If you are experiencing conflict in your marriage, you are not alone. Here are the most common marital problems among couples:
Unresolved issues from the past
Unfulfilled relationship/partner expectations
If left unresolved, these problems may corrode the positive aspects of your marriage, which can eventually lead to divorce. Marital conflicts can also have an adverse impact on children. Therefore, it is important to seek marriage counseling before conflicts create lasting damage. Marriage counseling not only helps couples resolve conflicts, but also teaches partners important tools for creating a happy and successful marriage. If you are interested in couples counseling please contact us at 813-244-1251. We also invite you to visit our websites at http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com and www.affordablecounselingbrandon.com.
It is quite normal for relationships to go through periods of change and many couples are able to adjust and reshape their relationship as it evolves. It is also quite normal for relationships to become stuck during this process, especially during major life events such as having a child, changing careers, having financial difficulties, and going through changes in health. Couple’s counseling offers a great opportunity to gain clarity, learn how to work through challenges, and grow as an individual and as a couple. It is important to seek help as early as possible in order to learn the tools necessary for managing changes and to preserve your relationship. The journey may be difficult, but the rewards great.
Counseling approaches may differ by therapist. Some therapists may choose to see both of you individually for a few sessions in order to identify and address personal concerns relating to the relationship. This approach allows each partner the opportunity to feel completely comfortable in being open and honest about their concerns and goals. Other therapists may choose to work with a couple as a unit throughout the length of therapy. During joint sessions, partners will be able to discuss their concerns together and receive guidance in addressing current challenges as well as any challenges that may arise in the future. In addition, couples are usually assigned “homework” to do in between sessions. The work you’ll be doing outside of session is where the real change begins to happen because this will allow you both to put newly learned tools into action to improve your relationship!
Are you and your partner ready to explore the benefits of couples counseling? We invite you to call Star Point Counseling Center at 813-244-1251 where we have a team of talented therapists to help you.
Bill Hogan, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He received his MA from the University of South Florida and BA in Psychology from the University of West Florida. Since 1983, Bill has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is also a certified parent educator, practicum supervisor, and developer of mental health programming.
Bill was formerly the Program Manager for the Department of Children’s Services where he managed Tampa’s Haven W. Poe Runaway Shelter and residential programs for children with emotional problems and pre-delinquency issues. He has worked for almost 40 years with Children and Families at all levels from child caring, counseling, supervision, and program development. He has retired from program responsibilities and returned to family counseling and therapy as well as marriage counseling practices at Star Point Counseling Center in Brandon and Tampa, FL.
Bill is just one of the many therapists we have on board here at Star Point Counseling Center. We are happy to have him as a member of the team. For more information on our experienced and skilled team of therapists and interns visit our website at http://www.starpointcounselingtampa.com. Or, call Sam at 813-244-1251 to set up an appointment!