Dr. Robin Shultz is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Marriage Counseling can be helpful in addressing all types of difficulties that come up in a marital relationship. If both, or even just one partner is willing to work on things, relationship changes can and do, take place. One myth that exists is that both partners need to attend therapy in order for marriage counseling to occur. While this is the ideal, it often takes just one committed partner willing to work on him or her self to initiate the change process in a marriage. In cases such as this, an initially reluctant partner often decides later to join therapy.
How Marriage Counseling Can Help
Marriage counseling can help with differences that exist between partners around individuality and togetherness, communication, hobbies and interests, unresolved family of
origin issues, parenting, how to handle finances, level of influence in the decision making process, and desire for sexual or emotional intimacy, to name just a few. Sometimes other challenges arise that create an immediate and unexpected crisis in a marriage such as an affair, an illness, ongoing substance abuse, or awareness of an addiction. Often times, people can look very different on the outside but in reality, are “mirror images” on the inside.
What this means is that both people may be looking or yearning for the same thing, but don’t know how to ask for it.
Whatever the problem you are dealing with, we can help you learn how to turn the challenges you face into opportunities for growth. For more information about Marriage Counseling, contact us online or call Dr. Robin Shultz, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CADC, CTRS at 630.828.6305.