The answer is yes and no.
Plus there is a lot of press from major sources about how marriage counselling causes more harm than good.
- I practice Relationship Coaching, simply because it gets results.
- I have been doing this for many years and I am going to share with you my experiences.
What makes the difference is a few key factors in no particular order.
100% Commitment to the process is critical.
Many individuals go into the process half heartedly, and this slows progress or they remove themselves sabotaging themselves and their future.
In my practice usually a couple has made solid progress within 8-12 weeks. Many people who come to me after trying marriage counselling for 12-18+ months with little to no success.
Openness to learn about how we work
Many people are stuck in their beliefs about the world and how they and relationships should work. They have yet to realise that the meanings they give their world are purely perceptions based on their life experiences so far.
Understand their fears
People in relationship crisis fear many things and understanding these fears is critical.
Leverage is the key
Helping people understand the true place they will go if they carry on causing problems.
Understanding their distorted selves
Many people with problems have created distorted versions of themselves to cope with their lives. This act of rebalancing helps to create unhappy very tired versions of themselves leading to relationship stress, depression and anxiety.
Understanding polarity shifts
When a man has been brought up by his mother, or the mother has been dominant in the mother, father relationship, his model of how relationships should be can cause major problems in his future relationships. Especially if his partner has not had that same experience growing up.
Women can also shift into masculine roles to cope with fearful situations this can happen at any time of life also causing them problems as life will not feel how it should.
The sexes communicate totally differently
This is critical to understand. When we speak to the opposite sex in the context of our relationships what are they hearing? You may or not be surprised to know that whatever your intention it will not be understood.
So learning to understand the meanings behind your partner words is critical.
Does the relationship have a purpose?
Why are the couple together, where are they going and why. Many couple have no idea and so it’s not long before they feel lost and fearful.
Understanding each others critical needs
Human needs have to be met and more importantly those needs have to be supported by what’s most important to the individuals in the relationship. Failure to do this will result in the indivuals meeting their needs but still feeling unhappy. They may feel lost, alone or moving toward depression and relationship break-ups.
The more you understand each other the better your chances of keeping your relationship growing and passionate.