It may seem that marriage counseling consists of sitting with a therapist and hashing out your issues in the open. However, true marriage counseling is much more than that. There are many different and unique counseling techniques that you and your counselor can use for the best treatment possible. If you are in the middle of counseling, or you are looking for counseling available to you, here are some of the unique techniques you may be able to expect during the course of your sessions.
The Love-Mapping Technique
This technique, also known as the Gottman Method helps you and your spouse build love maps for one another. This allows you to discuss each other’s stresses, happiness, hopes and more. You will get an in-depth look at your partner, instead of what is just at face value. Love-mapping is fun, engaging and completely helpful during counseling. Not only will you learn more about one another, but you will see the true identity behind your marital struggles.
This type of therapy and technique involves heavy emotion and the emotions of your spouse. It is focused on creating new emotional responses to conflict by using repositioning. It has been known to improve 70-75% of marriage struggles that enter into counseling. Although emotionally-focused therapy can seem a bit raw, it can strengthen what brought the two of you together in the first place. Your therapist will guide you in this therapy and you won’t have to do it alone.
This method of marriage counseling involves your therapist watching as you communicate with your spouse during a conflict. Your therapist will gain insight into where communication barriers are happening and how to solve them. They can also see where miscommunication is happening and can perhaps steer the wheel during the conflict. Your therapist is trained to see miscommunication and will be a perfect fit for you and your spouse to practice healthy communication.
Sometimes, it may be beneficial for both of you to have separate counseling sessions to learn more about the issues that are causing the conflict. This can help you and your therapist pinpoint hurts and pain in your past that may be finding its way into your relationship. Individual counseling can be highly beneficial prior to couples counseling as well.
At Insight Child & Family Counseling, we offer many different options for you and your spouse. Give us a call today at 972-426-9500 to discuss your needs. Or visit us online at www.j9n.83e.myftpupload.com for more information and free resources.