Couples Therapy is seen by many as the begin of the end. However, using Worthington's (2007) Hope-Focusedcounseling model we awaken our clients to the meaning of change, why forgiveness opens doorways of hope, and how strengthening relationships creates pathways of restoration. Our hope is that those who enter counseling are ready to work on a solution to a problem; whether that involves a plateau in the relationship or recovery from a deep wound.
When a couple experiences any of the following issues, we are eager to help. · If negative communication becomes the standard. · This may involve verbal communication such as name calling or criticizing, or non-verbal communication such as abandonment or neglect. · If there is emotional or physical infidelity. Recovery from an affair is challenging, even with professional help, yet it is possible to develop a healthier relationship through the restoration phase. · When the couple is trying to survive versus thrive the marriage can turn into two adults coexisting without intimacy. · When values and beliefs begin to impact the marriage covenant. · Identifying commonalities in light of differences can be a significant challenge and may require new perspectives or thought processes.
Couples Therapeutic counseling can help a couples come together to make thoughtful decisions and consider new perspectives. We teach couples how to: · Make requests and complaints without criticizing; · Improve listening skills and still feel heard; · Take responsibility for behaviors and make amends; · Apply forgiveness skills while having effective boundaries.
Counseling helps by identifying healthy and unhealthy patterns of behavior, improving communication skills, and making a dedicated, ongoing effort to improve one’s self for the good of the relationship. If your heart is calling you to find change in your marriage, contact us today to learn more about how marriage counseling can improve your relationship.