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WHAT IS MARRIAGE COUNSELING? Marriage counseling is a special type of mental health service where partners meet face to face with a trained marital therapist in a private and confidential setting. In this setting the couple expresses their feelings, problems and frustrations about themselves and their partner. Through the skilled interventions of the therapist, the couple is able to identify mutual goals and establish a more positive and satisfying way of interacting. One of the most important aspects of marital counseling involves training couples in the art of effective communication and mutual compromise.
WILL MARRIAGE-COUNSELING WORK FOR MY MARRIAGE? Unfortunately, marital therapy does not work in every case. In some situations, marital couples seek counseling after many, many years of marital discord and the pain and hurt that each partner feels runs too deep to be resolved.
However, the good news is that marital counseling does help in the majority of cases. A recent study in a leading consumer magazine clearly indicates that a large majority of couples undergoing marital therapy experience a marked improvement in their relationship. One of the most important findings our therapists at Counseling Care report is that the sooner the couple gets help with marital problems, tne better the chances are for the marriage to experience real improvement.
HOW ARE MY CHILDREN AFFECTED BY OUR MARITAL PROBLEMS? As might be expected, children in homes where there is a significant level of marital problems pay a high price for their parent's discord. Children in these situations often demonstrate academic as well as social problems as a reaction to their parent's problems. Again, the sooner a couple receives help, the greater the likelihood that the children will be less affected by the parent's problems.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF OUR CHILDREN ARE EXPERIENCING EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS? Children and adolescents experience serious emotional distress for vast number of reasons, including living in families where their parents have serious marital problems. If you sense that your child's emotional conflicts are serious, if their academic performance or behavior at school has changed or if their relationship with their friends has deteriorated, an assessment by one of our trained child and adolescent therapists may be necessary. This assessment will help to identify the nature and severity of the problem and what steps are necessary to assist your child to return to the highest level of functioning possible.