Marriage counseling is an option for people whose marriages are struggling. Counseling can offer couples a safe and open space to talk about their problems. After therapy, you may find your marriage stronger than ever.
There are a lot of beliefs when it comes to couples therapy – not all of them are true. Here’s what you should know:
Myth #1: Any marriage counselor will do
Truth: You may have to go through several counselors before you find the right person to handle your marriage. Some therapists are better equipped to handle arguments while others may be able to handle adultery. You may also need to see individual counselors if your marital problems are complex.
Myth #2: You won’t have to go to marriage counseling forever
Truth: You may only need to see your counselor for a few weeks, but there may be problems in your marriage that take years to discuss. Some people may even go to couples therapy for their entire marriage.
Leaving therapy too soon may cause marriage problems to return. This can make it feel like there was no progress made in sessions.
Myth #3: Marriage counseling promises a better marriage
Truth: Marriage counseling can’t promise your marriage will be better after sessions. Counseling is a process that you and your spouse both have to work on regularly – otherwise, there may not be any progress being made. You may end up finding that marriage counseling only makes it clearer why you need a divorce.
If marriage counseling isn’t working for your marriage, you may need to know your options before it takes a turn for the worse. A divorce goes along much more easily when you understand your rights.