Are You Alone in Your Marriage? Marriage Therapy Can Help.
Loneliness happens. Even in marriage. Particularly in marriage.
According to a 2010 national survey of older adults, nearly 30% of married people reported being lonely in their marriages.
Perhaps you thought marriage would be the one safe place where you were always welcomed, seen, heard, and understood.
Unfortunately, your lonely reality is much different and more painful than you ever imagined. Physically you’re still together, but emotionally you’re alone in your own home.
To restore the connection lost between you and your mate is tough work, but worth it. Your marriage can still fulfill the hard-wired need for a secure, supportive relationship that is key to human contentment.
So, how do you turn things around?
Good, solid couples counseling can help chart a mutually-satisfying course back to each other.
Couples counseling can cultivate personal emotional awareness.
Isolation in a marriage weighs heavily on individual mental and physical health, if it’s allowed to go unaddressed. Partners becomes less attuned to each other, less able to see their relationship clearly, and more susceptible to depression and negativity. The humor, playfulness and engagement you long for feels further and further out of reach.
If you feel painfully frustrated or emotionally starved, a counselor can help you identify and examine your unmet needs. In a safe, compassionate environment, your counselor will gently challenge you to look at yourself.
As you own and open up to your feelings, you’ll find you are better able to calmly acknowledge and manage feelings like dissatisfaction, anger, rejection, and insecurity. This awareness is the key to more productive self-expression, and the key to cultivating more awareness and openness with your partner.
Counseling supports the progression from personal awareness to effective expression.
The loneliness in your marriage may have persisted for so long that you may not even remember how to be close again. Your counselor can help you choose more effective ways of communicating, share what you’ve learned about your own relationship needs and desires, and encourage you to empathize with the needs of your partner.
With less blame or defensiveness, you’ll find new ways to give each other opportunities to hear and respond to each other. As the counseling process progresses, self-awareness will continue to expand, as well as your ability to communicate, and accept what is shared.
Counseling helps lay the groundwork for acceptance and healing, resulting in closer connections.
As a couple, feelings of loneliness will begin to ease, as you make gains rebuilding an “us” foundation for your life again. You’ll begin to recognize your goal of being a unit again. As you become more emotionally intelligent and aware, your mutual acceptance, compassion, and willingness to meet each other’s needs will start to drive your counseling sessions uniquely.
Dealing with unresolved pain or resentment will be important in your goal to regain closeness. Learning to manage your feelings and differences without losing your connection is vital. From there, you’ll both be able to capitalize on any insights that can foster more understanding between you.
Life and challenges to your union won’t let up. Having a person in your corner is important to preventing any more time lost to loneliness or disconnect. Expansion of your communication repertoire, and a wider array of tools at your disposal for navigating the changes in your relationship, are other ways counseling is particularly beneficial.
A secure, supportive relationship allows us to thrive. If relationship counseling can help you make sense of your emotions and restore your marriage, the time it takes to develop new ways to communicate, cooperate, and connect are definitely worth the effort.
Schedule Couples Therapy in Phoenix Scottsdale or online throughout all of Arizona
Marital issues can be highly complex and are often rooted in our deepest emotional attachment needs. Whether you have identified specific issues to address or feel unsure why you feel disconnected from your partner, meeting with a couples counselor can greatly benefit your marriage.
By creating a space for you and your spouse to safely address your concerns, your counselor can assist you in finding resolutions and healing to help your marriage flourish. Our offices are conveniently located throughout the Valley of the Sun including Phoenix, Anthem, Biltmore, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale. We would be honored to support you in better understanding your relationship. You can start your therapy journey by following these simple steps:
Other Services Offered with Crossroads Counseling
Christian marriage counseling isn’t the only service Crossroads Counseling offers. We understand there are many mental health concerns you may experience. This is why we also offer services across the state via online therapy. We are happy to offer support for children, teens, families, women, and men with both individual therapy and group programs. Other services offered include anxiety therapy, treatment for depression, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, and premarital counseling. In addition, our team also offers affair counseling, Christian affair recovery, and couples counseling for one. Feel free to learn more about our practice by visiting our about page, FAQ, and blog, or read more about our staff members to start finding your best therapeutic fit! Call us at 623-680-3486, text 623-688-5115, or email email@example.com. You can ask all the questions you have and see if marriage counseling for Christian couples at Crossroads is the right fit for you and your spouse. You can also learn more about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) as well.