Marriage Counseling Vs. Couples Therapy: What’s the Difference

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Believe it or not, marriage counseling and couples therapy are different. Though they seemingly overlap in terms of their goals for relationships, some in the industry use the words interchangeably, which can add to the confusion.


The difference between marriage counseling and couples therapy


According to Marriage Guardian, “Marriage counseling tends to deal with present events more than past events. Counselors provide advice and/or show you how to develop your own rational solutions. Couples therapy also does this, but the problems dealt with have a history, creating unhealthy patterns of relating.”

Some therapists look for the reasons behind the emotions that drive these patterns. It can also depend on the type of therapy being utilized during sessions. However, all therapists, if they know what they’re doing, help you to alter how you and your partner relate to one another, as well as help create healthier patterns for dealing with conflict and communicating.


The goals with marriage counseling and couples therapy


Like any type of therapy or counseling, the goal is usually the same: to help the person manage or overcome some type of emotional or psychological hindrance. Marriage Guardian is adamant that “…the goals in both can be the same, such as reduce conflict, change behavior, change your responses to your spouse’s behavior, find realistic and practical solutions, and empower you as a couple to make a terrific marriage.”


The timeline of marriage counseling and couples therapy sessions


Unfortunately for either, there is no real set timeline or deadline for completing marriage counseling or couples therapy. The frequency of sessions depends on the couple themselves. Some couples may need more time with a professional than others. This in no way means a couple that stays in counseling longer has more issues. It simply means these couples may need more time to unpack roadblocks such as communication, intimacy, etc.


North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy


If you’re looking for a place that can provide you with the marriage counseling or couples therapy techniques to get your relationship back on track, look no further. North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy has a plethora of professionals who are ready to tackle all of your marital and relationship issues. Contact us today.

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5 Responses

  1. Zidane Shepard
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    Thank you for explaining the difference between marriage counseling and couples therapy. They do seem very similar, so it was difficult for me to distinguish the two! I appreciate your comments on marriage counseling being more focused on how to develop solutions. I will keep this in mind for the future.

  2. Kenneth Gladman
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    That is really interesting that you mentioned how couples counseling and marriage counseling differs in their focus. I feel like I have always been fearful of committing and it has been an issue for a while. I just started a dating a girl that I really like but still have those fears. Maybe seeing a counselor could help me manage these feelings.

  3. Lisa
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    Marriage is not a guarantee that someone will stay with you forever they will eventually leave no matter what you both have shared together. I have been married for 18 years now and never in one day has my husband treat me with with no love until our 15th year. He was seeing another woman and thought i won’t know about it, he kept this for me for five months and each time i ask him about it he would denial it and after a while we were separated and later he filled for a divorce. I couldn’t believe it would come to this, i kept oping he would change his mind but he didn’t. I needed help so bad cause i didn’t want to loose my husband and i didn’t want my kids to grow up without their dad. I met a prophetess who was restoring love back to how it was, and so i made contact and explained what i was going through to him, she asked me to wait for two weeks time and everything will be solved, i did what was asked of me and waited. After two weeks time my husband came home asking me to forgive him for what e did and he wanted to be family again and wants the divorce cancelled. I’m so grateful for the help and i want to tell the world about her, you can contact her

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