Silver Spring, MD Marriage Counseling – Couples, Relationships Therapy
The divorce rates among Western societies, and the US in particular, are very high – it is estimated that almost 50% of all marriages end in separation or divorce. Relationships completely free of all conflict are almost unheard of and the majority of people will over time experience varying degrees of trouble with their relationships. Whether one is looking to prevent a divorce, improve his or her relationship or facilitate an amicable separation – professional guidance in the form of couples or marriage counseling can be of benefit.
Making the decision to attend marriage therapy can be tough for many married couples – here are some considerations which might help you make up your mind:
- Serious problems affect your relationship and there is no easy way to resolve them. These can include infidelity, sexual dissatisfaction, poor communication, an inability to reconcile fundamental principles and life expectations (e.g. having kids) or financial disputes.
- Simpler and less severe, but often equally damaging, difficulties have developed over time – for example, you and your spouse have grown indifferent towards one another or your repetitive petty arguments regularly grow into bigger disputes.
- You have noticed that the long-term discord within your marriage has started to seriously undercut you and your partner’s happiness, as well as physical and mental health.
Marriage Therapy – What Is It, What Is It Not?
Marriage and couples counseling is a form of therapy designed to improve communication, teach conflict resolution skills and help couples work towards a happier relationship. Counseling will not provide simple remedies to all marital problems – a counselor is an impartial intermediary who facilitates the resolution, but does not dictate the terms on which it should be achieved. Partners are encouraged to reach conclusions of their own.
The counseling sessions often last between 45-90 minutes, depending on the therapist, as well as on the wishes of his or her clients. There are no fixed guidelines on the duration of marriage counseling – some couples will observe an improvement already after a few weeks, whilst others will need longer to see the progress.
Most marriage therapists will focus on teaching their clients how to keep their emotions under control, become better listeners, communicate with each other in a productive manner and prevent conflict intensification.
Marriage Therapy At Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD
Here at Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD our experienced marriage counselors offer support to people at all stages of their relationship. As a result of our broad experience, we have come to understand that there is no single ‘best’ approach to a successful marriage therapy. All of our sessions are tailored to ensure that our clients’ needs and expectations are met.
Finding a solution to your marital problems is possible – Thriveworks Silver Spring is there to help. So why not call us today to arrange your first marriage therapy session.