How Marriage Counselling Works on TYHO
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What You’ll Get From Marriage Counselling
It is common for couples to face challenges in their marriage. Partners may have contrasting thoughts and beliefs, and as fallouts occur, couples often turn to marriage counselling for support.
How will you benefit from TYHO’s marriage counselling services?
Marriage Counselling Process
You can receive premarital counselling before you get married. Premarital counselling at TYHO can help you prepare for various transitions in your life.
The new phases can include moving in together before marriage, getting married, getting to know your partner’s family, and having children.
TYHO marriage counsellors use several therapeutic approaches, such as motivational interviewing (eg affirming your feelings, asking open-ended questions, and reflective listening) to help you identify and prepare for conflicts that you may experience in the future.
Some of the other issues you can solve during premarital counselling include:
If you want to seek marriage counselling, remember that you are taking a proactive step towards improving and maintaining the foundation of your relationship!
Marriage counsellors in Singapore can help you and your spouse address any doubts and strengthen the foundation of your marriage.
You can reach out to TYHO marriage counsellors if you are newly married, have been married for a long time, or if you intend to divorce and need professional help for the same.
We select our marital counsellors and set high standards for their qualifications, skills, and values. We assure you that all TYHO counsellors are empathetic, understanding, and non-judgmental.
Below are some of the non-exhaustive list of issues TYHO counsellors can help with:
Sustaining Positive Change
In marriage counselling, sustaining positive change is a crucial phase that focuses on helping couples integrate the progress made during therapy into their everyday lives.
During this phase, couples are encouraged to self-reflect to gain deeper insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Therapists guide couples in exploring their personal patterns, triggers, and reactions that may impact their relationship.
Therapists provide continued support to couples as they navigate challenges independently. This support can come in the form of follow-up sessions, check-ins, or access to resources and tools that can aid in maintaining the positive changes achieved during therapy.
Therapists emphasise the importance of consistently investing in the relationship. This involves engaging in activities that nurture the bond between partners, such as date nights, shared hobbies, or regular quality time together.
By implementing these therapeutic strategies, couples can create a solid foundation for lasting happiness and fulfilment in the relationship.
Issues People Seek Marriage Counselling For
Marriages often come with their own struggles and complications.
On one hand, spouses may have problems like parental stress or sex-related issues and may struggle to find any joy and spark in their dynamic.
On the other hand, people involved in a marriage can be happy together yet might also struggle to manage various conflicts, such as opening up to each other or finding it hard to balance family and relationship roles.
Such problems in a marriage can be complex and hard to navigate all alone. The relationship issues may be recursive as well.
TYHO marriage counsellors are skilled in several evidence-based techniques like the Gottman Method, Emotion-focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), etc. TYHO offers therapy in Singapore to help spouses:
We encourage you to seek help together with your spouse, even if only one of you wants professional help. Having a conversation with your spouse about the reasons for seeking help and doing so will help prevent several issues and conflicts from arising in the future.
Please remember that your marriage does not have to be strained for you to seek marriage counselling.
If either you or your spouse feel like you might benefit from some professional help and guidance or may even need an objective and non-judgemental perspective on your relationship, you can book a marriage counselling session with TYHO.
We recommend marriage counselling for those who find that they:
TYHO marriage counsellors will act as an active intermediary between you and your spouse during therapy.
Our marriage counsellors are equipped with various skill sets like active listening, problem-solving abilities, empathy, and analytical thinking to help you during the most difficult moments in your marriage.
The below points are some of what marriage counsellors do during therapy:
What Couples Say
What to Expect at Marriage Counselling
Deciding to go for marriage counselling might seem daunting. For most couples, the first few sessions may seem unfamiliar and confusing.
There is also an added pressure arising from the need to find the right therapist, cost considerations, location, and lack of willingness for both partners to attend sessions regularly.
Your marriage counsellor will journey with you as you and your partner undertake the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of marriage counselling for an hour-long session typically depends on the organisation or platform approached.
These charges are subject to slight variations as some organisations do offer package rates.
At Talk Your Heart Out, we strive to keep our prices transparent, competitive and affordable while still providing access to quality marriage counselling services.
There is no prescribed timeline for how long marriage counselling lasts as the dynamics of every relationship and the motivations for seeking therapy can differ from couple to couple.
Several factors that result in the varying length of therapy include:
Nature and Complexity of Issue(s)
As mentioned previously, there are many reasons couples go for therapy together.
On the one hand, some couples only seek support at a particular point in their relationship.
For instance, some couples may require assistance to tide through a difficult conversation.
On the other hand, other couples may be dealing with long-standing communication problems.
Furthermore, there are also others who may be amidst resolving more complex issues such as substance abuse or violence.
In these situations, the length of marriage counselling is typically expected to be longer as couples may require a longer time to open up and rebuild trust in their relationship.
Commitment and Frequency of Sessions
Partners may have divergent or clashing schedules and may be unable to commit to counselling sessions regularly.
The low frequency of sessions can potentially prolong the length of marriage counselling.
Couples who are attending sessions spaced months apart may need to fill the counsellor in on the events that have elapsed in the time as well as the current state of the relationship.
Engagement Across Sessions
The idea of marriage counselling is often foreign to many. As such, the readiness to engage in therapy varies among couples and partners.
Couples who find it hard to open up may need to attend marriage counselling for a longer period of time before the relationship takes a turn for the better.
Conversely, couples who demonstrate positive therapeutic engagement will likely observe positive developments in their relationship more quickly.
At Talk Your Heart Out, we also offer marriage counselling through an online medium.
For many couples, online counselling is preferred as it is more streamlined and accessible than an in-person visit.
Some reasons why couples would opt for online counselling:
When both partners reside in different countries, online counselling may be more applicable as it overcomes the geographical barriers couples may face.
It allows both parties to attend the sessions regardless of distance and time difference.
Uncertainty with Traditional Therapy
Couples may find in-person therapy challenging and uncomfortable.
Hence, access to online counselling services reduces the stigma surrounding therapy and the initial apprehension.
Couples who prefer to attend counselling in a more familiar and casual environment may find online counselling to be a perk as it can take place in the comfort of their homes.
A comfortable setting can help partners ease into the therapeutic process more quickly.
Some partners may be in occupational roles where they have to travel frequently.
In these situations, online therapy would, similarly, be more beneficial and convenient as hectic travelling schedules would not compromise the seeking of therapy.
After attending sessions together, couples often wonder how else they can facilitate their counselling journey. Some suggestions are:
Reflect at your own pace
Take time between sessions to process what has been shared during therapy and ponder over the input from your counsellor.
Reflecting on the conversation between you, your partner, and your counsellor in your own time can help to increase your awareness and understanding of the present issue or situation.
Consistent reflection also allows you to regulate your emotions more and prepare for the next session without feeling overwhelmed.
Exercise patience towards occasional hiccups
Change and adaptation take courage and time.
As you and your spouse attempt to work on the feedback shared during counselling sessions, there may be occasions where both partners revert to old habits and frustrate each other.
Try to be patient with your partner and give in to them rather than criticise their actions in these situations.
Accepting that progress is not linear and being empathetic towards your partner can prevent arguments from escalating out of control.
Check in and consider next steps
After several sessions of marriage counselling, it may be helpful to check how your partner feels about the past few meetings with the counsellor and share your takeaways with them.
Both partners can schedule a recurring time to assess if the objectives and desired outcomes that were agreed upon at the beginning of the counselling journey have been met.
Beyond that, both partners can also start to consider their next step forward regarding their relationship.
For instance, after overcoming the issues that were brought up in the initial counselling sessions, couples can work out other aspects of the marriage they wish to improve on.