benefits of marriage counseling

The Benefits of Marriage Counseling with a Professional Therapist

In the current economic climate, anyone is susceptible to being affected by stress or frustrations, and Orange Country residents are no different. In a marriage or relationship, these pressures can build resentment leading to unhappiness and marital discord. Those looking to save a marriage or improve their relationship, owe it to themselves to try marriage counseling with a Newport Beach professional.

A marriage counselor or psychotherapist can help you enhance a healthy relationship or assist in processing and resolving marital problems in therapy sessions, as a couple together or individually, which are uniquely developed to your goals. Since few of us are fully equipped with the relationship skills needed to overcome difficult interpersonal conflict, a therapist can help each person develop these skills so that in couple counseling sessions, they begin to cooperate on rebuilding and improving their relationship.

How can Marriage Counseling improve or save my marriage?

  • In a ‘safe’ and neutral environment with an impartial and educated therapist, you will learn to assertively communicate your needs and grievances in a non-offensive tone, without anger or fear of retaliation. You will also learn to use active listening to ensure your partner feels acknowledged. These are essential communication skills.
  • In order to resolve conflicts in a healthy manner, you might learn how to have productive arguments and problem-solve together. These conflict resolution skills can alleviate present issues or be used to slowly process and diffuse unresolved or volatile issues over time.
  • Setting ground rules, expectations, immediate and future goals with your couples counselor can build a foundation for a happy and healthy relationship in after marriage counseling.

Marriage counseling is often short-term, where couples attend a few sessions to help get over a crisis – or some couples need a long-term commitment to rebuilding a greatly deteriorated relationship with continual maintenance. The length of treatment will depend on the situation. Making the decision to see a marriage counselor is tough and the process can be difficult. But rather than silently cope with an unhappy situation, couples therapy can help you healthily cope, resolve or dissolve a troubled marriage.

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Chris B.5.0
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Kids are always hard and as a parent it's not always easy to see objectively what is really going on. Jennifer helped me talk through challenges/issues with my oldest son that were running through my head. In the end she provided me a solid perspective to build on and because of that I have been able to manage the situation much better. Easy conversation and very helpful.
Ravenna S.5.0
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Jennifer is such a wonderful and genuine therapist. She is extremely kind and understanding. She comprehends couple and mental health problems precisely. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is seeking help.
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Jennifer is such a wonderful and genuine therapist. She is extremely kind and understanding. She comprehends couple and mental health problems precisely. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is seeking help.
Timothy 5.0
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I have been seeing Jennifer De Francisco for about a year, and she has helped me so much with the unhappiness I thought would never go away. Jennifer’s compassion and empathy made me feel safe enough to open up and talk about the uncomfortable feelings I didn’t even know were causing my sadness. With Jennifer’s help, I am now aware of my negative thoughts. Instead of avoiding them, I can work through them. She has helped change my life.
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It was tough when we first started with Jennifer , but through difficult conversations and understanding some of the causes of how closed off we were to each other, we worked through it and are in a good place. The idea that we could break up is the furthest thing from my mind now, and going in to work on our relationship was the best thing to do. One of the things that really helped was that I felt Jennifer really cared that our relationship worked and that we improved things between us. I think that is rare, and always helped me not give up hope.
George S.5.0
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I know people hate to hear this, but relationships take work, especially with kids and stress. I would suggest relationship counseling for any married couple, even if it were just monthly or when things get tough. We continue to see Jennifer after our initial problem because it keeps us on track. Best of luck to all couples looking for help- Jennifer is a wonderful resource.