Does Marriage Counseling Work?
The answer to this is entirely dependent on a variety of factors, including the willingness of you and your partner to grow, the severity of your marital problems, and how well each of you respond to marriage counseling. Statistically the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, reports that 97% of people surveyed said they received the help they needed. 93% of them said they had more effective tools to dealing with their problems.
How Long Does Marriage Counseling Take?
Unfortunately, marriage counseling does not lend itself to predicting with any precision the number of sessions it will take to meet your/our goals. Our mutual objective is to meet your goals as soon as possible. Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa Fl. & Brandon Fl. feels that to get the greatest results it will take from 9 – 12 months. There is usually a lot going on when clients come in for marriage or couples counseling. It will take some time to undo the negativity, resentment and trust issues that clients usually first come in with.
When Should We Start Marriage Counseling?
The sooner the better. Marriage counseling works better for couples who seek help early. As a general rule thumb, if you are currently considering marriage counseling, you would most likely benefit from it. As with many things in life, if a couple waits until their marriage problems are too advanced, or one person has already given up on the relationship, saving the marriage can prove to be difficult. Therefore, best results are more likely when a couple seeks counseling as soon as possible.
Is Marriage Counseling Right For Us?
This question does not have an easy answer. There are so many variables to consider, and far more than can be mentioned here. However, when working together with a skilled counselor, chances are the desired outcome will be achieved.
Understanding and accepting what makes our partners unique is the foundation to a functionally dynamic and ultimately a stronger relationship. Premarital counseling helps you as an individual and as a partnership to develop the skills to be prepared for the challenges with cultural differences, remarriage, step parenting, age differences, intimacy, geographic relocation, educational differences, blended families, single parenting, finance/money management and more.