This article is a guest post.
If couples counseling conjures up images of people on the brink of divorce making a last-ditch effort, think again.
Counseling isn’t just for married couples having issues. In fact, you don’t necessarily need to be romantic partners at all to benefit.
Here are some examples of non-cataclysmic situation that can be helped through counseling.
Making Major Life Decisions.
Perhaps you and your spouse are thinking about starting a family. This is a big step, and it’s a life-changer.
Maybe one of you has just received a serious medical diagnosis. Events like these can throw anyone for a loop. Having someone who’s trained to help you develop communication and coping skills can help you avert a crisis and make decisions with more clarity and less emotion.
When There’s a Major Lifestyle or Background Difference.
Love is love, but relationships that may have social, economic or other issues attached test even the strongest commitments at times.
Counseling can help couples who have a large age difference, are from different cultures or same-sex couples gain strength and handle issues like social pressures or bigotry, and come through stronger and more untied than ever.
Imagine meeting the child you gave up for adoptions or the parent you never knew existed. These are situations where meeting with a couples counselor can help you resolve issues like resentment and uncertainty, and rebuild – or create – a bond that was broken.
Are you in terminal conflict with a co-worker or immediate relative? Couples counseling can take the same principals of effective communication and dispute resolution and apply them to non-romantic situations as well.
Coping With Positivity.
Believe it or not, sometimes good new can be stressful and difficult to deal with. How would you handle a major upheaval like sudden wealth or a trajectory-changing job opportunity? Counseling can help you through potential minefields that may seem like a walk in the park on the surface.
Counseling doesn’t have to be scary, and you don’t need to think it’s over if your partner suggests it. Think of it as a safe space where you can have an objective sounding board to help you see new perspectives or keep your already amazing relationship going strong. Talk to a licensed couple’s counselor near you to learn more.