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  • Bradon asked a question on Nov 25, 2015
    Should I discuss my marriage problems with others?
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  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What are the most common marriage vows?
    Marriage vows in the U.S. usually follow a certain pattern, but there are many variations on the basic theme. There are traditional Catholic and Protestant vows, but each Protestant denomination has its own version too. The Old School Catholic vows are, "I, [name], take you, [spouse’s name], for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part." That’s probably the most basic version, and TV shows use these vows most often, but regular folks use their own personalized vows more nowadays.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What are catholic vows of marriage?
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    There are a couple of different versions of Catholic wedding vows. The version most people are familiar with goes like this: "I, [name], take you, [spouse’s name], for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part." The other version of Catholic vows is very similar, going like this: "I, [name], take you, [spouse’s name], to be my husband/wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life."
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What are the original marriage vows?
    There are many traditional marriage vows that are quoted, adjusted and personalized according to each couple’s beliefs and preferences. If you’re looking for one main example, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Every religious sect has its own version of wedding vows, and they all vary slightly from one another. The Catholic faith has two different versions, and for Protestants there are separate examples from each denomination, including Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran versions of the traditional wedding vows. If you aren’t sure what to use as a starting point for your vows, you can check with your clergy or wedding officiate.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What are vows of marriage in the Bible?
    The Bible says a lot about marriage in general, and especially about husbands and wives, but when it comes to marriage vows, the Bible isn’t really clear. In the book of Ephesians, God instructs wives and husbands, saying to women, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” And to men God says, “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself.” These are popular passages that a lot of people have read at their weddings, and some may even integrate these words into their vows, but there isn’t exactly one set of Biblical vows to use.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can I have my marriage certificate changed?
    A marriage certificate is an official government document and once it’s been signed and recorded by the county clerk, it generally cannot be altered. There are some exceptions, though, and each state has different laws that govern the do’s and don’ts involved. Usually the only changes that can be made are to correct errors on the document or fill in information that was left blank. Some states do not allow corrections to be made at all, while other states have a whole department setup for amendments to vital records. Visit the website for your state government and do a search to find out what’s allowed where you live.
  • Bradon answered a question on Jun 08, 2018
    can a marriage certificate be laminated?
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    Laminating a marriage certificate is a bad idea.  For all intents and purposes, it destroys the legal document.  Birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other official government documents have security features that allow officials to know it is the real thing.  Often this includes a raised seal that is ruined by the process of laminating.  When you laminate a piece of paper, you are permanently adhering the plastic laminate to the paper, forever altering its physical makeup.  If you need to protect your marriage certificate, try framing it or using a plastic document cover.  That way you can take it out when you need to show it’s the real thing.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can I have my marraige certificate notarized?
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    Having a marriage certificate notarized is almost impossible. In most cases, the notary will tell you it is illegal for them to notarize your marriage certificate, and they would be correct. A better option when you need a verified copy of your marriage license is to order a certified copy from the county clerk’s office in the county where you were married. This will look just like the original and has the embossed seal and stamp, and because it comes from the original issuing authority, it is usually an acceptable alternative to a notarized marriage license.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can a marriage license expire?
    Marriage licenses aren’t like fishing licenses, or driver’s licenses, which expire every few years and must be renewed. Although most counties would welcome the extra income if folks had to come in every few years to renew their marriage license, the situation could lead to a lot of chaos if people found out they weren’t married anymore. It might alson help to keep some marriages together if people renewed their vows on occasion; however, that’s not how the system works. No, marriages are meant to last forever, so the license that makes them official is valid forever and never expires.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can a marriage license be mailed?
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    Most of the time, marriage licenses are sent by mail to the bride and groom, but in many cases you will still have to go in person to pick it up. Once you obtain the license, you are still not officially married until it’s been signed by all appropriate parties. Usually this will include the wedding officiate and witnesses, and may or may not include the bride and groom. Once signed, the marriage license must be returned to the county clerk’s office (again, standard U.S. mail is usually fine here) and filed in their records. Once this is done you can order a copy.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    I can't find my marriage certificate. Do I need to apply for a new one?
    Once you have signed and returned your marriage certificate to the county clerk’s office, they will keep the record on file permanently. You can usually order a new one online. You do not have to reapply or go through any of the paperwork necessary to obtain a license to wed. There is usually a fee associated with obtaining a copy of your marriage license, and in some cases you may have to visit the county clerk’s office in person to show I.D. Contact the county clerk’s office in the county where you were married to verify the details about what they require.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can I get my marriage certificate made online?
    Copies can usually be ordered online, but to obtain the original license, you will need to visit your county clerk’s office. They will want to verify your identity, so bring your I.D. There may also be other paperwork you’ll need to fill out. In many cases you can do this portion online. Some counties also require blood tests, but nearly all county clerks offices will charge a fee. Some states have a required waiting period, but you can have your marriage certificate sent by mail. You will need to sign it, along with your spouse, the clergy who performs the union, and witnesses.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can I have an effective marriage counseling?
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    Marriage counseling is like a lot of things in life: the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Effective marital counseling usually depends on the commitment of both parties to the success of the relationship. If one spouse is looking for a way out, no amount of counseling will fix that. To ensure success in counseling, be 100% honest with your therapist, honor your commitments made in counseling sessions, and be willing to change some of your behaviors for the sake of your marriage. There is no magic bullet and it will take time, but your commitment, honesty, and follow-through can ensure success.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Is it possible to do marriage counseling yourself?
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    While there are many self-help books and workshops that can help, they should not be thought of as a replacement for marriage counseling. Check your local library for titles on marriage, though. You may be able to get a lot of help understanding and resolving your marital problems, as well as some of the root causes of conflict in your relationship. You may also find self-help books for each of you individually that improve relations. Most often though, it takes a third person in the room to spot negative communication patterns and help a couple defuse intense situations, avoiding old behaviors that lead to conflict.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can I get marriage counseling for free?
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    Free marriage counseling can be hard to find, but there are some options to consider. First, check with your local university to find out if they offer degree programs in psychology or psychiatry. Chances are, if they offer a degree they also have a clinic where you may see a psychology student therapist for free or reduced charge. They will be under the supervision of a professional, so don’t worry. You also may check with your insurance carrier. Most insurance plans now cover counseling as a preventative service. Lastly, many therapists offer a sliding scale fee schedule that helps people with financial hardship to afford marriage counseling.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How to seek a christian marriage counseling?
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    You can start with your own church. Consult your pastor, priest or other faith leader and ask if they can provide some marital counseling. Also ask for a referral to a professional marriage counselor. You might be surprised what they know about this topic, and you can be sure you won’t be the first one in your congregation to ask. You can also talk to friends and family members to see if they know someone who can provide marital counseling with Christian values. If you are worried about sharing with people you know that you’re looking for counseling, an internet search for Christian counselors should help you locate someone in your area.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can you tell me how to seek marriage counseling agency?
    Marriage counseling is available from a lot of different sources. Most churches and other houses of worship offer some couples counseling, and most hospitals and medical centers can help you find a marriage counselor as well. You can talk to your family doctor or other physician for a referral, or ask friends and family if they know of someone you might like. The important thing when choosing a marriage counselor is that you and your spouse both feel comfortable talking openly with him or her. That openness is essential for your success, because your counselor can’t help you with things they don’t know about.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can you tell me how to prepare for marriage counseling?
    Consider these questions and make note of your answers. · Why do you want marriage counseling? · Are you committed to the relationship? · How do you think marriage counseling could help? · What changes would you like to see in your marriage? · What are your biggest fears in marriage counseling? · What would success look like? · What are the main issues causing problems in your marriage? · How do you make things worse? · How does your partner make things worse? What are you willing to try, start doing, stop doing, or change in order to save the relationship?
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How does marriage counseling works?
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    The marriage counselor will usually take some time to learn about each individual and get a history of the relationship. Then they’ll set some communication ground rules and encourage the couple to discuss their issues. They will interject if they see a miscommunication or a negative pattern of communication, and help the couple find a better way to talk without hurt feelings. They will also call out situations that are abusive or anything that triggers a “red flag.” A lot of times, they’ll coach both partners about how to be more effective and get what they want without hurting one another.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How marriage counseling can help couples?
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    Marriage counseling is very helpful for couples in different stages of their relationship. Many couples do a short round of counseling before getting married; this helps them talk through their beliefs and expectations of marriage, getting things out in the open that may have remained unsaid until then. When problems arise in marriage, counseling can help sort out the source of conflict, offer new approaches to dealing with situations, and use tools and techniques to help improve communication and strengthen the marital bond. For couples considering divorce, marital counseling can help make the decision of whether to work things out.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can you tell me how to become a marriage counselor?
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    If you want to become a marriage counselor, you will first need to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field. While studying for your bachelor’s, you should take electives that focus on marriage and family relationships. That will help you prepare for graduate school. Once you’ve obtained a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need a master’s degree (in most states) before you can legally call yourself a marriage counselor. In addition to all of this education, you also will need real-world experience in a clinical setting seeing clients while under the supervision of a professional marriage counselor.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can a marriage separation checklist help a couple in taking decisions?
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    In a word, yes. Separation is a really emotional time and there will be a lot of unusual activity, new expenses, and more complex schedules if you separate. Even the healthiest and most mentally balanced people can struggle to stay grounded in times like these. Most marriage separation checklists are designed to help a couple talk through the separation of responsibilities and hold each other accountable to agreements. In certain rare cases, doing the marriage separation checklist actually forces them to have the conversations they ought to have as a married couple, and can help resolve the couple’s issues, ironically negating the need to separate.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Should I fight for my marriage after knowing that it is workable?
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    Staying in a relationship is a very personal decision, but with marriage, t as well. If your spouse doesn’t want to work it out,here is an expectation (from your family and friends at least, and probably from yourself) that you work as hard as you can to resolve problems and preserve the relationship. If you believe that the problems in your marriage can be resolved, then you should work toward that solution. Bear in mind, though, that your spouse may not feel the same way, and you should honor his or her feelings in this matter then no amount of effort on your part will make it work.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How is a family therapy session conducted?
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    Most family therapists will talk to the whole family at once. The family will be encouraged to talk about a recent conflict while the therapist facilitates or “moderates” the conversation. Moderating is a supervised process of communication that establishes certain ground rules so that all family members feel emotionally safe, and stopping harmful communication if and when it happens. They may offer some observations on the family dynamic and give suggestions for how each person can make small changes to improve family relations. If there are glaring psychiatric issues such as abuse, neglect, addiction, and so on, the family counselor will advise treatment.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can I prepare for family counseling?
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    The best way to prepare for family counseling is by making a few notes. Start by making a list of what you think the family’s main problems are, then add why you think the problems exist if you are comfortable doing so. Make a note also of what you’re hoping to get out of the counseling and what your main fears are in starting family counseling. Not only will this help you get your feelings out where you can see them and deal with them openly, but your notes could also be helpful when the counselor asks some basic questions during the intake process.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can family counseling help me?
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    Family counselors have special training in familypsychology, behavioral norms and negative communication patterns. They know what kinds of personalities will mesh or clash, and they understand how different members of the family might interpret situations differently, based on their personality type, role within the family, or the individual’s own history. They can help parents understand how their child is feeling, or help a child understand a parent’s motivations, and generally help bridge the gaps in the family that often leave people feeling hurt and isolated. As long as the family members have a genuine desire in improving relationships, a family counselor can be a very effective solution.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How does family counseling work?
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    Family counselors generally start by taking a family history, including medical history and any past psychiatric issues. Then they’ll ask leading questions such as, “Why did you come in to see me?” and the like. This is to get family members talking about their issues. The counselor usually wants to hear from everyone, and they will establish ground rules for communication that ensure more positive outcomes. Once the issues are out in the open, the counselor may apply one of many different tools, such as role-playing exercises, journal assignments, and advice about how to manage situations differently in the future.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Where can I go for family counseling?
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    Family counseling is available from many different sources. Depending on your preference, you may find a family counselor at your church a nearby religious organization. You can also contact your insurance carrier, the American Psychological Association (APA) or the National Association of Social Workers to ask if they can refer you to someone in your area. Family doctors or other medical professionals may also be able to advise you where to find a family counselor close to home. Another nationwide non-profit advocacy group is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which can help you locate resources in your area.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Is free family counseling available for all? Where can I get it?
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    Free and low-cost family counseling is available in most areas, but you may have to do some digging to find one. Most health insurance plans now cover mental health services, so if you have insurance it might be best to start there, with a referral from your primary care physician. If insurance isn’t a viable option, check with any local university to see if they have a psychology clinic. Most schools that offer degrees in clinical psychology will run a clinic for their students to get practical experience. Your counselor may still be in school, but they also are well trained and supervised by professionals.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Where can I get family counseling?
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    Family counseling is available from a wide range ofdifferent sources. You can start by asking for a referral from your primary care physician or other medical doctor. Most health insurance carriers also maintain a list of preferred mental health providers, so you can call or visit your managed care provider’s website to obtain a short list. Don’t forget to ask around with people you already know, too. Friends and family can often point you in the right direction for a good family counselor. Once you have a list, make sure you talk to a few different counselors before choosing the one that’s right for you.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Can a family counselor prescribe medication?
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    The ability to prescribe medication isbased on your family counselor’s credentials and can vary by state. Usually medications are prescribed by a psychiatrist at first, which may then be maintained by a family doctor. On occasion, your primary care physician may prescribe psychiatric medications without a psychiatric consult. Then there is an option to see a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who can write prescriptions just as any other nurse practitioner. Most family counselors have masters degrees, and are trained in making diagnoses and providing group or individual therapy. They also usually offer a good range of other non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Does an open marriage ever work?
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    It’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone, but open marriages do work for some people. It does require more effort to maintain the relationship than traditional marriages, though. That’s because extra-marital sex often leads to jealousy and competition, as well as isolation and feelings of insecurity. The way polyamorous couples deal with these issues is by being completely open and honest with each other about their sexual desires and experiences. They may seek approval from their spouse before having sexual contact with another, and they usually have rules about how much they do or don’t want to know about that contact after the fact.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Why do open marriages not work?
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    Many people try open relationships and it causes more problems than it solves. This could be due to a number of factors. Open marriages require 100% openness, honesty, and communication. This is hard for many couples but entirely necessary to maintain trust in an open relationship. Some people may find that sex outside the relationship leads them to bond more strongly with someone other than their spouse. This causes difficulty because it sets up competition. When this happens, a couple may wish to take a break from outside relationships and work to improve their marital bond.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Why do I want an open marriage?
    You may want an open marriage if: · You have a strong bond with your partner, but sex is unsatisfying for one or both parties · Your relationship is based on trust, and there is no history of infidelity · You are sexually adventurous but your partner is not, or vice versa · Your sexual desires are impossible to fulfill within the marriage (i.e., multiple partners are desired and/or your spouse’s sexuality doesn’t match your fantasy) · Both parties agree that an open marriage is the right choice If you and your spouse cannot agree that open marriage is a good option, then you shouldn’t do it.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Why do couples have open marriages?
    Couples have open marriages for several reasons. Sometimes, one partner’s sexual appetite is far greater than the other’s. In other cases, couples want to explore their sexuality with other couples. In still other circumstances, one partner may fantasize about bisexual encounters, or want to have sex with multiple partners. These experiences may not be possible within the confines of the relationship. When satisfying those sexual appetites is seen as beneficial for both partners and the relationship as a whole, many couples decide to have open marriages. Then they agree to certain ground rules and usually start with a trial period to see if it will work for them.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Since how long has marriage equality been an issue?
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    Marriage equality as a political issue has been around since the early 1970s, when the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case from Minnesota, where a same-sex couple was denied a license to wed. Since then there have been many cases brought against many different levels of government, most of which insisted upon equal treatment under the law. There have also been numerous referenda and ballot measures to try to establish laws banning marriage equality. Over time, however, public perception and social norms have changed to include a better understanding of homosexuality and the reasons why marriage is important to everyone.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    In how many states is marriage equality legal?
    Since June 2015, marriage equality has been legal in every state across the U.S. That’s because a Supreme Court ruling determined that marriage is a guaranteed right that is protected under the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Equal protection means that the government cannot discriminate against minority groups. If the government provides marriage licenses to some, but not all people, that is seen as a violation of the Equal Protection clause. That’s why some counties in certain states decided to stop issuing marriage licenses in protest of the Supreme Court decision.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can I vote for marriage equality?
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    In the U.S., it is no longer necessary (or even possible) tovote for marriage equality. Some years ago, there were statewide campaigns and ballot measures that put the subject to a popular vote, but now such an effort would be futile. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right. This ruling applies to all the states and U.S. Territories, and effectively stifled the numerous cases making their way through the court system at the time. For more information about marriage equality and equal protection under the law, visit the SCOTUS blog.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Is marriage equality legal?
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    Marriage equality has been determined to be legal everywhere in the United States. A decision in June, 2015 by the U.S. Supreme Court held that same-sex marriage is a right that is protected by the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. This comes after decades of turmoil and political debate on the issue, at a time when many lawsuits were making their way through the court system. Many people have been concerned that same-sex marriage devalued the concept of marriage, but public opinion has changed over time. Now a majority of people in the U.S. believe same-sex marriage should be legal.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How do i support marriage equality?
    Supporting marriage equality is an internal attitude that you can signify by your actions. Marriage equality is a political issue, so engaging in political activities is your best bet. Check in your local area for rallies and events that support marriage equality, or look for protests and boycotts that you can participate in. If you’re not sure where to start, try searching online and on your social media networks to see who you know that may already be involved in supporting marriage equality. You can also look for national campaigns and donate to political groups fighting for the cause.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    Does couple therapy actually work in real life?
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    Of course couple therapy works in real life, but it is not a treatment to be applied to a passive patient who just sits and waits for healing. Couple therapy works very well when both parties make a commitment to engage fully in the process. If one person in the relationship already has one foot out the door, so to speak, and has decided they want to split up, couples therapy won’t help unless that person makes a commitment to stay in the relationship and work on the problems. It isn’t easy to look at ourselves deeply. But connecting with a loving partner in this life is well worth the trouble.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What does couple therapy do to improve your relationship?
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    Couples counseling is ideal for couples who want to stay together but have a hard time getting along. A couples therapist can help couples understand what causes problems in their relationship. They will offer tools and strategies that can be used to increase awareness of the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the relationship, as well as suggestions for resolving or de escalating conflicts. They can help couples see things from the other side of the relationship, and offer analysis of the personality types at play and how they affect communication. A couple usually finds their communication skills improve through counseling, and they find it easier to connect with their partners.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What does couple therapy has to offer?
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    Couples therapy is like a lot of things in life: the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Couples counselors will help to identify not only where the problems are in a relationship, but why they exist, how they got there, and how they can be resolved. They can help a troubled couple work out a blueprint for success, but the couple must be willing to do the actual work involved before they will get there. This usually involves gaining insight into how each party contributes to the relationship problems, and changing the problematic behaviors.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What are couple therapy games? Can they strengthen my relationship?
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    Couple therapy games are meant to give the troubled couple some insight into how the relationship functions, and where things break down. They are also used to lighten the mood and create opportunities for bonding when the relationship is very strained. One popular therapy game is a role reversal activity where each party takes on the other person’s persona, and the pair engage in a routine argument. This helps people understand what it’s like from the other person’s perspective. Another game is What I Like About You. In this game, couples are encouraged to give affirmations to each other, reminding each of them what they can appreciate in their partner.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How much is couples therapy without insurance?
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    The cost for couples therapy varies widely. Factors influencing pricing can include things like: · What kind of training and credentials the counselor has · Where they practice · If they are affiliated with a group practice or hospital, versus working independently out of theirhomesorsmaloffice building Some counselors offer a sliding-scale fee schedule that makes it possible for people with financial difficulties to get help. They may not advertise this openly, but they will tell you if you ask. Because rates vary so widely, it’s best to make a few phone calls to ask about pricing before choosing a counselor.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can a couple therapy help in a relationship?
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    Usually a counselor will take a history from both parties, to better understand what current events might trigger painful past memories. Oftentimes, when we fight with our spouses, it’s because there is unresolved conflict in the past, and the curre situation brings up that pain along with the pain from the present. This can be overwhelming. It often causes intense feelings that can destroy relationships. By separating the present from the past, many couples discover they argue less, or their disagreements are less heated, because they aren’t reliving painful past traumas. Couples also learn better language for decoding emotional triggers and communicating with one another about m what they’re experiencing.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    What is the way to make couples therapy effective?
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    The first thing many couples counselors will ask of you is to make a commitment to the relationship. If you are not committed to working out your relationship issues and staying together, no counseling or therapy is likely to fix your problems. If both parties make that commitment, though, couples counseling tends to be extremely effective. It will require work from each of you, and sometimes the road gets rough. That’s why it’s so important that both parties be committed to the process: so that no one backs out or shuts down when relationship issues stem from deep-seated injuries from the past.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How is couples therapy billed? Does anyone know?
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    Couples therapists come in many varieties. Some hold private practice in their homes or small office, while others participate in partnerships to share expenses. Then there are those who work in tandem with a local hospital or mental health facility. All of these factors impact when and how they bill clients. Most require payment at the time services are rendered, whether that means payment in full or a co-pay as required by your insurance carrier. Others may submit a claim to your insurance first, and you will receive a bill for the remainder within a few weeks.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How much does a couple therapy cost?
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    Couples counseling costs vary widely, in accordance with the therapist’s qualifications, experience, and where they practice. Many therapists offer a sliding scale fee schedule, so that couples with financial problems can still get help. Generally speaking, couples counseling costs about the same as other types of therapy, and will often be covered by insurance or Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs). It’s not a bad idea to shop around for a couples counselor as you would for any other service. Call around and get some information before you try out two or three for a session. You’ll get a sense for how you like them while they learn more about your marriage.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How does couple therapy help in improving my relationship?
    Couples therapists are skilled professionals, and they have experience with many different kinds of relationship problems. They can help you understand the personality type and communication style of your partner, and identify what patterns of behavior are causing conflict. Getting to the root cause is often helpful, because many different problems can be tackled at once. You must realize that the counselor’s job is only to make it easier, or in some cases possible, to communicate with your spouse. You will still have to do the hard work it takes to improve the relationship, including empathizing, talking frankly and letting your guard down, and changing your behavior to better suit your spouse.
  • Bradon answered a question on Sep 08, 2015
    How can I discuss my marriage problems with my wife?
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    The key to discussing marriage problems is to learn good communication skills. Realize that strong feelings may come up while you’re working things out, and that empathy and respect are cornerstones for a successful relationship. Be sure to honor your own feelings as well as your wife’s, and practice teamwork to make things better. When one party becomes defensive or goes on the attack, all positive communication is blocked by anger and hurt feelings. If this happens, stop trying to talk about it for the moment. Put a pin in it, as they say, and come back to the problem when you’ve both calmed down.
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