André Anthony Moore, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (New York State License: 001435)

Ketamine and Psychedelic Assisted Therapist certified by The Integrative Psychiatry Institute Practitioner of Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Use Nonverbal Sensorimotor Techniques to deepen Emotionally Focused Therapy

Goal Setting for Marriages and Couples

Having goals in a relationship is pretty natural, although most people don’t think of it that way. Even at the beginning, you are probably thinking about where you want the relationship to go and the life that you want to create with your partner. After that first stage of intense, passionate love, the planning becomes more of an integral part of your life, especially if you begin planning for the future or for your wedding.

Setting Goals in Relationship Counseling

Couples Counseling

Goal setting is extremely important in relationships

Although you cannot really predict how things will turn out in the future, it is very healthy for a relationship to explore and set goals. In relationship counseling, you can discuss any goals that you have for the future to see if both of you have the same idea for how you want the future to unfold. You could discuss whether you are looking for a serious relationship or if you would rather keep things casual. Understanding your goals in the long and short term for a relationship is a great way to learn more about your partner and understand how he/she sees your life together.

Making Your Own Individual Goals in Relationship Counseling

Before you can decide whether you and your partner are on the same page, you should take some time to think of your goals as an individual and your goals for the relationship before you share them with your partner. Once you have these ideas in mind, you can share them with your partner to see if the two of you want the same things. Your goals may change over time, so it is important to constantly reassess and communicate with your partner if you do change your mind about how you want the relationship to be.

Understanding Your Partner’s Goals in Relationship Counseling

You should also take some time to contemplate and understand the goals that your partner has.

In addition to learning what you want from the relationship, you should also take some time to contemplate and understand the goals that your partner has. While many of your goals may be the same, there may be others that are slightly or completely different. When your partner shares his/her goals with you, you should make sure to listen and completely absorb what he or she is saying to you so that you are able to understand how best to move your relationship forward in a way that will satisfy you both.

Marriage and Couples Counseling New York offers relationship counseling in New York City. If you are struggling with defining your goals, sharing them with your partner, or you simply would like to receive expert advice on how to proceed, our counselors can give you the support and guidance that you need to build a stronger, healthier relationship.