MARRIAGE COUNSELING

Individuals' traits, such as self-esteem, interpersonal skills and beliefs about marriage affect their approaches to marriage. Expectations might not be everything, but expectations affect everything. Marriage counseling brings expectations into focus, putting them on the table for discussion before problems arise. Couple traits include values and goals, along with communication and conflict-resolution skills. A marriage counselor helps a couple build upon their strengths and learn ways to overcome their weaknesses. Personal and relationship contexts are the baggage you bring with you from your past. The best way to deal with these issues is with an objective third party.

Collaborative Effort

You can expect a collaborative effort during marriage counseling. My goal is to help you achieve what you and your partner want in your marriage. I can offer a new perspective on your marriage that may help you as a couple see things differently, but you have to be willing to contribute to the conversation as well as make a genuine effort to implement my suggestions. The more you are willing to share, the easier it will be for the me to help you.

Intervention and Refereeing

Interventions are changes that you will try to make during marriage counseling. An intervention is designed to help you break out of a routine in your marriage that may be negatively affecting it. I will likely ask you or your spouse to change something to see how the change affects the marriage. In addition, I act as a referee: if an argument occurs during a session, I may intervene to make sure the argument is fair.

Homework

Not everything you need to do improve or save your marriage can be done within the confines of the the counseling office. You will likely be given homework.  It's similar to school homework: if you don't do it, you will have a hard time reaching your goals. I will give you and your spouse different assignments, and you'll be expected to discuss the results in subsequent sessions.

 

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