Some Things Are Always Worth Saving | Couples Counseling in Okemos, MI
Our couples therapy approach includes learning new methods of communication that reduce conflict and foster increased intimacy.
The foundation of a successful, long-lasting relationship is learning to become better friends, manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future.
Suggested guidelines for choosing a marital counselor:
Make sure your therapist has received specific training and is experienced in marital therapy. Marital therapy requires very different skills than doing individual therapy. Couples therapists are needed when two people live under the same roof. They need to know what makes a marriage tick. A therapist can be very skilled as an individual therapist and be clueless about helping couples change. For this reason, ask your therapist about his or her training and experience.
Make sure your therapist is focused in the direction of finding solutions to your marital problems rather than helping you leave your marriage when things get rocky. Feel free to ask about the therapists’ feelings about the point at which s/he sees divorce to be a viable alternative. Your therapists’ response will be very revealing.
Feeling comfortable and respected by your therapist is essential. It's important to feel that they acknowledge and understand your perspective, feelings, and goals.
The therapist's personal values about relationships sometimes play a part in what he or she does and is interested in when working with you. Since there are few universal rules for being and staying in love, if your therapist insists that there is only one way to have a successful marriage, find another therapist.
Make sure you and your partner set concrete goals with your therapist early on. If you fail to do so, each week will pass with no clear direction. After setting goals, make sure that your time is spent working towards achieving them. If progress isn't made after several sessions, address your concern with your counselor.
Know that most marital problems are solvable. Human beings are amazing, and they are capable of doing great things, particularly for individuals that they love.
Most importantly, trust your instincts. You should feel that your therapist is helping, and if you think that they're not, consider what changes need to be made.
Our mission is to help each person reach the goals they have set for themselves and progress in their personal growth. We work with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. We enjoy working with a broad spectrum of social and cultural diversity. Our professional staff includes licensed psychologists, clinical social workers and counselors. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start on the path to a life that feels better.