WHAT IS MARRIAGE COUNSELING?
It has been called many things. Couples therapy, marriage counseling, and relationship counseling, but what exactly is it? Marriage counseling, relationship counseling and couples counseling are all the same ; a form of psychotherapy designed to assist and guide adults in intimate relationships who are struggling with their communication, cooperation, sense of belonging, intimacy, and sex in their relationship among other concerns. We call them different things to be respectful of the many names and types of intimate relationships that people share with their significant others.
WHO BENEFITS FROM MARRIAGE COUNSELING?
Our Marriage Counselors will us couples’ therapy to help you:
When you aren't communicating.
When your interactions are mostly negative.
When you're scared to open up
When you are punishing each other by being mean to one another
When you don’t see yourself as a team
When you can’t be honest with each other
When you are having an affair or want to have an affair.
When you feel the only way to stay together is if your partner changes who they are
When you are not being intimate and not having sex.
In couples counseling, the relationship is the focus. our marriage counselors fully expect the individuals to be ready and willing to work on their personal self growth and self discovery in parallel to our couples' work. In fact, a marriage counselor at Naya Clinics will often act in the role of both a marriage counselor and an individual counselor, and see the partners separately for individual counseling as part of the relationship counseling process.
DOES MARRIAGE COUNSELING WORK?
In our experience as a marriage counselors , many couples are entirely unaware of their dynamics, how they talk to each other, how they look at each other, and how they come off to one another.
Even more importantly, most adults we see in couples counseling are oblivious to their own coping mechanisms, how they manage stress, why certain behaviors tick them off, and why certain traits in their partner drives them mad.
For example, take this quick relationship quiz. When you are fighting with your significant other, which of these coping mechanisms do they usually employ? fight, flight, flee, freeze, hide, or submit?
If you know the answer to this question, do you know WHY this is their coping mechanism?
Do you know a better way to approach them so that they do not need to use coping mechanisms when they are in a conversation with you? These are the types of questions we would answer together.
Ready for another relationship test?
What are 3 things you can do to instantly improve your communication with your significant other? Do you know what Mirroring is? How about validating? How about empathizing? These immensely useful and necessary skills and much more will be covered in the sessions.
How Marriage Counseling Will Help You
Our Marriage therapists offer relationship counseling for couples who want to experience exceptional intimacy and connection in their relationships.
Happy couples have one thing in common: they have a much higher ratio of positive to negative interactions on a day to day basis. That may seem like common sense, but if you take a closer look at your interactions with your significant other, is that the case for your relationship? I would bet good money that it isn’t if you are reading this page.
We will show you how to radically improve the ratio of your positive interaction and use that as building blocks for a satisfying and fulfilling relationship.
Unhappy couples have things in common as well. Their interactions are filled with four very distinct qualities:
Stone walling (turning a deaf ear)
We will guide you how to avoid these destructive tendencies, and how to turn these damaging interactions into what couples’ therapists often call positive emotional override, which is the building block of a happy and fulfilling relationship.
We use an avant gard tried and tested evidence-based marriage counseling approach combing our founder’s unique advancement Positive Existential therapy PET, with the immensely successful IMAGO approach for short term couples counseling. Our approach helps couples reconnect, but more importantly, stay connected.
Our unique approach draws on both cutting edge academic research and empirical evidence in clinical settings to bring you a results-oriented approach to marriage counseling that has helped thousands of individuals and couples regain balance and make their relationships nurturing, loving and successful.