Whether you’ve been together 5 months or 50 years, marriage problems aren’t uncommon. However, just because many couples experience challenges doesn’t mean dealing with conflict is easy or should be taken lightly.
If you’re struggling to move past a disagreement or overcome other differences in your marriage, Richmond couples’ counseling is a great idea. Think of it as a great investment in the future happiness of both you and your spouse!
Riding the Ups and Downs
Of course, it’s normal for relationships to have their ups and downs as time goes on. Some days you’ll be reminded of why you fell in love with your partner, while at other times you may feel like you’re just two people living under the same roof without any “spark.”
Are you experiencing more lows than highs lately? These can often creep up, especially when a relationship has previously been quite happy. Whether the frustrations have accumulated over time or are caused by a specific issue, Richmond, VA marriage therapists and psychologists can offer the support you need to bring positivity back into your relationship.
Myriad Marriage Issues
Our experts can often help partners achieve resolutions on common matters such as:
- Worrying about infidelity
- Managing anger towards a spouse or children
- Failing to communicate effectively
- Disagreeing about child rearing
- Arguing over finances and budgeting.
In fact, more than 97% of people recently surveyed by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists reported they were successful in receiving the help they needed from a trained counselor. 93% of those people shared that seeing a therapist equipped them with more effective tools for addressing potential future issues.
If you and your partner are dealing with a unique situation, Richmond, VA marital therapists can still offer you the sensitive, non-judgmental insight and support you seek. Whether you’re frustrated over a spouse’s video game addiction, feeling lonely because your partner prefers to travel frequently with his or her friends or are unsure of how to respond to a sexual request, the professionals at Richmond, VA can apply their insight and expertise to help address what’s at the heart of your concerns.
Why Attend Richmond, VA Marriage Therapy?
Are you still feeling unsure about whether seeing a couples’ counselor can honestly help you and your partner? Here are a few specific benefits of investing in marriage therapy:
- Professional counselors are experts at helping you move ahead when you feel stuck
- Counseling is a great choice when couples know what’s wrong, but not how to fix it
- Regardless of the outcome, participating in counseling is excellent if you feel you want to give your marriage another chance
- Therapy can help you and your spouse develop better problem solving and communication skills
- Attending counseling can help you gain a deeper understanding of who your spouse is and what motivates him or her.
In addition to these great benefits, Thriveworks Richmond Counseling also offers to help clients through the Gottman Method. This specific method aims to help you and your spouse better understand each other’s needs, work together to improve problem solving skills, grow your admiration and affection, and better manage conflicts. Our Level 1 Gottman-trained therapists help their clients address common marriage concerns by performing a thorough assessment and using research-based interventions to achieve their goals. If you are interested, just call and let our scheduling team know when you set up your appointment.
Achieving a Managed Outcome
Unfortunately, sometimes divorce is the only option. Despite their best intentions or wholehearted participation in therapy, partners may on occasion come to realize that a breakup is the healthiest choice they can make.
Some sources are quick to remind people that upwards of 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce, but the fact is that statistic has remained fairly constant for approximately thirty years now. What is changing is the stigma that was once associated with divorce.
It’s not that fewer marriages are successful; rather, more couples are willing to admit when they’re struggling and seek help to try and resolve the matter. Also, more people are feeling empowered to move on if a relationship isn’t working out, rather than staying together just to keep up appearances.
Perhaps you haven’t yet attended therapy, but you and your spouse have made the decision to separate. You may choose to try Richmond, VA couples’ counseling in order to resolve your issues and go forward in the most positive light possible, for the sake of yourselves and your children. Many spouses no longer wish to be together, but still have respect for one another.
Or, you may come to see a counselor and realize during your sessions that divorce is the right choice. If that’s the case, a caring and pragmatic therapist can provide assistance to help you work through it for a less acrimonious outcome.
Divorce isn’t where anyone expects their marriage to wind up, but working through your issues in a safe, supportive environment can make your separation easier, especially if you have property to divide or will be co-parenting children.
Get in Touch
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you and your partner are considering Richmond, VA marriage therapy. Our counselors have experience with a wide range of circumstances and are keen to help.