The early stages of a marriage are where the couple puts down roots and set the precedent for how their marriage will proceed. While a couple can always change the dynamics of their marriage, setting the right foundation can mean the difference between a successful marriage and a divorce. Going to couples therapy in the early stages of a marriage while the couple is still in the honeymoon stage has several benefits.
Alters The Perception of The Marriage
Therapy helps the couple to look beyond the surface and get to the true core of the marriage and helps them to better define their marriage. For instance, if the couple starts off with very little financially, they’ll have different problems when compared to a marriage in which both partners have well-paying careers. When a therapist watches how a couple interacts, he may also be able to point out certain character traits that neither individual was aware of.
Corrects and Prevents Dysfunctional Behavior
Therapists can also help prevent dysfunctional marriage behavior that has the potential to lead to psychological, emotional, and mental harm. If the couple is already displaying such behaviors, the therapist can help them to interact in a more conducive manner. If left unchecked, dysfunctional behavior has the potential to turn into domestic abuse, drug abuse, and unrestrained anger.
Decreases Emotional Avoidance
Oftentimes in any relationship certain emotions and discussions are avoided because they may be too hard to deal with. Over time this avoidance of emotion can drive a wedge in the marriage and cause the couple to drift apart. Therapy teaches couples how to voice their emotions and thoughts in a constructive manner and in a way that allows each individual to feel vulnerable and safe at the same time. Not only is this beneficial for making sure that emotional needs are addressed and met, but it also helps the couple to feel closer to each other.
Builds Communication Skills
Even after being in a long-term relationship couples can still have trouble communicating with each other and doing so effectively. Not only can a therapist instruct a married couple on how to communicate properly with each other, they can also educate the couple on the most effective way to communicate with each other, which can cut down on confusion and the couple having the same argument or conversation several times before they figure out what is actually being said.
Going to couples therapy early in a marriage is a great way to build a strong marriage and help either spouse appreciate what their marriage and their relationship really means. Even if the couple isn’t having problems, couples therapy can help them avoid problems.[Photo Credit: hobvias sudoneighm]