What’s keeping you away from attending marriage counseling?

29Jun '15

What’s keeping you away from attending marriage counseling?

As a couples counselor in the Minneapolis area, I know that sometimes, people in unhappy marriages stay away from much needed therapy because they are embarrassed to admit that they need help. As a result, their marriages remain stuck and the partners continue to be unfulfilled.

I’ll let you in on a secret:  All relationships—even happy, healthy ones—take work! There is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. Couples counseling really can help you to reinvigorate a struggling relationship.

Deciding to come to couples counseling doesn’t mean you are weak or incapable. In fact, making the decision to come to counseling often requires a tremendous amount of strength— it also involves admitting that you have a problem, which is often the hardest part. To be successful and find solutions, you need to be willing to talk about your experiences and feelings, but with the help of a good therapist this isn’t at all as difficult as you might imagine.

In my practice, I excel at putting couples at ease so that they can talk comfortably about their experiences and feelings. I like getting to know my clients, learning your stories and helping identify the sources of conflict and pain. I work with couples in a direct and respectful manner to address your main concerns. Throughout the process, I will support, encourage, and challenge you to develop new tools and skills to help you connect on a deeper, more intimate level.

So despite any hesitations you might have about seeking relationship counseling, it’s important for you to realize that making the decision to come does not signify weakness, inability, or the end. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed—it means you’re willing to start the process of repairing and reviving your relationship… and that’s a success.

If you are ready to take steps to move into the kind of relationships – and the kind of life – you really want, call or email me to set up a free phone consultation or to set up an appointment. I look forward to talking with you!

2 Responses to “What’s keeping you away from attending marriage counseling?”

  1. Suzie G says:

    I sought services from Sarah at a time in my life when many family-related events and circumstances hit me hard. I was very anxious and my life was out of balance. Sarah provided a calm, reassuring, level-headed approach to reclaiming that balance. She was compassionate and professional, and I began to feel better very quickly. I continue to be very grateful that I worked with her, and would highly recommend her!

  2. Ben N says:

    Sarah REALLY helped me and my fiance get through some rough times. I was hesitant at first, as I’m not the kind of guy that goes to therapists. After trying 2 previous therapists and hating them, I promised to try one more. And thank God I did. Sarah has been extremely kind, thoughtful, insightful and helpful. Thanks to her, we’re now married and doing better than ever. I can’t thank her enough! Highly recommend her!

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