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4 Simple Ways to Prepare for Couple Therapy

Updated: Dec 29, 2022


Are you going for marriage counseling for the first time? Marriage counseling or couples therapy can help you regain trust and support in your relationship. The idea of preparing for counseling is to get the most out of your sessions so your relationship can get back on track. It is important to start the counseling process with an open mind and embrace the

techniques to heal your relationship, build your connection, improve intimacy and resolve

conflicts. Counseling can help deepen your relationship and increase empathy for one

another. Let's see how you can prepare for your counseling sessions.


1. Discuss your goal

First, you need to discuss your goals with your therapist. Every couple has a different set of problems and expectations. Based on that, your counselor will provide you with strategies

for hopeful solutions. Sometimes, finding a solution on your own is difficult. Your therapist

will help you see through the barriers and blind spots. Based on the analysis of your

problems, NJ counselors can provide various in-person or online counseling methods like

Imago Therapy, The Gottman Method and/or Christian marriage counseling.


2. Be honest

The idea of going for marriage counseling is to build connection and to find effective

solutions. It will only be beneficial when you share your problems with candor and honesty.

Therapists are dedicated to being non-judgmental. However, therapists need accurate

information to evaluate the situation. This can only happen when you are upfront and honest. Withholding important aspects will only delay progress.


3. Allow reflection time

After each session, allow some time for introspection. Counselors may provide techniques,

information or strategies which will hopefully lead to the healing of your relationship or even an individual past wound. It is helpful to reflect on what was discussed. Process it. Sit with your partner to work together on the points discussed.


4. Prioritize appointment

Most of us have very busy schedules. Finding the time to get to another appointment may

feel impossible. If you can't make it to in-person sessions, luckily on-line sessions,

otherwise known as teletherapy or virtual therapy, are an option nowadays. 50% of

clients prefer on-line sessions. The convenience of not having to leave your home or work

space is a definite plus. Research has shown that on-line counseling is equally effective as

face-to-face counseling.


I provide both in-person and online counseling sessions. These sessions can give you a new perspective and support, along with techniques on how to process your emotions and improve your relationship. I provide couples therapy, marriage counseling, divorce prevention, infidelity repair, Christian counseling and Conscious Uncoupling.


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