfully. 


Be Patient

Your routines may look different with a partner in therapy. Your partner may be experiencing a great many challenges in therapy. While it is great that they are working through their recovery, you may need to be patient. 


Don’t Try to Solve Their Problems

When we see our partners struggling, we instinctually want to help them. We want to take away their problems and do things for them. Let your partner work through therapy. Don’t try to step in and help them through their problems. Always be supportive, available, and ready when they do need you. Let the therapist lead your partner. You can then watch your partner grow and overcome challenges they may have thought they would never conquer. 


When you have a partner who struggles with mental health, addiction, or trauma, it has probably affected your relationship in some way.  If your partner has begun therapy, you may find yourself not knowing how to help them or what you should do. Work to have clear communication with your partner. Have them explain to you how they want to be supported. Make time for yourself, and take care of your own needs as well. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health issues affect everyone in a family. We are ready to help. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you and your family through your recovery journey at (855) 483-7800