The Benefits Of Marriage Counseling Online
By: Samantha Dewitt
Updated November 15, 2019
Medically Reviewed By: Dawn Brown
Researchers have known for years that couples who seek pre-marital counseling are 30% less likely to get divorced. That means any couple should look for a way to attend counseling and to get the help that they need before they ever walk down the aisle. But many couples do not have time to seek pre-marital counseling, or they feel they do not need it. However, after getting married, couples may find that issues have arisen in their relationship like a lack of communication or feeling distant from their partner. Luckily, there are many options for couples that wish to improve their relationship. Marriage counseling online is becoming more popular among couples and has numerous benefits.
Should You Get Pre-Marriage Counseling?
The short answer is absolute. No matter where you and your partner are in your relationship or how long you've been together or even how happy you feel like you are, you should get this type of counseling. Counseling is going to help both of you to express yourselves more completely and clearly. It's going to help you both to better understand each other, and it's going to help you resolve any problems that you might be having. But that's not even all of it.
With pre-marriage counseling, you're going to have the opportunity to learn more about what marriage entails. You're going to learn more about compromising and disagreeing healthily. You're going to learn about the division of labor and how to talk to your partner in a way that makes them listen. You'll also learn about how to listen and how to be a good partner in every way possible. Plus, you're going to have the opportunity to talk about the future and what both of you want out of your futures.
All of these things are going to help you and your partner to better understand what your relationship is going to be like and just how it might change as you continue to grow old together. If you both want to be happy and you want the relationship to be healthy throughout your lives, you need to know how to do all of these things, and you need to be willing to work at it. The sooner you and your partner work at it, the better of you're going to be, which is extremely important. You want to make sure that you are both moving forward at all times and without this type of counseling to start the relationship, you may find one or both of you falling off the rails.
Most people think that their relationship is great and there's no reason for them to attend pre-marriage counseling, but the truth is there are plenty of things that you should be discussing that you and your partner may not even consider. It might not be that there's anything negative about your relationship, but being prepared for the possibility is always a good idea. Not only that, but you and your partner need to make sure you're having some of the important conversations, and you just might not think about them on your own. If you've never talked about how you're going to handle money, how to handle holidays, whether you want kids, what your plans are for retirement and more questions like that, then you're going to need to sit down and do just that and marriage counseling can help.
Why Attend Online?
But what if you've decided that you're going to do marriage counseling, but now you're not quite sure why it should be online? There are a number of great reasons that you and your partner should at least consider taking your marriage counseling online. When you go through each of these, see if any of them resonate with you, and keep in mind that online counseling is going to be every bit as informative and high quality as the counseling that you're going to get if you walk into a physical office, it's just going to take place online instead.
Marriage Counseling OnlineIs Flexible
When couples decide they want to seek counseling, it is often time-consuming and stressful to coordinate the couple's schedule and find an appropriate counselor. Living in a rural or suburban area may mean they will need to travel to a counselor's office. Additionally, finding the right counselor that both partners like may take months of trial and error. Marriage counseling online solves all of these issues. Couples can seek counseling from their own home and have more options of when to fit the counseling session into their schedules.
There is also an increasing number of certified marriage counselors who are choosing to practice full time or part time online. A couple might reside in rural Oregon but speak to a counselor residing in Denver, Colorado. Couples who do not like one counselor can easily browse to find another that they may fit better with. Additionally, couples that may travel a lot can still speak with a counselor as long as they have a computer, tablet, or smartphone and Internet connection.
Online Counseling Is Private
One concern couples may have is that their friends or family will know they are seeking marriage counseling. The idea of running into someone they know or another couple they spend time with may prevent one or both partners from wanting to seek counseling. Specifically, couples with one or both partners in the military may be particularly fearful that someone will "find out" they are seeking counseling. Couples can rest assured that counseling both online and offline, is a private affair. A counselor will never share information with anyone else. In particular, marriage counseling online allows extra privacy as couples can have therapy in their own home, and they do not need to disclose their full names. They also do not have to worry about running into their counselor in public settings.
Online Counseling Is Accessible
If you live in a more rural area, you might not have a whole lot of availability of counselors and therapists. It might be difficult for you to get to an office frequently or it might be difficult for you and your partner to get there together because of different work schedules. With online therapy, you and your partner don't even need to be in the same place. You can both login from different areas, and you'll be able to have the session still together. Not to mention if you're in a rural area you don't have to make the long drive so that you can get to your therapy every time you need it.
Online Counseling Is Affordable
What most people have found is that it's less expensive for you to get online counseling than it is to attend in-person sessions. Being able to save money is going to be a benefit because you and your partner can put that money toward other things that you might need. You can still get the help that you're looking for, but you just don't have to worry about spending quite as much. No one wants to spend more than they have to, right?
Online Counseling Is Versatile
If you and your partner are dealing with one issue and you find that there are other things you want to focus on either together or privately there are plenty of counselors available through an online system that can help you with just about anything you might need. That's going to help you get started on other areas of therapy (if you need it) a whole lot faster than trying to find someone within your hometown who can help you with something entirely new. No one wants to be forced to start all over again, after all.
Online Counseling Is Full Of Options
When it comes to finding a therapist, it can be difficult to do so in most towns. Even if you live in a large area, you're going to have a hard time finding just the right therapist because you're going to be limited. You're going to have only a certain number of people that are located within the area that you want to drive to, and that's going to put limits on what you can get help with. You also might not feel very comfortable with some or all of the therapists that you're given as an option and that's not going to be a fun way for you to get help.
With online therapy, you have nearly endless options. You're going to have people that are located all over the country that you can interact with and having that many options mean you and your partner shouldn't have a problem finding someone that you feel comfortable talking to. It means you and your partner should be able to find someone that you like and someone that knows what they're talking about and what they're doing, which is always going to be important to you. All of these things together make it a whole lot more convenient to have access to therapy online.
The Format Is Unique
With marriage counseling online, couples can type messages back and forth with their counselor. While live three-way sessions are not yet supported, couples can be in different places when sending their messages to their partner and counselor. Couples may find it difficult to remember everything that was said during in-person counseling sessions. The format of online counseling also allows couples to go back and read messages. If you and your partner are interested in starting online counseling today, there is no delay in signing up and getting started.
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