Marriage counseling works by helping couples identify and better navigate their unique challenges. Following an initial assessment of the couple in terms of strengths and needs, the therapist would then discuss their therapeutic goals and any possible approaches or ways of working together as therapist and couple.
Couples attend sessions together, whether they meet in person or by video. In addition to regular marriage counseling sessions, each partner may also be asked to attend a few individual sessions to supplement their progress. This will allow their counselor to get to know each individual better, assess each of their personal needs, and develop the very best treatment plan moving forward.
On average, couples attend marriage counseling for 12 weeks. However, marriage counseling may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress. Marriage counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Norwalk, CT work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.
Research shows that around 40% to 50% of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce or separation. If you are wondering what that breakdown looks like, you might be shocked. Every 13 seconds, there is one divorce in America. Shocking, right? When turmoil within a marriage starts to get out of control, many couples decide divorce is the best option for them. However, many conflicts that couples face can be resolved through effective communication, respect for each other, and the guidance of a professional.
“The difference between an ordinary marriage and an extraordinary marriage is in giving just a little ‘extra’ every day, as often as possible, for as long as we both shall live.”
Marriage counseling at Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT might be the answer you and your spouse are looking for. Our counselors can help you learn better communication to help you push past the arguments you have, no matter how big or small. If you are having trouble in your marriage and don’t want to end in divorce, consider working with us. Just call our office to get started. We will be here.
Can Our Challenges be Fixed with Marriage Counseling?
There are many different reasons to pursue marriage counseling. Every situation is unique, and every situation has the ability to be fixed. Consider this: Have you both tried working through your issues with little to no resolution? Are you both tired of bickering? Do you wish there was another way to get your spouse to understand you? If you answered yes, or relate to any of these questions, marriage counseling might be right for you.
It is important to start marriage counseling when both partners are ready. By “forcing” your spouse to go to therapy, they may not be as open-minded to the care you receive. Try to help your partner understand why you want to attend marriage counseling or ask them to try just one session to see how it goes.
Trying to come up with every reason why spouses begin counseling would be nearly impossible. Instead, we included some of the more common issues that have led to some couples to start therapy:
- Lack of communication: When couples don’t know how to effectively communicate with each other, it can create a storm of tension. Communication issues are one of the biggest reasons why couples seek professional help. Your counselor can help you navigate through what you are both feeling and teach you how to understand better in the future.
- Infidelity: When one or both spouses have cheated, some concerning damage to trust has been done. Some partners choose to separate after learning of infidelity, however, others choose to try and repair the harm and regain lost trust. You may not know how to move on from this situation but that’s why a marriage therapist can provide the support you need by coming up with a healthy resolution.
- Parenting: For couples that have children, it isn’t uncommon to run into disagreements when it comes to parenting styles and decisions. It can be especially hard when your children are difficult to discipline in times of need. A marriage counselor not only acts as a mediator for parents when deciding what decisions to make but offers guidance and tools on how to better communicate and find what works best for them both.
- Financials: Talking about money can be hard. When there’s a change in job or loss of a job, your income can be affected negatively. Being tight on money or not properly spending money can put a huge strain on couples. Your marriage counselor can help you look at the bigger picture and decide what actions you need to take in order to work together to resolve the issue.
As mentioned before, these are just some of the reasons why a couple may seek the support of a marriage therapist. Luckily, our marriage counselors at Thriveworks Counseling have the tools and skills needed to help you work through even the toughest of concerns.
Ready for Help? Schedule a Marriage Counseling Session at Thriveworks in Norwalk
The little things can either make or break a marriage. Everyday interactions make a huge difference. Simple things like affection before heading out to work or a ‘thank you’ for making dinner can show the love and appreciation you have for your partner. When spouses are ready to take an honest look into their marriage and work towards making a positive change, a marriage therapist can help you improve your relationship.
Are you ready to reach out for help? Thriveworks Counseling in Norwalk, CT is open and ready to help in any way we can. We have appointments available daily, including weekends and evenings. You can set up your appointment through our online booking system or by calling (203) 433-3563 where you will be connected with a scheduling specialist. If you have any additional questions about our services, explore our website or give us a call.