Signs Your Family Would Benefit from Counseling – Part 3

Welcome to the third part of our mini blog series on the benefits of Alabama marriage and family therapy and how a marriage and family therapist can help you and your spouse achieve harmony and happiness in your home. If you have missed either of the first two, you can find them here and here. One of the reasons that second marriages, especially those with kids from the first marriage, don’t succeed are because of the busyness of life.

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How Family Struggles Affect a Marriage

The previous blogs in this series discussed family counseling and blended family counseling. However, the foundation of your family is you and your spouse. The stronger your marriage, the more successful you will be at parenting, co-parenting, and running things smoothly in your home.

Everyday family tasks, activities, and responsibilities can very easily divert family members into a robotic rushed rut where you are each running in every direction trying to check things off the list. Kids have practices and games. Parents have meetings, work, and social events. Kids have birthday parties and playdates. In the midst of all this, mom and dad need their alone time individually, as well as date nights and time for intimacy.

A full plate depletes your energy and increases stress. These two things alone are enough to create friction between a husband and a wife. Before you know it, tensions rise, bickering ensues, and you wonder how you got there. A marriage and family therapist is trained for just these situations and can help you and your spouse!

Family Counseling in Huntsville with Garrett Counseling

Time goes by quickly. Don’t let little things build up until they become big issues. Look into a marriage and family therapist in Huntsville, Boaz or Jacksonville, and find the love, joy, and harmony you once shared in your marriage. If you are ready to take the first step call us at (256) 239-5662, or follow this link to complete a short contact form.


Three Reasons for Premarital Counseling Services

Although more common twenty years ago than today, premarital counseling is still a requirement at some churches prior to marriage. However, research has shown that participating in premarital counseling services has many positive benefits. Couples who participate in premarital counseling have a lower divorce rate. If you’re getting married and are not required to have counseling prior to your wedding, we have three reasons you should consider couples counseling anyway.

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1. Improve Communication Skills

When you and your partner talk with a counselor, it gives them insight to your communication style. As a neutral third party, they evaluate what you both say without any emotional attachment. From this vantage point, premarital counseling services can help you understand each other better and bring to light things that may become an issue in the future that you might not even be aware of.

2. Address Issues Known and Unknown

Premarital counseling services are a great way to get a counselor’s expertise on issues that you and your future spouse have before they become more serious issues down the road. Maybe you disagree on how money should be handled and don’t realize it yet. Have you discussed what responsibilities should belong to whom in the home? What about a timeline for when or if to have children? Being proactive and working through any issues, big or small, is a great way to establish a firm foundation for your marriage.

3. Plan Your Future

In addition to a counselor helping you work through issues, they are also a great asset for helping you plan for the future. Your counselor can help with strategies to achieve your joint goals. Premarital counseling is the ideal place for you to discuss personal expectations and what your vision of a successful marriage looks like.

Take the First Step to a Healthy Marriage

At Garrett Counseling, we take pride in helping couples become the best versions of themselves. It’s our hope that you have a happy and successful marriage for decades to come. Click here or call (256) 239-5662 to schedule your couples counseling session with one of our skilled premarital counseling professionals.


The Stress of Differing Parenting Styles

Chances are you and your spouse didn’t have a conversation on how to raise your children before their birth or conception. Typically, one just uses the parenting style based on how they were raised. Due to the fact that not everyone is the same, it is quite possible the two of you have different views on how the upbringing should go. If this has created some rifts in your relationship, don’t fret. There is help! Many couples find that marriage counseling in Oxford, AL, is the help they needed to resolve their differences.

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Exploring Common Styles of Parenting

How you raise your children has a significant impact on their self-esteem, confidence, decision-making skills, and much more. You have an extremely important job at hand. Although parenting doesn’t come with a manual, researchers have identified four parenting styles, and they explain how the different approaches could impact your child. Let’s take a look.

  1. Authoritative – A style where the parent has rules and consequences but also consider their child’s opinion. While maintaining a clear understanding that the parent is in charge, the child’s feelings are validated. Oftentimes, an authoritative parent uses positive affirmation to reinforce good behavior.
  2. Authoritarian – This style of parenting leaves little to no room for any opinion from the child. The child follows the rules, “because I said so,” and decisions are made without allowing any input from the child. An authoritarian parent tends to use punishment rather than measures to prevent unfavorable behavior.
  3. Permissive – The permissive parent will set but not enforce rules. The child begs to be freed from their punishment or gives puppy dog eyes, and the permissive parent caves. Wanting to be the child’s friend more so than a heavy-handed parent, this parenting style can lead to behavior issues down the road with the child.
  4. Uninvolved – Pretty self-explanatory. This parent doesn’t ask questions about the child’s friends, school, or extra-curricular activities, and they spend little to no time with their child. This basically leaves a child to fend for themselves and without question leads to serious issues with the child.


Contact Garrett Counseling in Jacksonville

Working through issues outside of the home with a marriage counselor can lead to happier marriage, better behaved kids and happier ones too. Don’t trust the future of your family to just anyone. Choose Garrett for your marriage counseling in Oxford, AL. Click this link to request an appointment or message us any questions you have, or call (256) 239-5662 today!


Signs You Could Benefit from Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling is not just for those who are struggling in their relationship. It can also be used as a tool to strengthen the relationship between you and your partner. Whether you’re looking to improve your relationship or you and your spouse are struggling, we are ready to provide you with marriage counseling in Huntsville, AL.

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Reasons for Therapy

Every couple will experience conflict. How you manage that conflict is key. Counseling is not about pointing fingers, but rather getting to the root of the issue and bridging the gap of communication. Marriage counseling can be helpful for a number of issues including the ones listed here.

  • Financial issues
  • Infidelity
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Parenting conflicts
  • Communication
  • You have grown apart
  • Increased or constant arguing

If you and your spouse are struggling with any of the above-mentioned issues, it’s time for marriage counseling in Huntsville, AL.

What to Expect

Typically, counseling sessions will be a joint venture. Occasionally, the counselor may want to meet individually with you or your partner, but working together is the best way for the therapist to observe and assess interactions between you both as a couple. Be prepared to deal with some difficult topics and face raw emotion. The only way marriage counseling can be truly effective is if you are willing to be completely open, honest, and do the hard work. Keep in mind that the four walls of your counselor’s office is a safe place, and it’s okay to show emotion. Get mad. Cry. Let it all out. It may not be easy, but your marriage is worth it.

Compassionate Marriage Counseling in Huntsville, AL

If you are looking for marriage counseling in Huntsville, AL, Boaz or Jacksonville, call us today at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form by clicking here. Our team of compassionate counselors are standing by waiting to lead you and your spouse into a healthier, happier marriage. Don’t delay. Call today!


Is it Time to Consider Marriage Counseling?

Are you arguing constantly? Finding it impossible to talk to your spouse? Or maybe you don’t even recognize who you’re married to anymore. If this describes your relationship, you should consider marriage counseling.

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Here Are Some Signs

Every relationship is going to have its arguments, ups, downs, and curve balls. However, if not dealt with appropriately, the unresolved issues will layer one on top of the other until the marriage implodes. Listed below are some signs that indicate your need for marriage counseling.

  • Being indifferent to your spouse. You don’t really care if your sex life is struggling, or you give in to your spouse to avoid confrontation. A great example of being indifferent is like you’re living with a roommate, each living separate lives.
  • Most (if not all) conversations turn into arguments.
  • You’re fighting about the same things over and over.
  • Secrets are being kept from your spouse, or you are lying to one another.
  • Infidelity, whether physical or emotional.

What Every Relationship Needs

There are essentially five key factors in healthy relationships. As cliche as it may sound, communication is absolutely key. There’s a difference between hearing what your spouse is saying and understanding the context of what your spouse is relaying to you. Trust, respect, boundaries, and support are also major players in keeping your marriage alive and thriving. When you feel heard, understood, respected, and supported, confidence in your bond grows. It becomes easier to be vulnerable and discuss issues knowing you’re in a safe place. Stressors of anxiety and insecurity dissipate when trust is present. As you and your counselor work to unravel the misunderstandings within communication through marriage counseling sessions, your relationship will begin to thrive.

Garrett Counseling Center

Make today the first day of a healthier relationship by contacting Garrett Counseling for an in-person appointment at one of our three convenience locations, Boaz, Huntsville, or Jacksonville. Teletherapy appointments are also available. Click here to complete our online form, or call (256) 239-5662.


Family Counseling Services

family counseling servicesFamily counseling services help address issues within the family that involve children and parents. It is designed to work with family members together rather than individually. Some of the issues addressed include things like financial issues, child/parent conflict, or even substance abuse and its effects on the family. The main goals of family counseling are improving communication among family members, understanding your family’s circumstances, and helping solve problems.

Couples Counseling

Everyone has heard of marriage counseling, which usually refers to an attempt to repair a marriage. Less commonly discussed, but falls under our family counseling services,   is couples counseling. It’s normal for couples to argue. However, arguing puts significant strain on relationships. Counseling helps you and your partner communicate and work through why you are irritated, anger or at odds with one another. Couples counseling can help heal wounds and set you back on a healthy journey rather than offer a temporary fix with no lasting results. Couples counseling is a way to help prevent a rift in a marriage that could lead to marriage counseling.

Parent/Child Relationship Counseling

Wouldn’t it be great if parenting came with a manual? Unfortunately, it doesn’t and one of the most common family counseling services we provide is between parents and children. Our counselors have decades of experience and vast skill sets to help you and your child navigate the tumultuous transitions through childhood and adolescent years. Sometimes all it takes is some teaching in communication skills and understanding your child (or vice versa). Children do not have the comprehension of an adult, so their thought processes come off to adults as skewed. In reality, they are doing the best with what they have.

Other Counseling Services

In addition to family counseling services, there are many other areas our experienced therapists at Garrett Counseling Center specialize in. Some of these areas include blended family counseling, grandparent involvement, guidance/career, and Autplay therapy. For any questions regarding specific types of therapy or to schedule a consultation, contact us by clicking here or call (256) 239-5662. We are conveniently located in Huntsville, Boaz, and Jacksonville.


Couples Counseling Isn’t Always Marriage Counseling

Have you and your significant other lost that spark? Have there been circumstances that have damaged your trust? Before you call it quits, consider an attempt at repairing your relationship through couples counseling. Studies have shown that the rate of effectiveness in restoring a relationship through couples counseling is 75 percent.

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Couples Counseling V. Marriage Counseling

The focus in marriage counseling are the events of here and now. Present day issues are front and center of getting the marriage back on track. Couples therapy also addresses present day concerns, but it goes a step further. What lies in the history of both individuals that results in an unhealthy pattern of relating? Uncovering past experiences or relational patterns is key in discovering where and how the healing needs to begin. You can move forward much more productively in a relationship when you understand what’s behind a certain behavior or pattern.

What to Expect in Couples Counseling

The first goal in couples counseling is to get to the root of the problems. To accomplish this goal, the counselor will need to meet with both clients individually so they can get to know you on a personal level. The content of these sessions can range from early childhood to teenage years through young adulthood. What was your family dynamic? How did your family members handle conflict? Was there any abuse? These few things among an endless list of others are very personal but important pieces of information the counselor can use in your counseling sessions as a couple or individually or both.

The next goal in couple’s counseling is to set goals and to ensure that each party knows why they are seeking counseling. As we all know, goals take time to achieve. To attain success in your counseling, you will need to commit to regular sessions for a period of time.

Are You Ready?

Contact our Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville location for more information on couples counseling. We can help with both couples counseling and marriage counseling. If the issue lies deeper, our experienced professionals can guide you through the past and on your way to relational success. Fill out our contact form or call our Huntsville office today at (256) 239-5662.