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Marriage Counseling Treatment

Life is about relationships. Whether you are legally bound in marriage or have chosen to cohabitate, it is commonly understood that relationships can be difficult and challenging at times. Far too many marriages and relationships dissolve because couples simply don’t have the tools to negotiate many of the challenges. However, marriage or couples counseling can provide the valuable tools that can help a good relationship survive and become healthier than ever.

When Your Relationship Needs A Helping Hand

Your relationship doesn’t have to be on the brink of disaster to seek counseling. A common misconception is that only couples who are close to separation or divorce need marriage counseling. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re already hanging on to the edge of a cliff for dear life, chances are you are likely to fall. The same often holds true for any relationship. If you wait until your relationship is “on the rocks,” greater effort will be required to get it back on solid ground. Even if it looks and feels like it’s “over,” break, marriage counseling could be just what’s needed to save your relationship.  Or it could be the most effective way to help you amicably and constructively part ways. 

Regardless of where you and your partner are in your relationship, if one of you feels like counseling could be helpful, it’s a good idea to explore counseling together. Very often couples develop unhealthy habits that become annoying, or they simply have different communication styles that lead to frustration and conflict. Conflicts between partners also influence children in the home. Perhaps there are concerns about how your behavior toward each other may be affecting the children. 

Issues Often Addressed In Marriage Counseling 

Some of the relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:

  • Frequent conflict and arguments
  • Poor communication
  • Emotionally distanced couples on the verge of separation
  • Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting

At Serenity Wellness & Counseling, we set established goals based on the Gottman Method for marriage counseling. These goals include the following:  to disarm conflicting verbal communication; to increase intimacy, respect, and affection; to remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and, to create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Tools Couples Learn That Lead To Healthier, Happier Relationships

Here at Serenity Wellness & Counseling, couples learn to build Love Maps which shows how well each partner knows each other. You’ll learn the antidote for contempt, which is to share fondness and admiration for each other. Additionally, you and your partner will learn to turn toward each other instead of away, while learning how to turn small, everyday moments into the building blocks of a strong relationship. You’ll learn the importance of managing conflict instead of resolving conflict. Conflict is natural in any relationship and has functional, positive aspects. Couples also learn how to create an atmosphere of trust, to create shared meaning and so much more. 

You May Have Some Questions About Marriage Counseling

“Can you tell me about your background and training in marriage therapy?”

At Serenity Wellness & Counseling, our marriage counselling clinicians are required to complete the Gottman Method Training, a scientifically sound approach to helping couples understand and strengthen the weak areas in their partnership. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. 

Do you take sides?

I do not take sides. However, it is very important for everyone to speak from their perspective, to feel acknowledged, and validated. I create a safe space and make room for both partners to be heard and try to keep both perspectives in focus.

How do you manage conflict/yelling/fights in session?

I do allow conflict to arise in the therapy room. Although, I will let couples yell/ argue (no physical fighting) it is done in a safe manner. Seeing the conflict first-hand allows me a deeper look into what happens as couples begin to enter the emotional back and forth necessary in this important setting.

Will you see each of us by ourselves for individual sessions without our partner?

Yes, I do see partners individually. Confidentiality is discussed beforehand with each partner. 

A Brighter Future Can Be Yours With Marriage/Couples Counseling

Being in a committed relationship is sacred and powerful when the couple is also committed to a lifetime of learning and growing. Marriage counseling can be the most profound tool in your relationship, one that need only be utilized as needed for tune-ups and tweaks. Helping couples get the tune-up that sets their relationships on solid ground is rewarding for all involved. If you have questions, you can call me at 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you!

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