What is marital and premarital counseling?
Marriage counseling, also referred to as couples therapy, is a form of short term psychotherapy that helps couples recognize and resolve conflicts to improve their marriage. Couples typically begin marriage counseling to analyze and address the concerns that arise with various relationship problems that are putting stress on the relationship.
Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage and create foundation for a healthy and successful marriage. This gives couples the chance to establish communication strategies, bring closure to conflicts, and discuss concerns while working through solutions.
Counseling will improve your relationship, not hurt it. Reasons to begin marriage counseling include:
- You or your partner have become indifferent.
- Almost all communication is negative or leads to fights.
- You or your partner lies or keeps secrets.
- Your relationship lacks intimacy.
- You view one another as the antagonist.
- You or your partner have been unfaithful.
- You find yourselves having the same argument over and over again.
- You or your partner are being dishonest about finances.
Given the distressing divorce rates, premarital counseling could save your marriage before it begins. Couples will be encouraged to discuss topics such as:
- Current issues in the relationship
- Roles in marriage
- Dealing with anger
- Values, attitudes and beliefs
What does marriage counseling look like?
A marriage counselor will begin the process by collecting information on the history of the relationship’s distress. Once this is done the marriage counselor will work with you and your partner to create goals. These goals will guide you and your partner to experience more positive interactions. In this process each partner should feel understood and heard. Many couples have between 10 and 20 sessions depending on the seriousness of the distress. Things can shift fast when both partners are dedicated to the process.
When should I call your office?
If you or your loved ones have concerns about marital or premarital counseling , you can work with a specialist. At Soma Therapy, we can help! Call 316-201-6047 or fill out our contact form to get help & learn more about marital counseling resources today. We also often provide referrals in-town if we cannot connect you with the right resources within Soma Therapy.
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