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Marriage Counseling in NYC, NJ, FL

Marriages aren’t all storybook endings. Some end in divorce. But along the way, you both make decisions that affect your union. If you’re having trouble in your marriage — whether it’s due to money issues, infidelity or communication breakdown — you owe it to yourselves to try to work things out before the problems tear you apart. Online Psychiatrists — serving couples in NY, NJ and FL — offers marriage counseling services to help you not only save your marriage, but strengthen it. Call today.

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What Is Marriage Counseling?

A type of talk therapy or psychotherapy that involves couples in a committed relationship, marriage counseling guides a couple towards healthy conflict resolution. Part of the solution invariably includes learning more effective means of communication, which strengthens the bonds and creates greater intimacy.

Often provided by licensed therapists with extensive training, marriage counseling sessions are targeted and time-bound. Sometimes, there’s one driving issue that’s causing problems in the relationship. Other times, the situation is more complex. The sessions are designed to help you and your significant other work together to solve the conflict and save the relationship or whether the marriage should be dissolved.

Marriage counseling isn’t just for heterosexual couples in legally recognized marriages. Those in committed relationships as a couple, regardless of sexual orientation benefit from this approach to problem-solving. If you’re in Florida, New Jersey or New York, you can find a compassionate psychotherapist at Online Psychiatrists.

What Kinds of Issues Does Marriage Counseling Cover?

If you’re like most couples in a committed relationship, it’s inevitable for differences to create conflict and feelings of isolation. Many people have only family and friends as models for what worked and didn’t work in relationships. So it’s sometimes difficult if not impossible to navigate around frustration and develop proper communication tools. Marriage counseling helps you:

  • Recognize, understand and resolve areas of conflict
  • Learn effective communication skills
  • Understand the expectations and roles played by both parties
  • Find methods for strengthening the marriage
  • Develop ways to better understand each other
  • Discuss and resolve sexual difficulties
  • Find common ground regarding child-rearing
  • Support blended families
  • Seek support regarding substance abuse or alcoholism
  • Find healthier mechanisms for dealing with anger
  • Overcome infidelity pain
  • Get treated for domestic abuse concerns

What Should I Look for in a Marriage Therapist?

You can start your search by asking your physician or friends and family who’ve had therapy. Try your employee assistance program, if you have one. Don’t forget to check with your clergy, state and mental health agencies for recommendations. If you’re interested in faith-based counseling, Christian marriage counseling may offer their services.

Trust is a central part of the process. You will be discussing sensitive and uncomfortable subjects during your therapy. It’s essential to find a therapist who:

  • Understands your situation
  • Has a similar value or moral system
  • You both feel comfortable with

You may want to interview several therapists to ensure your comfort before making a decision. You should also check with your insurance carrier to understand what they cover, if anything. Before starting your sessions, research:

  • The therapist’s education and experience
  • The kind of treatment plans offered
  • What the required fees are
  • Other logistic issues

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What Can I Expect from Marriage Counseling?

Having both partners in the room with the therapist provides the most effective form of therapy. Occasionally, though, you each may have individual sessions with the therapist to work on specific personal issues. Your time and commitment to each other in sessions increases your commitment in real life. During the process, you’ll find methods for:

  • Safe conflict discussions
  • Increased and open communication
  • Rational discussion of differences
  • Effective problem-solving
  • Strengthening the good parts of your relationship
  • Acknowledging and reducing areas of weakness or conflict
  • Pre-marriage counseling, if appropriate

Forging new patterns of communication and conflict resolution will be uncomfortable at times. Some sessions may involve long periods of silence. You may argue. You may leave sessions still angry. That’s normal and part of the process. As you continue, you’ll experience breakthroughs that bring you closer together.

Your psychotherapist acts as a referee during arguments. You may have homework assignments outside of the sessions to enhance the communication skills you learn. It’s also normal to be in treatment for other conditions at the same time for conditions such as:

What Are the Results of Marriage Counseling?

Having both partners in the room with the therapist provides the most effective form of therapy. Occasionally, though, you each may have individual sessions with the therapist to work on specific personal issues. Your time and commitment to each other in sessions increases your commitment in real life. During the process, you’ll find methods for:

Admitting there are problems and taking steps to work on them often is the hardest part. Your therapist teaches you to focus on the issues and the solutions, rather than falling into an emotional well from which there is no escape. Learning healthy communication habits always provides greater benefits and satisfaction than ignoring the problems.At Online Psychiatrists, you get effective marriage counseling in NYC, NJ or FL. You have many options, including telepsychiatry or video conferencing. During these trying times in your marriage, consider taking the first step toward a more rewarding, insightful, healthy and empowering relationship. Contact the practice to set up an initial consultation.

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