A group marriage retreat can be a boon to your relationship. By providing a safe place for both parties to share their thoughts and feelings, many see a marked improvement in how comfortable and intimate they are with each other; in fact, 97% of couples who underwent couples therapy said they received the help they needed.
However, that doesn’t mean that one weekend away from your everyday life will fix all of your problems; it is merely a starting point to better communication and understanding between you and your partner. Here are a few reasons why you should attend a follow-up couples counseling appointment if you’ve just returned from group therapy or a Christian marriage intensive retreat.
You will reinforce everything you’ve just learned.
There is no “quick fix” to a relationship; anything that’s worth doing takes time to do right. By following up with a psychotherapist, you’ll be able to continue the conversation with your partner. Only by practicing the skills you’ve learned at home can you see the benefits of therapy.
Both parties will be able to discuss how they felt it went.
Whether you experienced Christian marriage therapy or a group retreat, it can be hard to know how you feel about something when you’re in the middle of it. Attending a follow-up counseling session will give both parties an opportunity to truly step back and consider the past few days; any issues that may arise can be discussed with a professional rather than in the uncontrolled home environment.
You will receive tools to help you in the future.
Therapists are uniquely equipped with knowledge that will support you later on, as all the new things you’ve learned truly begin to sink in. They may even have ideas to improve communication after the fact, such as the app Love Nudge; it follows the principles of The Five Love Languages and acts as a fitness app for relationships, helping couples engage with each other so they can experience love more deeply. Without the follow-up appointment, you may end up stuck again down the road.
Counseling services can make a huge difference in your relationship, whether you’re seeking Christian marriage therapy or family therapy. If you and your partner are committed to getting the most out of your time and effort, follow-up appointments are a must.