Relationships are not always easy. Bringing two individuals together is filled with necessary compromise, patience, and selflessness. Joining two lives into one can be nearly an impossible task. Each person is set in his or her ways. You may have a particular method that you like the coffee made in the morning; your partner does it differently. You may enjoy going out every weekend; your partner prefers to stay in. The list can go on and on. And these are just the logistics! This does not even begin to address the emotional and psychological issues each person brings to the relationship.
The professionals at Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County can help you and your partner navigate these difficult waters. Perhaps your marriage has gotten to such a negative place that you are questioning staying together at all. Perhaps you are already separated, but still hold out hope for reconciliation. We have walked through this journey with many other couples. We can help you identify what the primary problems are in your relationship, and then work to see if there is a common goal. If both partners in a relationship are willing to work hard, real change is possible. To schedule marriage counseling, give Thriveworks Marietta a call today.
How Can Marriage Counseling Help?
“Should my spouse and I get marriage counseling?” The best answer to this question may be, “Why not?” If you and your partner are at the place where you have separated or are planning to separate, you have nothing to lose. If you are both frustrated and saddened by the idea of not spending your life together, your relationship deserves a second chance.
Perhaps you and your partner have simply lost a lot of the joy that you used to have in your relationship. You feel misunderstood, maybe distant and possibly bored. You fear that initial spark has disappeared and you are left with the mundane reality of daily life together. Maybe you and your spouse cannot imagine breaking up, but your relationship has always been wrought with fighting and disagreements. You passionately fight and passionately make up. You spend many days and hours apart, after slammed doors and screaming matches. You desire some stability and peace in your relationship. Problems in a marriage (or any relationship) can develop from many different causes. Some may include:
- Financial problems
- Loss of job
- Selling a home
- Life transition such as retirement or unemployment
- Difficulty with children
- Serious medical problems
- Psychological problems
- Death of a loved one
- Emotional or psychological problems
- Lack of trust
- Lack of communication
Whatever the cause of the difficulties in your marriage, a skilled counselor can help you identify these, develop an agreed upon plan of action and work through the steps of healing together. Both partners in the relationship have valid thoughts and feelings that deserve to be heard. Oftentimes, in a relationship, one person’s voice is heard much louder. We can give both members the respect and time they need. Making the decision to pursue marriage counseling indicates a level of commitment to the relationship that is an excellent sign for it’s future prospects for success.
Effective Methods in Couples Counseling
A skilled counselor can employ various methods to engage both partners in a relationship and create change. At Thriveworks, we are skilled and educated in this area, and we have helped many couples just like you. We will not be shocked or overwhelmed by whatever issues you and your partner bring to the counseling room. Many times, past issues from a person’s life are causing strife in a new relationship. We are ready and able to deal with these types of issues as well. Changing long-lasting patterns of unhealthy behavior is not easy, but it is possible with real commitment. At Thriveworks, we make use of many couples counseling methods to make this a reality.
Some of these methods of change may include:
- Identifying problems
- Recognizing the most important problems for each partner
- Creating safe boundaries for discussion
- Teaching active listening
- Establishing honest and clear communication
- Creating trust
- Healing painful hurts from the past
- Establishing or fostering intimacy
You may read this list and think it seems wildly unrealistic. You and your spouse have lived through so much anger and resentment, that achieving these calm goals seems nearly impossible. We know that it can be very difficult to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We can be that light. Thriveworks Marietta can guide you and your partner to a healthier, happier place as a couple. We have helped many couples, just like you, create a better reality in their relationship.
Schedule Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County
The caring counselors, therapists, and psychologists at Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County are leaders in the mental health field. They are licensed and trained to deal specifically with your marital issues. They are respected leaders in their community and have been published in leading publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Prevention, Psychiatric Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
At Thriveworks, we understand that it may be very difficult to make that first phone call to us. You may have been asking your partner for years, or even decades, to engage in couples counseling. They have finally agreed! Now you call a counseling office, and their first available appointment is in two months. In that time, you fear that your partner will change their mind. This is a very valid fear and one that we do not believe should occur. We respect your decision to seek counseling and know that it is time-sensitive. For that reason, we work to get new clients in as quickly as possible. We offer evening and weekend appointments to help accomplish this mission.
When you conducted the search that brought you to this page, you were most likely inundated with choices. There is a great deal of information available on this topic. It can be difficult to make a choice. You need not look any further. Thriveworks counselors can be your trusted partner in creating the relationship that you know is possible. Give us a call when you are ready to get started.