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What To Expect In Marriage Counseling




Rarely does a couple consider marriage counseling for a relationship tune-up.

Instead, couples call a marriage counselor when there is a relationship breakdown.

Emotions usually are running very high by the time a couple calls to schedule marriage counseling. The intensity of emotions and high levels of stress result in couples having many expectations about what marriage counseling can do and cannot do.

Marriage Counseling - Wrong Expectations


  • 1. Marriage Counseling - Unraveling Misconceptions



  • My marriage can be saved

Navigating the complexities of marriage often involves the hope and belief that a relationship can be saved through mutual effort and effective communication. However, there are instances where a marriage reaches an impasse, and one partner decides on divorce or separation—a right that deserves respect. In such cases, it's not uncommon for the decision-maker to secure alternative living arrangements. Seeking the assistance of a marriage counselor before separation can be beneficial, especially when children are part of the equation. Despite personal feelings toward a partner, having children together creates a lasting connection. Recognizing that your well-being, your spouse's well-being, and your children's well-being are interconnected emphasizes the importance of fostering amicable relationships post-divorce. The commitment to being the best of friends after separation holds significance, contributing to a healthier co-parenting dynamic and the overall welfare of all involved parties. The enduring responsibility tied to shared parenting underscores the lasting impact of decisions on familial connections, urging a thoughtful and empathetic approach to the complexities of marriage and its potential transformations.


The Framework of Marriage Counseling Rules


The foundation of regulations guiding your engagement with a marriage counselor stems from three primary sources. I make it a point to thoroughly go through these regulations during the initial intake session with couples, considering it a valuable practice to eliminate any potential misconceptions about what to anticipate.


  • Firstly, state government regulations play a pivotal role. These laws address crucial aspects such as mandated reporting and the specific conditions under which a marriage counselor must breach client confidentiality to safeguard vulnerable populations, particularly children.

  • The second set of rules is governed by licensing boards responsible for overseeing and administering regulations for counselors. In Georgia, the Composite Board of Counselors, Social Workers, and Family Therapists holds this administrative role.

  • Additionally, individual therapists adhere to distinct rules shaped by their training and theoretical perspectives. These guidelines further contribute to the framework that ensures ethical and effective counseling practices.

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