Couples today expect their relationship to meet all of their emotional, sexual, financial, social, and spiritual needs. It's no wonder that many people are unhappy in their relationship -- with expectations like these, people are bound to be disappointed. Couples and marriage counseling can help partners engage in a process of examination that, together with a commitment to work on problems until they are solved, improves communication, brings intimacy back, and rekindles a sense of fun and pleasure. Relationships like these are among the most deeply satisfying of all human relationships, and provide an important buffer from the stresses and strains of the outside world. We have extensive training and experience in many approaches to couples and marriage counseling and draw from solid research on the most effective counseling strategies.
Affairs, cheating, adultery - no matter what you call it, when couples have to face the aftermath of a partner's infidelity, their whole world shatters.
For the hurt partner, it's as if all the love, good times, sex, and intimacy have somehow been a lie. The person they have built their life around now seems like a stranger.
For the straying partner, guilt at seeing their partner's heartache, fear about what the future will bring, and the potential loss of the other person hang overhead like an anvil.
For both partners, the sense of their relationship as a secure, safe haven is lost. It becomes clear that there are hard times and difficult choices ahead. As harsh reality sinks in, many turn to marriage counseling for help.
Studies show that couples who learn proven relationship skills and increase their understanding of each other before marriage have happier, stronger marriages that last. In fact, more and more couples are choosing premarital programs as a way to prepare for marriage.
Overwhelmingly, married couples say that premarital counseling programs helped their marriage. One university study of 1,235 couples found that during their first year of marriage, more than 92 percent of couples said their premarital counseling program was valuable. After four years of marriage, about 80 percent of couples still thought so.
How partners in a relationship feel about their sex life has a big impact on their relationship overall. When a partner is unhappy with their sex life, they are generally unhappy with the whole relationship.
While the stereotype is that most of us learned about "the birds and the bees" during an awkward conversation with our parents -- the reality is most people learn about sex from a variety of other sources, such as TV, movies and books, as well as our friends and partners. Many families have unwritten rules and beliefs about sex that we absorb without realizing it. Getting information from these sources creates beliefs and expectations about what a normal sex life looks like. But how much of the information is accurate?
Can Stress Be Good for your Marriage?
Stressed out people are usually tired, cranky, and busy. Stressful situations take precious time away from building our relationship and handling issues as they arise. Stress also reduces our sex drive. How can that be good for a marriage?
Life should feel great. If it doesn't, then perhaps counseling can help. Feel free to contact us by E-Mail
or phone toll free (866-588-0477) to learn more about our practice, and schedule a free half-hour phone consultation with one of our clinicians.
Our offices are conveniently located in McLean, Virginia & Glenn Dale, Maryland.
Elizabeth Sloan, a Marriage and Family Therapist offering services in both McLean, VA and Glenn Dale, MD, specializes in communication problems, affairs, love & sex addiction, sexual problems, and premarital counseling.
Dr. Marika Martin, a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (LGMFT) and Ph.D.,
offering services in Glenn Dale, MD, assists couples with communication, infidelity, parenting, and other problems.
Dr. Kier Maxwell, a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT), holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been helping couples & families since 1997.
The Benefits of M.F.T.
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