Have you ever tried to lose weight? Those pounds sure don’t come off as quickly as they hopped on, am I right? You may be asking what on earth weight loss has to do with marriage counseling. Great question! Let’s break this down.
The deterioration of a relationship is a process that gradually occurs over time. For example, if you sweep issues under the rug instead of dealing with them, unhealthy feelings begin to develop. Over time, these feelings can result in resentment, anger, and isolation. Once you’re in counseling, it is going to take time to unravel the hurt, get to the root of it all, and implement strategies to prevent the situation from happening again. Just as the problem evolves over time, resolving the problem will take time. As you can imagine, unraveling issues and learning new concepts is not going to have a fix-it-quick answer, much like gaining and losing weight.
The purpose of marriage counseling is to help each partner understand the needs and wants of the other. Another important focus is helping you communicate effectively. Healthy communication creates an environment where you can feel safe sharing the easy and the not-so-easy topics. Trust will flourish, and the bond between you and your spouse will inevitably grow stronger. The key to this end result, however, is the willingness of you and your spouse to put the time and the necessary work into the process.
How long marriage counseling takes depends very much on the issues you and your spouse have, how much work you are willing to do, and your mutual desire to repair the relationship. If you are looking for marriage counseling in Huntsville, AL, Boaz, AL or Jacksonville, AL, Garrett Counseling can help. We have experienced marriage counselors with available appointments to get your marriage back on track. Call (256) 239-5662 or reach us by clicking here.