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Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling  
Do you feel like your marriage isn’t what you expected it to be? Maybe you’ve found a side of your partner you’re not too happy to discover. Marriage throws people into difficult situations, and not every relationship walks out stronger than ever. Marriages aren’t easy. They require hard work, consistency, empathy, and a fair amount of emotional intelligence to survive. But if your marriage is worth saving, it might not be a bad idea to have a third person, a professional, listen to your problems and offer some advice. If you loved your partner enough to marry them in the first place, then they probably have great qualities. Qualities that make the two of you compatible and happy. Isn’t that worth fighting for?This article will tell you what you can expect from typical marriage counseling and what it can offer you.

Is My Marriage Over?

Maybe you’ve run into a problem you don’t know how to fix on your own. Maybe the people around you, your friends and family, aren’t equipped to offer you advice on this particular problem. There are some problems that just can’t be solved by talking to loved ones, after all. A couples counselor can be the perfect stranger to give you advice. By being a stranger, they can understand your problems with more objectivity and can see problems and solutions you or the people around you could never even imagine. A counselor is often trained in mediation and conflict management — which are incredibly important tools — and can help you navigate through tricky conversations you want to have with your partner. Many couples want to make their relationship work. They know where they want to be, but they just don’t know how to get where they want to go. In these situations, counselors can be the perfect mediators that can listen to each of you without assumptions or prejudices. They can identify the problems and blind spots one or both of you are suffering from and offer simple exercises to help both of you talk it out without anyone getting hurt. A counselor can strengthen communication, which is critical in any marriage. They can do this by fixing bad habits such as interrupting your partner, talking over your partner, not being willing to step in the other’s shoes and help in being more empathetic and reasonable. Couples that can communicate effectively might very well save their marriages and walk out of the session with their relationship stronger than ever.

 Why Should I Get Counseling?
Not everything can be solved with counseling. But you’d be surprised at how common some problems are and how simple bad habits and blind spots can lead to big problems.

A couple’s therapy session can address problems such as the following:

  • Infidelity
  • Anger management
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Communication problems
  • Conflicts on child-rearing

Counseling can also help partners prevent, if not completely avoid domestic abuse problems by bringing red flags to your attention as soon as possible. Or by even guiding those with abusive tendencies to get help and become better people in the process.

What Happens In Couple’s Therapy?
You Find New Ways Of Supporting Each Other
It’s important for relationships to be mutually supportive and nurturing. It can take effort to foster a positive environment where you and your partner can understand each other’s goals and dreams and help realize them. A counselor can help you create that environment.

You Improve Your Love Language
Each person has their own love language, but not everyone realizes this. Couples with mismatched affection styles are going to end up confused and hurt without understanding what happened. A counselor can guide both partners to understand their love languages better. Or even assign “homework” such as dates and outings to rekindle the spontaneous fun when both partners are at a loss on what to do.

You Learn Conflict Management Skills
It’s important to know how to de-escalate a situation before someone says something they’re going to regret in a moment of stupidity and ruin an otherwise great marriage. Bad habits from our childhoods or previous relationships can carry over into our current relationships and ruin our chances at happiness.

Find The Root Causes Of Problems
Sometimes, we can’t get the right words out because of fear, embarrassment, or deeper emotional issues that hold us down. Many red flag problems go unspoken and unresolved as a result. Finding the root cause of a problem in a relationship can potentially save you heartbreak in the long run or even mend relationships. Everyone has a past, and the past can influence how we act in the present. A counselor can help you move past traumas and start relationships anew. Sometimes, marriages don’t work out. You might have children from a different marriage but still need everyone to get along. In instances like this, Kaiser Insurance can offer group communication workshops to help strengthen your family. Our facilities in Denver are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for appointments.  Click the link to find marriage Therapist