Marriages are like fingerprints — no two are the same. Each partner brings a set of hopes, dreams, personality quirks and family baggage to the relationship. And when you mix those factors together, it can be fireworks, a firestorm or both. That’s why there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to figuring out the best time to seek help.
Earlier is generally better, but it depends on the couple’s relationship dynamic. Finances, therapist availability, and societal and cultural variables can play a role in a couple’s decision to pursue therapy.
By paying attention to these signs, you may be able to pull out of the fire before your house burns down.
You struggle to communicate
Does this sound familiar to you? Your home is either really loud (from all the yelling) or very quiet (silent treatment, anyone?).
If so, it might be helpful to have a trained professional at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, assess the situation and give you and your partner guidance on how to effectively talk to each other and work through issues.
It’s not uncommon for couples to feel as though they’re having the same argument over and over again.
There’s a lack of physical or emotional intimacy
Your relationship used to be filled with passion and lots of love. But if you’ve seen (and felt) the romance fizzle, it could be helpful to have someone recommend strategies that focus on each other like having a dedicated date night.
I’ve had couples describe feeling more like roommates with minimal intimacy or sexual chemistry, rather than spouses.
The trust has been broken
You suspect your partner is lying. Or you know that you definitely are. Perhaps there’s been infidelity. But cheating comes in many forms.
Infidelity isn’t based solely on sexual behavior; relationship trust can be broken through online communication or while using social media.
During marriage counseling at Star Point Counseling in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, you can work through your trust issues and determine whether that trust can be re-established.
You’ve gone through a major life change.
The birth of a child, the death of a loved one, moving homes, a new job or retirement — these changes have a huge impact on your marriage.
Being able to navigate changes in your life together is important, and during marriage counseling in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, you can learn techniques that help you and your partner settle into your new normal.
And if those major life changes affect others in your family like children, it might be a good idea to go to marriage and family counseling in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, so everyone in your home has a chance to express their feelings and learn techniques on how to cope.
One of you has an addiction
This can be a scary situation. An addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, spending or other problematic behaviors can put a significant strain on a relationship.
It can be difficult to know how to approach a loved one, as you may feel anger and resentment toward your partner. Or if you’re the one with a substance abuse disorder or addiction, it can be hard to admit that you need help. But working with a marriage counselor in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, can lead to open and honest conversations.