When I first started my practice, I remember reading a statistic about divorce that I found shocking. And that was that 40-50% of all marriages in the United States ended in divorce.
According to recent surveys, however, the divorce rate in the U.S. fell by 18% between 2008 and 2016. While everyone has their theory as to why the rate is falling, the theory among therapists is that it is because marriage counseling actually works, and more couples are giving it a try.
If you and your spouse are experiencing difficulties, here are some reasons why you should give marriage counseling a try:
One of the biggest benefits of seeking counseling is having help seeing negative behavioral patterns, whether those patterns are yours as individuals and/or as a couple. Healing can only begin once patterns have been recognized.
A therapist is not like a friend or family member who is going to take sides and hand out potentially harmful advice. Marriage counselors have a track record of dealing with all sorts of marital issues and want to understand what’s going on so they can offer the best strategies for healing.
A Safe Space
Marriage counseling offers both spouses a safe space to be completely open and honest with their feelings. If not delivered in the right space, complete honesty can have adverse effects. Counseling offers a safe environment in which no one is ever judged.
A Place to Rebuild Trust
Trust is the bedrock of every relationship. But when that trust is broken, as it is through infidelity, it is hard to put the pieces back together. Marriage counselors have years of experience dealing with issues of infidelity. Counseling explores different ways to rebuild trust one step at a time.
Bringing Out Toxic Emotions
Did you know that trapped toxic emotions are one of the main reasons marriages break down? When you have feelings of anger, resentment and frustration locked deep inside you, they fester there and make matters worse. Counseling offers the space and opportunity to let these emotions out in healthy, respectful ways.
If your relationship is on the rocks right now, divorce is not your only solution. Thousands of couples have been helped by marriage counseling and it’s worth it to you both to give it a shot.
If you’d like to explore counseling, please be in touch. I’d be happy to discuss how I may be able to help.
Rosemary Scheppske is now offering Weekend Couples Retreats & Intensives in both our Davie and Wellington offices. This workshop is ideal for married and premarital couples seeking to improve their relationship at an accelerated pace. Couples who seek this workshop may be experiencing repetitive and frustrating conflict over the same issues, feeling distant and disconnected, or feeling stagnant but desiring to grow into a healthier couple. Learn more about the Weekend Couples Intensives here: https://caringtherapistsofbroward.com/weekend-couples-intensives/
Couples Counseling in Florida
Hello! I’m Rosemary, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, in Davie, Florida. I enjoy working with couples to offer hope while helping them achieve their goals.
With couples, I am trained in level 3 of the Gottman method to help build the foundation of a new relationship or strengthen a seasoned relationship.
I am knowledgeable and trained in the Enneagram, a personality tool used for growth and development. This can be used in therapy to increase a person’s strengths, become aware of growth areas, and use that information to manage mental health challenges. It is even used to help partners communicate better and become closer when both are aware of their personality type.
My goal is to create a compassionate space for each person to feel safe pursuing health, healing, and personal growth. Also, in my clinical experience and my own life I find spirituality to be a source of strength in difficult times. I am happy to provide Christian based counseling as requested.
Learn more about Rosemary here: https://caringtherapistsofbroward.com/staff/rosemary-scheppske-lmhc-therapist/