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Marital Therapy

Some conflicts are more difficult to resolve, and can involve such struggles as:

  • Differences in values or belief systems

  • Disagreements over finances and expenditures 

  • Distance over a lack of affection or intimacy

  • Struggles with sexual compatibility

  • The emotional wounds of infidelity

One of the primary goals of marital therapy is to help couples improve their communication with one another.  Through such, marital therapy seeks to help people better understand their own feelings and experiences, and express themselves in a more effective manner.  In turn, marital therapy helps people better understand their partner’ wants, needs, and concerns; and helps them learn to respond to those needs in a more appropriate and affectionate manner. 

Will my therapist pick sides?

A common concern with marital therapy is that the marital therapist will “pick sides” with one person or the other, or even “gang up” on the other person.  While this concern is understandable, the truth is that marital therapists seek to be a neutral referee, whose role is to help the couple improve communication and resolve conflicts in a healthier manner. 

Will I have to do individual therapy?

A frequent recommendation in marital therapy that one or both partners of the couple participate in individual therapy.  This is due to the common belief that you cannot have a healthy relationship without healthy individuals.  If recommended, your marital therapist can help you decide whether individual therapy would be best provided by the marital therapist or by a separate therapist.  There are advantages to both options.

What about reconciliation?

Even once in the separation or divorce process, some couples have second thoughts, and contemplate reconciliation.  In such cases, a marital therapist can help the couple explore the factors that led to the separation, address those factors, and work toward reconciling in a healthy and manner.

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