Providing individual, couples, and family counseling.
Areas of counseling includes:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Young Adult Support
- Grief Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Women's Issues
- Life Transition
- Conflict Resolution
- Pre-Marital Counseling (couples counseling couples)
- Marriage Counseling (couples counseling couples)
We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients' individual needs to help attain the personal, relational and spiritual growth they’re striving for.
Couples Counseling Couples
Mark and Trina counsel couples together. They are both Ordained Ministers and skilled in the Word of God. Scripture teaches two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not easily broken (Proverbs 4:9-12).
Couples or marriage counseling is offered to support people in relationship who may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. In couples counseling, the relationship is the focus, although each person should expect to focus on self-awareness and self-improvement.
When Is Couples or Marriage Counseling Recommended?
People in relationship seek counseling for any number of reasons, from power struggles and communication problems, to sexual dissatisfaction and infidelity. Though counseling is recommended as soon as discontent arises in a relationship, studies show that on average, partners will not seek therapy until they have been unhappy for six years. And yet, the more time has passed, the more difficult it may be to repair the relationship.
Expectations and Goals
Successful therapy depends on each partner’s motivation and dedication to the process, and couples can expect to become better listeners and communicators and to find new ways to support one another. Goals will be established by the couple under the guidance of the therapist, and in order to achieve these objectives, each partner must be prepared to acknowledge and understand his or her role in the relationship. It is not uncommon for conflict to arise within therapy sessions, but ethical therapists will strive to remain neutral and avoid taking sides.
While you’re planning your wedding, are you also preparing for your marriage? According to a survey published in the Journal of Family Psychology, couples with premarital education reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and experienced a 30 percent decline in the likelihood of divorce over five years.
The Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling
Creating positive marriage resolutions. It’s easy to get emotional when discussing heavy-duty topics like money, sex, and kids. An experienced counselor can help guide the conversation and prevent you and your partner from going off on a tangent, thereby losing focus and not accomplishing anything.
Learning (or improving) conflict resolution skills. If you’ve had some major tiffs or blowouts in the past (and who hasn’t?) then you both know how you tend to react during arguments, whether it’s wielding the silent treatment and pouting or yelling and name-calling. If you’re being honest with yourself, then there’s probably room for improvement. A counselor will teach you how to listen and communicate more effectively; more specifically, they’ll also tell you what to say (and not say) in order to reach a happy solution.
Getting realistic expectations about timing. For example, if you come to an agreement that the kids topic is off the table for two years, then you won’t be left anxious or frustrated when you want to delve into that plan and your partner isn’t ready. This also applies to major purchases like buying a house.
Avoiding toxic resentments. Clear the air about resentments you’ve been hanging onto throughout your relationship. A counselor will help you resolve these issues and free yourselves from them so that they don’t cause massive damage later on in your marriage.
Dismantling fears about marriage. One or both of you might come from a divorced family, or from a dysfunctional background where fighting and manipulation was the norm. Premarital counseling can teach you how to make peace with your past and break the cycle.
Identifying the “seeds” of future marital stress. With an experienced outsider’s perspective, you can learn which behaviors and habits you need to adjust or quit cold turkey.