By Syd Sukalski
Are you considering marriage counseling in your relationship with your significant other? Maybe you are a couple or a married individual who thinks marriage counseling might be for you, but you need to learn more about what it is, who it’s for, and some of its benefits. Well, you have come to the right place.
We’re going to talk about marriage counseling momentarily, but first, let us introduce ourselves.
New Perspective Therapeutic Services provides a compassionate environment to all clients who maintain different reasons for coming to therapy. Nigeria McHellen, MSW, LCSW, is an experienced therapist who bases all of her therapeutic approaches on evidence of success and a desire to help her client’s individual growth. She offers a wide variety of therapeutic services to help you, the client, get all of the help and healing you need to improve your mental health.
But now, let’s talk about marriage counseling.
What is Marriage Counseling?
Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy and doesn’t necessarily have to occur between two married people, is a form of therapy where you and your partner see a counselor together. During your most likely once-a-week sessions, your therapist will help you and your partner work through conflicts, learn to communicate more effectively, and hopefully improve or repair your relationship. Marriage counseling is rarely ongoing and will likely only consist of a few sessions or a few months of sessions, depending on your problems.
Now, let’s talk about some of the benefits of marriage counseling.
Resolving Key Conflicts in Your Relationship
If you consider marriage counseling, you may find that you and your partner argue the most about one topic. This subject can be anything from doing the laundry or the dusting to making a big move across the country or whether you are ready for children. Seeing a counselor may help you and your partner resolve these issues or at least see the other’s side more clearly. It can also help you find the root problem behind these conflicts and work through that problem.
Helping You and Your Partner Understand Your Relationship
Marriage therapy can also help you and your partner understand the dynamics of your relationship. In thinking about these, you might consider who, if either of you, holds the most power in your relationship. You might also think about your patterns, what you frequently disagree or argue about, and how you communicate with one another. Establishing these patterns and dynamics can help you understand your relationship fully and can be instrumental in healing it.
You and Your Partner Gain a Neutral Third Party
One of the great things about therapy is that you receive honest, objective advice from someone who has both of your best interests at heart. The best therapist for you and your partner is someone whom you both feel you can trust. That way, you will both respect what they have to say, and you will be open to their feedback. Having this trusted third party can help you and your partner see one another’s perspectives and how an outsider may perceive your actions and words.
Couples Therapy Creates a Sanctuary for You and Your Partner
It can be difficult when you and your partner find yourself arguing frequently. You might feel on edge, or maybe you are having trouble communicating. Chances are, the thing you are dealing with is highly vulnerable. Conflict with a romantic partner almost always is. You might find it scary or nerve-wracking to talk about some of the things you’re feeling or experiencing. Marriage counseling can help with that. Seeing a therapist, even if it’s an online therapy chat, provides a different type of space for you and your partner to work through your differences. Therapy of this type sets rules and boundaries, so you and your partner can be as honest and respectful as possible of one another.
Growing Closer to Your Partner Through Marriage Counseling
Marriage counseling occurs when you and your partner feel that your relationship needs help. It is a vulnerable process that requires honesty and open conversation between you both. Throughout the process, you and your partner will likely learn quite a bit about each other. It may help you grow closer and form a stronger bond than you had before. Even if the trust was an issue, you might find that this process can help you. It can give you and your partner the means to build a better, more stable, and honest relationship.
Marriage counseling can sound scary, but it can help you and your partner. If you are considering marriage counseling, check out therapists near you.
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Nigeria McHellon, MSW, LCSW
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