It’s no secret that marriage can be tough. However, sometimes what can set a couple who can stand the test of time, apart from one that is doomed to fail is being able to admit that they have issues that need to be worked out.
While having an open line of communication with each other is extremely important in these cases, it may not always be enough to get down to the real heart of the problem. After living under the same roof with someone for years, many people come to believe they know anything and everything there is to know about their spouse. But far too often, this is not the case.
Marriage counseling is a great way to not only open up these dialogues, but to also get an outside perspective on how the situation is and should be handled. The professional counselors leading the couples therapy sessions can guide the conversation so as not to trigger any unnecessary controversy.
After working with a marriage or family therapist, research conducted by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists showed that 93% of patients stated they had more effective tools for dealing with their problems. Strangely enough, they also reported improved physical health, as well as the ability to function more efficiently in the workplace after completing therapy.
While some spouses may undergo individual counseling or therapy in an attempt to mend their marriage, having only one party present misses half of the story. This is why couples marriage counseling has proven to be such an effective alternative.
According to the Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, about 50% of the couples who had participated in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy had recovered their marriage upon termination of the therapy. About 70% reported recovering sometime within the following three months.
As an added bonus, when working with licensed marriage counseling or couples therapy services in lieu of a general psychologist or psychiatrist, patients will typically incur 20% to 40% less cost.
It’s better to seek out help now, rather than when it is too late.