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יום שישי טז תמוז התשעט 19.07.2019

Marital Counseling

 

Man cannot live without Woman, and Woman cannot live without Man, and they cannot live together without the presence of God.” (Jerusalem Talmud, Brachot 62b)

A good marital relationship is not a luxury, but a vital need for an individual. A good marital relationship is important for the emotional and physical health of the individual, and it enables both partners to best express themselves in the world. But like all good things, this requires investment and encouragement in order to flourish. This encouragement is composed of love, healthy communication, appreciation, and mutual respect.

Many couples undergo crises during different periods of their marriage. A crisis can develop during a transitional period for the family, such as a birth, or around different challenges that the family must cope with. Sometimes it is the routine which takes a toll on the relationship, and the members feel that they have ceased to be a significant source of support for one another.

Marital counseling is a branch of psychology which has been investigated and developed over decades by researchers and therapists around the world. Recent research reveals that the majority of couples who have entered marital counseling report an improvement in the relationship with their partner. Marital counseling is appropriate for all couples, at any age, and at all stages of marriage.

 

How long does Marital Counseling take?

Most marital counseling is usually short-term, between ten to twenty meetings. When the therapeutic goal is clear, such as consultation regarding a decision to wed, the number of meetings can be agreed upon prior to the beginning of therapy, and as few as three to six meetings can be sufficient. In other instances the treatment will be long-term, sometimes a year or more, when working on a conflict that has persisted for many years, or a crisis regarding infidelity. When one of the members of the couple exhibits very little motivation to initiate change in the relationship, there may be no point in continued therapy. In any case, the duration of therapy for each couple is determined by individual needs, as part of an ongoing discussion between the therapist and the couple.

 

What do you do when only one member of the couple is interested in therapy?

Obviously marital counseling is more effective when both members of the couple are interested and participate. Nonetheless, it is possible to conduct marital counseling with only one member present. This is not the same as regular individual therapy; the therapist focuses on the marital relationship, and the improvement of quality of life as a couple. Experience shows that over time, the therapist frequently brings the second member of the couple into therapy, sometimes even initially unwillingly. Successful therapy requires motivation, but experience shows that in many cases the motivation increases as the therapy progresses.

 

 


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