Is marriage counselling really worth it?
If you’re thinking of giving marriage counselling a try, you’re likely wondering whether it’s worth the bother. That’s understandable; you don’t want to waste time, money, and effort on something that is probably not going to help the situation.
Does marriage counselling work? Like many things, it works for some but not for others. If you’re adamant about saving your marriage, however, you would be glad to note that statistics show high rates of client satisfaction. The odds of this option working are increased by certain conditions. For instance, chances of success may be dictated by the depth and gravity of marital problems and the couple’s response to the therapist’s techniques and approach.
If you and your partner want to go down this route, one of the most important marriage counselling tips you can apply is for both of you to be open to change. You can ensure that the odds are in your favour by not being defensive and, instead, being truly willing to explore solutions to your marital woes.
If you’re still on the fence on whether to go for marriage counselling or not, the following points may just finally convince you to go for it.
- Encouraging reported results. In a study conducted on families and couples who attended therapy sessions, findings state that 98 percent feel that they received good therapy and got the help they needed. 93 percent say that they were equipped with effective tools for dealing with problems. Resulting better physical health and work performance have also been reported.
- Cheaper than going to a lawyer. If you’re headed for the divorce courts, get ready for the massive fees and costs involved in separating, dividing assets and potentially paying lawyers. Professional marriage therapists can help you avoid the law courts and save huge amounts of money and expenditure in the long run.
- Your children will thank you. The truth is the majority of couple problems are fixable and if you have children, there will only be positive benefits for them if you can resolve your issues and continue your marriage. Your children may be too young to give you feedback right now, but later in life they will benefit if you can restore your love and maintain your loving family.
- The sooner, the better. Stop vacillating because studies show that counselling works better the earlier you seek it. Therapy can prevent hurts from being magnified and multiplied to the point that problems become too far advanced that one party may have already given up.
It’s important to keep in mind that the preservation of a marriage is not always the right solution. In some cases, divorce is the best resort, especially when two people are really better off apart than staying together and destroying each other and their children. Even when divorce is becoming a reality, marriage counselling can help you find a way to separate without damaging each other or your children’s future.
If your marriage needs help, contact Clinton Power + Associates for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your issue and find out how we can help. Call us now on 0412 241 410 or book your free phone consult online.
Clinton Power is a relationship counsellor and Gestalt therapist with over a decade of experience helping individuals and couples move out of relationship pain and create great relationships. Get Clinton’s FREE report: 10 Tips for Moving Out of Relationship Pain, by clicking the button below.