Marriage & Family Counseling

The big question:

Why do I need counseling?

“Talk Therapy” offers many benefits: But even before the benefits it is important for you to know that to seek out counseling is a courageous act.

Also it is important to understand that “To be in therapy” does not mean you are “crazy.” Therapy is a way to seek healing. In fact, that is the meaning of the word “therapy” – “to heal” . Sometimes there is a brokenness in our relationships that we cannot heal ourselves. The therapist brings skills to healing the brokenness that helps the relationship to be made whole again.

The Counselor's Purpose

What does a therapist do with couples or families in the counseling session?

The Counselor's Purpose
Counseling offers the family or couple or even an individual the ability to uncover the pain that is an indication that there is brokenness present. Much like a broken arm signals the body that there is a problem, emotional or relational pain is a sign that there is a relational or "heart" pain that is not physical, but emotional in nature. Without a caring, objective therapist, the brokenness may not be able to heal properly. The therapist can identify where the brokenness is and give guidance to help the healing of the wound in the relationship.

 
 

The Spouse's Role

Why is it important to bring my spouse to the counseling session?

In marriage counseling the best way to repair the relationship that seems to be broken is to have both partners in the room together. The therapist can then observe where there may be "splinters" in the communication that need to be addressed and removed. Within the safe haven of the therapy session new ways to communicate may be practiced as the therapist acts as a "coach" in helping the couple find healing alternatives to making their relationship work.

 
 

Cost of Therapy

What does therapy Cost?

Perhaps another way to ask the question is "What is therapy worth to you?" Is saving your marriage worth as much as what it will cost to pay for a divorce? Why not invest in healing your relationship rather than increasing the pain of separation and divorce? In terms of actual dollars - The initial "assessment" session usually runs somewhat more than the follow-up sessions.

 
 

Medication & Healing

What If I need medication to assist in my healing?

Psychiatrists and Medical Doctors are important allies in the healing process. They will know best which medications will help. Most often, they will want you to continue to see a counselor as well, to continue your cognitive and emotional healing.