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Couples learn quickly before, during and after the wedding ceremony that marriage isn’t as easy as they thought. It requires hard work and commitment. After the blissful honeymoon-period, couples often realize that they are not as compatible as they previously thought. Or they encounter problems which they never thought would be an issue. Or the couple is unable to nurture their relationship due to things such as jobs and children consuming all their time. These difficulties are certainly not unusual and seeking the advice of a marriage counsellor may go a long way towards strengthening and even saving the marital relationship.
How Can Marriage Counselling Help Couples?
Marriage counselling is important for addressing marital concerns because:
Another important way marriage counselling can be helpful in strengthening the relationship is:
When Is Marriage Counselling Effective?
Like any other type of counselling, spouses must be willing to undergo marriage counselling. Ideally they must have decided for themselves that, instead of throwing in the towel, they wish to work on the marriage and address the problems that have arisen. Furthermore spouses must have realistic expectations with regard to the counselling process. A marriage cannot be saved overnight and it will take a couple of sessions to really get into the couple’s dynamics and initiate the process of change.
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