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Is couples counseling likely to work for you?

When spouses begin to experience significant challenges within their marriages, their loved ones are likely to recommend couples counseling. For many Americans, couples counseling offers an opportunity to work through tensions, reconnect and solidify the foundation of one’s marriage. However, it is important to understand that while couples counseling may be truly beneficial for some individuals, it is not the best option for everyone.

Only you can truly know whether couples counseling is likely to be beneficial for your marriage. If you have an open mind about the process and your spouse is willing to open his or her mind similarly, the process may be beneficial for you. However, couples counseling only tends to work well if both participants are engaged in the counseling process. In addition, counseling may benefit some individuals who are concerned that they will always regret not taking this step towards “saving” their marriages.

With that said, individuals involved in violent marriages, emotionally abusive marriages and other toxic situations may benefit more immediately and completely from skipping counseling and moving straight towards restraining orders, divorce or both of these legal measures.

If you are involved in a non-abusive marriage but you are unsure whether or not you and your spouse are both committed to this process with truly open minds, you may want to evaluate whether you are both mature, empathetic, relatively flexible, honest and commitment-oriented. If these characteristics “basically” describe you both, couples counseling may be an excellent fit for you. Although, if you feel that your marriage is too unhealthy or unhappy to “save” you may wish to speak with a divorce attorney sooner rather than later.

Source: The Huffington Post, “10 Ways To Predict If Couples Counseling Will Save Your Marriage,” Becky Whetstone, May 6, 2015

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