1. I feel like my marriages in real trouble. What can I do? Don’t put it off. It is fairly common now for married couples to get some professional help. Don’t be afraid to admit that there is a problem. It is best to start seeking for a solution as soon as you sense the first signs of an impending problem.
2. How are marriage and family therapists different from other mental health professionals? Marriage and family therapists are formally trained in various models of therapy in order to prepare them for work with families, couples, individuals, and groups, in issues especially concerning family and marriage. They are qualified to provide mental health services. This kind of therapy aims to render significant improvements in relationships emotionally and physically. The field of marriage and family therapy is recognized as a core mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
3. My husband is against going to a marriage and family therapist. How can I convince him? Male spouses are more commonly opposed to the idea of marriage interventions, especially when the term “therapist” is used. Our society also holds the mistaken belief that only those with a mental illness can benefit from therapy. Explain to him that we all traverse normal and expected phases in life, each posing challenges and possible pitfalls. The family may need special support to make necessary changes and adjustments. Therapy can help ameliorate problems, strengthen relationships, and prevent problems from getting out of hand. Emphasize your need to reconnect with him and how this can make a big positive impact on your relationship with your kids, too. If he still refuses to go, then don’t force him. Give him time to think things over.
4. Is it really necessary to take my wife out on a date every week? We have tons of household chores to do and piles of bills to pay! Don’t get lazy about your relationship with your spouse. Marriage is like a financial investment. If you stopped putting money in your savings account, then you shouldn’t expect to find much money in it. Marital relationships need a regular investment of time and effort—and yes, may cost you a heap sometimes—to reap more positive outcomes. Most good relationships require a lot of work. It takes a daily investment of time, communication, and really being there when your partner needs you, to have a great marriage.
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