Marriage counseling is a useful and trusted way to deepen the bonds that connect you to your partner, or to resolve issues in a positive, meaningful and sustainable way. Most couple wait an average of six years before seeking professional help with their martial dissatisfaction – a very long time to suffer distress, alienation, and loneliness.
Our marriage counselors in Shelby Township use scientifically-proven, progressive treatment methods to help couples understand the unique dynamics and issues of their relationship; these methods hold a 90% success rate in positively resolving marital issues.
Sign 1: Poor Communication
Once communication has deteriorated, recurring “vicious cycles” of conflict and arguments can take over to the point that distressed couples often complain “we keep having the same arguments over and over”. Negative communication and withdrawal can be equally detrimental. At Great Lakes Psychology Group, we urge couples to seek professional help when they aren’t able to talk about their problems in a mutually respectful, beneficial way.
Sign 2: Lack of Intimacy or Incompatible Sex Drives
Changes in the levels of and expectations around intimacy can create major problems in a relationship. Reasons for a lack of intimacy are many and nuanced; things like medication, work stress, life changes, depression, and more can affect individuals differently. At Great Lakes Psychology Group, we understand and seek out the reasons that cause a lack of physical expression, and work to get both partners to a point of compassion and intimacy that works for them.
Sign 3: Inability to Forgive or Move Past Issues
Traumatic relationship events, such as an affair, can be emotionally catastrophic to a marriage. Great Lakes Psychology Group helps couples navigate the emotions and reasons for becoming stuck in the past, and helps to get both partners to a place of healing and forgiveness.
Sign 4: A Reoccurring Issue
Recurring issues can happen for a variety of reasons, and are usually accompanied by poor communication. The counselors at Great Lakes Psychology Group are skilled in developing plans for couples to focus in on what’s causing the problems, and solidifying techniques to keep the problems from occurring in the future.
Sign 5: Finances
Disagreements over money are one of the top reasons couples find themselves in conflict. By contacting a counselor at Great Lakes Psychology Group, couples can talk to an objective third party about their frustrations and concerns in a caring and confidential environment.
Sign 6: Kids
Children add a complex layer to any relationship- in fact, research has shown repeatedly that 75% of couples reports diminished marital satisfaction following the birth of their first child. Seek counseling at Great Lakes Psychology Group if you have frequent disagreements about parenting styles or how your children should be raised.
Sign 7: Missing the “spark”
If there is a lack of communication, conversation and intimacy or any other elements the couple feels are important and they feel they just “co-exist,” this indicates emotional alienation and detachment that is highly predictive of divorce.
All marriages require work, but when one or both partners start to feel emotionally disengaged the marriage becomes highly vulnerable to further deterioration without outside help. At Great Lakes Psychology Group, those couples willing to commit to the process of marriage counseling find themselves developing a deeper understanding of their partner, their needs, and their individual expressions of love. Marriage counseling is the perfect way to remind each other why you fell in love and keep it that way- contact Great Lakes Psychology Group today to get started building a better, happier marriage!