Did you know that, although the divorce rate peaked at 50% in the 1980s, it has since dropped? Keeping your relationship together is definitely possible, so long as both individuals are willing to put time and effort into it. Think therapy might be the right route for your partnership? Then here are three important facts you should know.
1. Imago Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapy was developed in 1980 by Dr. Harville Hendrix. The concept behind this form of therapy is to approach everything as a relationship, rather than focusing on an individual approach to problem solving. Imago therapy revolves around discovering the unconscious components, or the “imago,” in a relationship that are the reasons one chose a partner. This helps couples relate to each other better, and helps couples examining conflict as an answer to understanding these underlying discontents, rather than a cause of disharmony.
2. Does relationship counselling work?
Did you know that, according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 97% of surveyed therapy clients said that their therapy got them the type of help they had wanted? A study of 55 couples who needed marriage counseling found that after four years, only 3% of couples who had received insight oriented therapy had divorced. Of course, therapy cannot make or break a marriage. You might receive therapy, and it might be the intervention you needed. On the other hand, it might be a wake up call that there is nothing left to save… and that is a problem no amount of therapy can fix.
3. Marriage Counseling Retreats
One of the issues couples often have with rebonding is that everyday tasks and business gets in the way of actually working to communicate better and resolve issues. Couples retreats help couples recreate closeness and intimacy through intensive, educational retreat programs. These retreats can often help participants understand each other and maintain an emotional connection even when they don’t agree about things. Relationship counselors are on hand to assist and work with participants, and offer an unbiased perspective.
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