Marriage therapy aids with identifying problems that have affected a relationship. A counselor will get to know each spouse on a personal level. Then, they will work to unveil the problem or problems that have caused a conflict. Upon identifying a conflict, a timeline will be introduced and a couple will be assigned some activities that will strengthen the bond between the two individuals.
The Introduction To Therapy
A marriage counselor will not automatically know what type of problem is present, even if the couple in crisis verbalizes the issue that they think is causing a conflict. First, a counselor will ask some probing questions that will help them get to know each client. They may ask each client about their childhood, their interests, their career, and the manner in which they met their significant other. This baseline information will help a counselor learn about the personality type of each client.
The Identifying Issues
A particular problem may seem to be what is causing a conflict but later be discovered to be just one part of a larger problem. Marriage issues often involve a lack of communication, financial stress, pressures from outside sources, or a lack of intimacy. A counselor will hold routine meetings with a couple. They will build upon the information that they have already acknowledged about the couple. It may come to a light that a particular action triggered a negative response from one or both people who are part of a couple.
This initial moment may be the foundation of the marital problem. A counselor will identify the problem that they have discovered and will introduce some ways that the couple can salvage their marriage. A timeline may be presented. This timeline will encompass a realistic amount of time in which progress should be made to strengthen the marriage.
A counselor may assign some tasks that they would like a married couple to complete. The tasks may involve going on dates with one another, journaling, setting aside some time for intimacy, or listening to one another speak candidly.
A counselor will discuss the outcome of the tasks during a subsequent therapy session. If any of the tasks are difficult for the couple to complete, the counselor will delve further into what is causing a barrier between the two people. Marriage therapy may be needed for several weeks, several months, or a longer duration of time.
For more information, contact a marriage therapy professional in your area.