Knowing what we need, what we fear, our dreams, and how to express our emotions to our most significant other is the cornerstone of making meaningful connections. Research suggests the "how" of communication is just as important as the "what". Believing another person is listening to you and understands you is equivalent to feeling loved. There are styles of communicating with your partner that really can make all the difference!
Couples with meaningful connection are proven to have more peaceful, healthy lifestyles. We also know that strong marriages are the foundation of strong families. Creating a secure bond with your partner is not only possible, it's necessary for healthy living! Yet, strong emotions and stresses have a way of interrupting our ability to bond with another person. Marriage counseling can help you remove the barriers and strengthen your most important relationship!
The discovery of a spouse being unfaithful can create a response in the hurt partner that is similar to people who've lived through other traumatic events. While there might be multiple reasons given for the betrayal, there are definite steps that are a must in order for recovery to take place. Healing is possible.
Why It's Important to Choose the Right Therapist for Your Marriage
Because marriage is one of the most, if not the most important relationship of our adult lives, nothing can be more vital than ensuring it is as strong as it can be. Whether we disconnect through infidelity or other conflicts, the support we seek in helping us repair the bond is equally important. Make sure you research the experience of any potential therapist to whom you entrust the precious work of marriage counseling. Individual therapy and couples' therapy are actually very different in nature. Couples' therapy requires a deeper understanding in how the lives of two people (their pasts, their current emotional worlds, and their "relational roadmaps") intertwine.
The work I do with couples is largely based on discoveries made in what is called "attachment theory", enabling me to create a most accurate understanding of why two people are struggling to connect.
In addition, all of the therapy I offer is trauma-informed. Trauma experienced by one or both spouses, whether before or during the marriage will have a profound impact on the connection. Many therapists either specialize in helping individuals heal from trauma OR specialize in couples' therapy. Few combine the two. Trauma-informed therapy ensures this impact is addressed thoroughly.
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There are certain marital issues that are counterproductive to this format, though it is an option for certain couples who find themselves in a state of "Marriage ICU". Sometimes the traditional counseling hour is not sufficient for couples who need to unpack the emotional turmoil of the relationship. Whether it be the discovery or disclosure of infidelity or gridlocks in communication that have shut down healthy living, the marathon session can provide time to effectively "stop the bleeding", restoring the couple to enough effective function until further healing can take place.
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