Despite what you may think, marriage counseling isn’t just for those who are married…
Vows Or No Vows: When Couples or Marriage Counseling Is Appropriate
Many couples choose to seek counseling prior to getting married, while some couples may have been together for decades when they decide to explore couples counseling. Another common misconception regarding couples counseling is that you must be straight or living together in a traditional relationship. Not so. Marriage Counseling, also known as Couples Counseling, can be integral for any couple, married or not, looking to strengthen and deepen their relationship. In fact, some couples come to counseling after they have separated or even divorced and learn how to reconnect and often get back together.
Marriage counseling is one of the best ways to improve communication skills, come to mutual understandings, and figure out how to either move forward as a couple or to amicably end the relationship/marriage, if that is the right choice for the couple.
A Relationship Doesn’t Have To Be Broken To Be Improved
Many people think that people only go to a marriage counselor to fix a broken marriage. But many people are pre-emptive and pro-active when it comes to relationships. Many couples use couples counseling as a regular preventative measure to keep their relationships running smoothly. In fact, it’s no different than going to your doctor for an annual check-up to make sure all your vital organs and systems are functioning well. Marriage counseling offers valuable tools to help maintain your marriage long-term.
Are Marriage Counselors Specifically Trained To Focus On The Here And Now
Unlike traditional therapists, Marriage Counselors are usually Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and are specifically trained to focus on their clients’ relationships, helping couples diagnose their problems and work on solutions. Marriage counseling is a safe place for couples to hash things out and to talk about what is really on their minds.
Common Issues That Often Prompt Couples To Seek Counseling
- Couples who feel like they have the same fight over and over and it’s hard to see eye to eye or come up with a solution.
- Couples who disagree about parenting, financial, or lifestyle choices.
- Couples who feel that household responsibilities are unequal and can’t figure out how to effectively communicate about this or come up with solutions.
- Couples who feel that they have lost sexual or romantic chemistry.
- Couples who feel like their marriage is on autopilot.
- Couples who feel unheard or who feel like their partner is emotionally unavailable.
- Couples who have experienced a recent tragedy or loss and are having trouble processing it together.
- Couples who are dealing with substance abuse, infidelity, or mental health issues.
When it comes to the effectiveness of marriage counseling, it takes two…
You and your partner or spouse chose to become a couple. It will take both of you to decide to solve whatever challenges you are facing. It takes courage to show up and face your inner landscape and learn how it affects those with whom you’ve chosen to be in relationship with. If you are ready to embark on couples counseling, you can call me at 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you and your partner.