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Choosing The Right Marriage Counselor Is Important

Feb 11, 2008
A couple during the course of their marriage, may experience several ups and downs. First of all, before choosing a marriage counselor, they must check if there is anything that they can solve by themselves. After all, if love can bring them together, sorting out issues can be handled. If after a while, and after spending time and talking to each other, they find that it is not working, then they may seek a marriage counselor.

It may be the right time to approach a marriage counselor when there has been absolutely no conversation around the house for several weeks. The issues could be various, from stress at work, financial issues or even trivial things such as late night outs by either of the spouse. A good marriage counselor can help build the relationship to how it had been earlier.

A marriage counselor is a licensed therapist who can help married couples, or even unmarried couples, sort out their differences. They will be able to see through the problem with a detachment, which will allow them to give them very fair as well as practical pieces of advice. They will help the couple maintain a very healthy relationship.

There are several factors that need to be looked into when it comes to choosing a marriage counselor. First one has to make sure that they are licensed. There may be therapists and counselors who are not licensed, and it may be a mistake going to them even if they are known to the couple, as they may be capable of giving complete advice.

Most marriage counselors will need training much in advance before they get into actual practice. To ensure that the chosen marriage counselor has indeed completed training, would be a good move. They should also compulsorily be a member of the American Association for marriage and family therapy. The places where they practice from is also important.

Many of them will have private practices, and their own clinics. They may also work in hospitals, exclusive mental institutions or in nonprofit organizations. A couple could also ask the counselor if he has had experience with the type of problems that they are looking at, and if he is capable of handling the intensity of the problem.

Each marriage counselor must at least spend an hour with each couple, and this must also be taken into consideration, besides the fees that they charge for each session. One main thing that the couple will have to ask the counselor is how much time they need to spend with him. Based on this they may choose the counselor, as the one who cares will take the needed time to sort out the issues.

In case of emergencies, especially if either of the spouses is going through depression of a severe kind, the counselor should available. The couple should also check if the counselor is available at good hours, so that they may approach him when they can. The family doctor could be of great help in referring a good marriage counselor.
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