Relationship Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (RPTSD) & Couples Therapy

As couples look for and build love throughout their lives, they may face challenges that leave lasting, negative imprints on their emotional well-being. Relationship post-traumatic stress disorder can also be referred to as Relational PTSD, but both terms describe lingering, emotional wounds within intimate partnerships. Just as a person can get PTSD from events in their life, people can experience similar symptoms from prior, traumatic relationships. These symptoms can be triggered by current situations in their romantic partnerships.

Fortunately, couples therapy and marriage counseling offer hope to couples struggling with RPTSD, empowering them with a path towards healing and renewed connection.

Relationship Trauma & How Couples Therapy Can Help

Relationship PTSD manifests as a collection of emotional scars stemming from distressing experiences within a partnership. Infidelity, betrayal, loss, or prolonged periods of intense conflict can contribute to this condition, leaving individuals haunted by memories and grappling with trust issues. Symptoms may include heightened reactivity, avoidance, and a pervasive sense of fear that can hinder the ability to connect with one’s partner.

Couples therapy, especially from highly qualified and specialized counselors like ours at Well Marriage Center, can help couples look at past relationships, deal with the aftereffects of prior trauma, identify triggers and overcome them, and build a deeper connection in the now. It is possible to move past the symptoms of relationship PTSD and have healthy, happy connections again.

Why Choose the Experts at Well Marriage?

Modern therapy has evolved with changes in neuroscience, approaches to emotional development, and advancements in research – how therapists approach marriage counseling is no exception. For example, in the past, therapists would often ask, “what seems to be the problem?” Instead, we start by exploring your strengths as a couple, what you each brought to the relationship initially, and where your relationship might have started out strong. We use this as a foundation for doing deeper work and getting to the root of issues and problems your relationship is facing. This subtle, positive shift reminds couples they are on the same team and helps set them up for longer-term success from the very beginning.

When you work with a specialized therapist who has dedicated their career to understanding and resolving relational issues like trauma, attachments, communication, conflict, separation adjustments, infidelity, and more, you have a greater chance of getting to the root of concerns that spring up between you and your partner. As experts in our field, we don’t run out of ideas, insight, and tools that you can use to improve your relationship dynamics.

Our Specialties

Our therapists specialize in everything about how people relate to and connect with one another.

This, unfortunately, often includes topics like trauma, PTSD, sexual issues, intimacy concerns, communication issues, withdrawal, and high conflict situations. We’re also specialized to assist with other aspects of life, like loss of job, infertility, death in the family, life changes, faith and secular issues and how they affect relationships, and couples from different backgrounds.

Reach out to our intake coordinator today to see if we’d be a good fit for your unique situation. You can also read more on our blog or check out our FAQs.

Get Started Today! 

Our affordable fees and insurance policies can be found here. We work hard to keep the cost for couples therapy in line with other local providers, and many couples can get reimbursed through their insurance company.

If you have more questions that our website doesn’t answer, click the Get Started button and schedule a free time with our Intake Coordinator; she’ll answer any lingering questions you have.