Whether you call it marriage counseling, couples therapy, or relationship counseling, it’s essentially the same thing. It’s an opportunity to bring an objective, fair, and compassionate perspective to the matters that are concerning you and your partner. It’s also an opportunity to address those matters in a format that is guided, productive, and leads toward a successful resolution.
As marriage counselors, we provide a safe space for couples to talk openly. We help couples to better communicate with and understand each other, gain a new perspective on their situation, and discover a way forward. And we work to keep sessions constructive and progressing toward a successful resolution.
Whether your relationship with your partner is currently experiencing some turbulence (or a lot) or you’re looking to strengthen your bond or prevent future issues, counseling can provide a meaningful and effective solution.
What Is Couples or Marriage Counseling, and What Can We Expect?
With more than 50 years of combined experience behind us, we can tell you that every couple we’ve ever worked with has experienced marriage counseling differently. That’s because every couple comes to therapy with their own distinct set of challenges and priorities.
At its core, marriage counseling provides couples with a neutral space to communicate, the time and tools to communicate effectively, and an experienced therapist to keep sessions productive and moving in the right direction. Beyond these key elements, every aspect of counseling is carefully tailored to address your unique circumstances.
Jeff Verrecchio and Mark Verber have helped thousands of couples throughout Camp Hill and the greater Harrisburg region to repair, renew and reinvigorate their relationships. And while we can’t guarantee a specific outcome to your situation, we can help you discover effective solutions and a way forward.
Knowing When It’s Time To See a Marriage Counselor
While some seek out counseling to enhance their relationship or mitigate potential issues, most couples don’t seek it out until they’re faced with Friction, Fracture or Frost. If you’re experiencing frequent clashes (Friction), a sudden change in your relationship (Fracture), or just a loss of warmth and connection (Frost), it’s time to take action… before things get worse.
There are many reasons why couples decide to work with a marriage counselor. The most common reasons include:
- Frequent negative communication or fighting
- You and your partner talk less, have awkward conversations, are growing apart or becoming indifferent
- A major life change is affecting the relationship
- Infidelity has occurred
- Disagreements regarding children, child rearing, or blended families
- Clashes or dishonesty about money
- Regular fighting about how you fight
- You view one another as the antogonist
- You or your partner lies or keeps secrets
- You and your partner lack intimacy
- You or your partner are experiencing sexual difficulties
- Substance abuse is harming the relationship
- You and your spouse are trying to avoid divorce (or make the best of one)
- Preventive Care: When things are going well or when improvements can be made.
Common Questions About Marriage Counseling
Will marriage counseling work for me?
Research has shown that roughly 70% of couples who receive counseling see positive results. But the reality is that there’s just no way of knowing how well it will work for you until you give it a try. And even then, your experience with one counselor may be quite different than it is with another. Nevertheless, finding an experienced therapist who you’re comfortable with can truly be worth the effort.
Is counseling in person or virtual?
We also understand that things can come up, and in-person sessions may not always be possible. That’s why we also offer remote counseling sessions via secure video chat.
How often should we meet?
The frequency of counseling depends on several factors, including the severity of your circumstances and the willingness of you and/or your partner to address issues in your relationship.
Are individual sessions recommended?
While counseling sessions normally involve the couple together, it’s not uncommon for one or both parties to meet individually with a counselor.
What if my partner isn’t interested?
Couples counseling works best when both partners commit to it. However, it’s not unusual for one spouse to feel reluctant. When a spouse is not willing or able to participate in counseling, individual therapy can still provide important help and guidance.
Take The First Step Toward a Better Relationship Today
Getting started is simple. Just call or message us.
We’ll briefly discuss your situation and answer any questions you might have. And if it makes sense, we’ll schedule an initial session. The initial session is an opportunity for you and your partner to get a sense of what it’s like to work with one of us, while we begin to understand your story and what led you here.
Schedule your initial consultation & counseling session now…