Many women dream of the perfect relationship with their perfect match. However, anyone in a committed relationship could probably tell you it’s not always easy. It even can be hard work to keep it together at times. But you don’t need to be in utter marital turmoil to seek out the counsel of a marriage therapist. Many happy partnerships use couples counseling and therapy to enrich their bond and increase intimacy.
However, if you are going through a rough patch, you may be experiencing feelings of disconnect with your mate, disappointment, you may fight a lot, have communication issues, or just avoid each other completely. If one spouse is unwilling to engage in therapy to try and help get over the hump, you don't need to live in silence; you could still choose to seek out support. Here are some questions you may be asking, and some things you may discuss with your doctor or therapist:
• Communication problems
• Sexual difficulties
• Conflicts about raising children, or blended families
• Substance abuse
• Financial problems
• Domestic abuse (don’t be afraid to seek emergency support from a shelter or police)
This information is not meant to be a replacement for talking with your doctor or a licensed therapist or counselor. Talk with health care providers to get the full picture for your particular case.
www.mayoclinic.com Marriage Counseling
www.aamft.org AAMFT Consumer Update Marital Distress
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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.