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Online Marriage Counseling:
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Marriage Counseling can be beneficial in exploring the recurring and uneasy cycles of conflict between distressed partners. It allows couples to develop a deeper understanding of each other and improve their relationship. Marriage counseling with a professional counselor can give couples the necessary tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, address conflicts and even argue in a healthier manner. Online marriage counseling is effective, easily accessible and can be taken from the comfort of your home.
What Is Marriage Counseling?
Marriage Counseling, also known as Couples therapy is a safe space for couples to talk about how they really feel about each other. It typically brings couples or partners together to work through their issues with the help of a trained and qualified psychologist. The core purpose of couples counseling is helping partners learn more about each other and acquire healthy ways to strengthen their relationship. This includes communicating openly, problem-solving together and discussing differences rationally.
Marital counseling differs from individual counseling. In individual therapy, the therapist works only with the individual who experiences difficulties. However in marital counseling, the therapist may work with both partners individually as well as in joint sessions. Individual sessions are used to understand each partner’s personal aspirations and patterns and joint therapy sessions help the therapist to understand and explore the interactions and communication patterns of the partners. To know more about the differences between the two types of counseling: Couples Counseling vs. individual Counseling.
Some Common Issues Marriage Counseling Can Help You With
Physical & Emotional Infidelity
Physical infidelity involves one or both partners having a physical relationship with someone outside the marriage, either once or multiple times. Emotional infidelity occurs when one partner becomes romantically connected to someone else, often sharing intimate conversations. Infidelity may end a relationship and break trust, but it can be recovered with help. Both partners can reconcile and work through the issues.
Being in a relationship where there are differences of opinion is normal and healthy. However, having frequent arguments that are critical and abusive, or going completely silent after arguments and leaving issues unresolved, can seriously harm a relationship.
Falling Out of Love or Growing Apart
After years of marriage, some couples no longer engage with each other as they used to at the initial stage of their marriage and often feel like they are coexisting. With time, some couples lose connection and intimacy and feel that they have outgrown each other. each other. This often leads to partners feeling distant from each others, and questioning the purpose of marriage. They may also face sexual difficulties, differences in expectations related to sex, or lack of sexual desire. Couples therapy can be beneficial in rebuilding the lost connection.
Divorce or Separation
While couples counseling can be beneficial for partners who are willing to improve the relationship and be together, it can be equally instrumental if the partners want to assess separating from each other or ending the marriage. A therapist with their skills and training can bring an objective and unbiased perspective for the couples considering a divorce. A therapist can even support the couple in ending the relationship with acceptance and compassion, if that is what the couple has decided
Marriage counseling also helps with conflicts pertaining to finances, children, parents, unmet emotional needs, physical intimacy and so on.
How Marriage Counseling Can Improve Your Relationships
You can improve understanding of yourself and your partner.
When in a difficult relationship, we are often too distressed to understand not only the opposite person but even our own behavior. We often experience this when, for example, we have a sudden aggressive outburst and later on wonder what led to it. Hence, this is one of the first steps towards a healthier relationship.
You can gain insight into each other’s personality differences, needs and expectations.
This of course is understandably a core benefit. Often in a troubled marriage, conflicts occur not because we do not intend well, but because both partners have different emotional needs. Our needs and expectations are active all the time. It is essential for us to appreciate each other’s needs and also understand where incompatibilities arise. Although our key focus is the relationship, addressing self-growth and self-enhancement in each partner is inevitable as achieving comfort with oneself is the first step towards achieving comfort in relationships.
You can develop better communication skills.
Successful communication is when the sender and the receiver of the message perceive the same intent behind it. It often becomes difficult to achieve this when we are in a state of conflict. This further impacts the relationship negatively. At Inner Space, we therefore focus on active listening, assertive communication and other such skills. Moreover, we coach both partners to communicate effectively even during an argument, to prevent escalation of conflict.
You can learn problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies.
These strategies are coping skills that enable one to manage the situation better when either one person is undergoing a negative emotion or has incompatible expectations. Reducing catastrophisation and introducing more objectivity into the situation often relieves a good deal of stress in itself. In sum, we do our best to help both partners envision the healthy relationship they want to be in and work towards creating and sustaining it.
How Does Online Marriage Counseling Work?
Relationship Counseling is conducted over the clients’ preferred online medium, such as video conferencing services, or phone call. Irrespective of the medium, therapists ensure your safety and privacy while you use these services.
Flexibility in timings
Easy access to more therapists and services
Ensured safety, confidentiality, and quality of services
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The Benefits Of Opting For Marriage Counseling
No marriage is ever entirely smooth sailing. Sometimes the problems are overtly present from the beginning of the marriage, sometimes they surface after years of being together, or as a result of unexpected stresses. Whatever difficulties that your relationship is facing, almost all couples can benefit from marriage counseling.
It can be of huge benefit to any relationship, regardless of the nature or severity of your problems. With the help of a professional therapist, couples can learn to manage conflict, improve their bond and create healthier ways of being with each other. Research shows that the positive impact of couples counselling can last for years.
How We Can Help You Find The Right Counselor
The search for the right counselor can be a tedious task. Our therapists at Inner Space have a Postgraduate Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. They are qualified to help you and your partner identify any differences or areas of conflict. By using explorative and compassion-centered strategies, we work towards building more connection and understanding between partners.
At Inner Space, our process begins with understanding your difficulty briefly and matching you with the therapist on the basis of the challenges or concerns that they can help you with. So, a couple with relationship difficulties will be matched with a therapist who is trained in this area.
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FAQs for Marriage Counseling
Yes we work with all couples.
Couple counseling works for the empowerment and healing of both partners in the relationship. A counselor does not give suggestions, but instead helps the partners to make healthy choices for themselves and create an opportunity for a healthy life going forward. When the partners are able to work on themselves and recognize the needs and patterns in the other, it helps a relationship to move forward in a more understanding and smoother fashion.
Marriage counseling helps couples identify their underlying relationship dynamics that are getting in the way of them having a happy and healthy relationship. Often both individuals in a relationship bring their own personal baggage and expectations to a relationship. These are usually either not communicated well, are unrealistic or are associated with a great deal of emotion due to one’s past experience. A marriage counselor can help the couple to identify the difficulties and communicate with each other in a way that is less detrimental and hurtful and more beneficial.
We have been taking online marriage counseling sessions for several years and have found them to be quite effective. Online marriage counseling is often a combination of some individual sessions taken with each individual in the relationship and some joint sessions taken with the couple together. The individual counseling sessions help a person to speak freely and help the therapist gain better insight into an individual’s perspective and difficulties. The joint sessions are used to present the relationship patterns and dynamics for both individuals to see, understand and act upon. The joint sessions are used to help understand each other.
Like any other therapy, a timeline cannot be set for marriage counseling too. It depends on the depth and intensity of the difficulties, the emotional situation of the couple and how motivated one or both persons in the relationship are to take therapy and work on their issues. In order to know whether or not marital counseling is helping you, at least a few individual and joint sessions need to be taken. There is always a way ahead which is healthy and positive.
Yes. It is definitely ok and usually quite helpful. As therapists, we often find that one individual from a couple is motivated to take therapy and work on the relationship whereas the other individual is resistant, does not believe in therapy or denies that there is anything wrong with the relationship. In such cases, it is always more helpful to come for therapy alone to explore, understand and process your own emotions and to get insight into how to deal with the relational space better. It is important not to get disheartened simply because your partner is not ready yet.
One of the key benefits of marital counseling is that it provides a space to process emotions enough to be able to realistically address the interpersonal issues. Often there is a great deal of hurt, sadness, blame, anger or resentment when relationship expectations are not met. It is very difficult to make helpful decisions when one is in a state of such intense emotions. Marriage counseling, especially individual sessions with the therapist, allow for processing and managing such emotions and seeing ones needs and expectations in a clearer light. When the emotional intensity reduces, there is more clarity about what is needed to address the issues in the relationship..
Another benefit is improved clarity about the reasons for the partners feelings and behaviour. When this is better understood, blame and anger are reduced.
Finally, communication between the partners gets better with therapy and their ability to speak honestly, respond authentically and allow vulnerability improves which brings them closer.
If things are really well, there is no need for regular marital therapy. However, sometimes if there are some difficult emotions that you become aware of or there are recurrent small rifts between you and your partner, you can take a therapy session just to understand yourself better and process the emotions. A marital therapist is trained to help you gain a deeper perspective on your personal and relational difficulties. Such a trained perspective is always helpful.