Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage…it’s a beautiful union. Then why is it so hard?
What is Marriage and Family Therapy?
Marriage and family therapy is a psychotherapy treatment that addresses the relational system of the family. It addresses the behaviors and interpersonal relationships of family members. It helps the family unit and each individual understand how their psychological state affects the people around them.
Marriage and family therapy is also referred to as couple and family therapy, couple counseling, marriage counseling, or family counseling.
Why use a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Each of us is created with a specific and unique DNA that is only used one time. No one else is exactly like you. And with that, comes different personalities, characteristics, and temperaments.
Even our brains process differently from others. We have different backgrounds and upbringings. . There is a chance our spouses’ culture, beliefs, morals, values, dreams and hopes are different from our own.
In addition, you have those who grew up in a wealthy home and those whose families struggled.
Finally, the difference between a male and a female.
With all the differences we just talked about, it is no wonder that we struggle with our marriages. There are so many obstacles that are in our way and can lead to an unhappy marriage.
That is why it is important to have tools and skills to know how to communicate, and how to resolve conflicts so as to work through the challenges that threaten marriages and families today.
Marital therapy can help you and your spouse in a number of ways but it is important to seek help early.
Many couples come to therapy after five or six years of marital distress. This can often be too late to create the turnaround that you are looking for.
What does a marriage and family therapist do?
While traditional psychotherapy treatment addresses the individual’s behavior, marriage and family therapy provides relationship counseling in the context of how the individual’s behavior affected both the individual and the people around him. It’s goal is to improve marital and familial relationships to better their interactions.
Here are a few ways our christian counseling on marriage can help your relationship grow stronger, thrive and grow.
- Help identify the toxic behavior patterns in your marriage and warning signs that you’d need marriage counseling
- Learn tools and strategies to change those patterns
- Recovering from addictions in the marriage. particularly sex and pornography addiction
- Gain new insights and perspective about your relationship
- Learn ways to develop a greater intimacy and connection
- Help in healing after an affair
According to American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Nearly 65.6% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions, 87.9% within 50 sessions. Marital/couples therapy (11.5 sessions) and family therapy (9 sessions) both require less time than the average individuated treatment (13 sessions). About half of the treatment provided by marriage and family therapists is one-on-one with the other half divided between marital/couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments.
Finally, even if your marriage is going well it can help to have occasional periods of “tuning up”.
If you are struggling in your marriage, make the decision now to fight for your marriage. In relationships counselling, timing is everything! Don’t wait for issues to be resolved on its own nor wait for the time when one or both husband and wife are ready to throw the towel.
Cornerstone Counseling of Palm Beach provides christian counseling on marriage and family in a comfortable environment. Our team is waiting and ready to walk with you on the journey to a long, happy and fulfilling marriage.
Check out the services page for other ways we can help.
If you would like to begin marriage & family counseling now, call us today at 561-472-0397 or request your first appointment. You can also schedule a time for a free consult below. Simply choose two times, and our trained coordinator will fit you with the therapist that is best suited for your needs.