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When Should Married Couples Seek Therapy?

When most people think of couple’s therapy it is typically in the context of couples experiencing relationship difficulty seeking advice of a professional to work through their issues. A CNN article written by Ian Kerner took an in depth look at when experts say is the ideal time for couples to seek out therapy. Most couples start to think about seeking therapy after disagreements and disputes have been taking place for quite some time. Actually, waiting to seek the advice of a counseling professional is where a lot of couples make their biggest mistake. Most issues within a relationship start small and then eventually grow in size when they don’t get resolved. Therapy can aid these couples by providing them with tools and techniques to improve conflict resolution.

During the first therapy session couples can expect the therapist to focus on getting to know each individual, discussing the areas of the relationship they hope to improve and setting goals. Over time therapy can provide a safe space to talk about sensitive topics. Some of the life events experts have found it particularly useful for couples to seek out couples therapy to work through are:

  • Getting married
  • Becoming parents for the first time
  • Moving
  • Changing jobs
  • Losing jobs
  • Becoming empty nesters
  • Coping after extramarital affair
  • Recovering from addiction
  • Caring for aging parents

These are all examples of life events that can destabilize a couple’s equilibrium. Therapy gives couples an opportunity to negotiate these transitions with as little disruption as possible and to explore what the transition means to each partner. Of course, there are other factors that are used to predict its likelihood for success such as the willingness of each partner to attend the sessions and the qualifications of the professional.

The Faucette Law Firm, LLC represents clients in Atlanta in all matters related to contested and uncontested divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, modifications and adoptions. We have over thirteen years experience in guiding clients through these issues. If you are considering a divorce and want to know all of your options contact our law firm today for a consultation.

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