Marriage counseling and couples therapy are different. At least, many in the business try to make a distinction. But they overlap so much, you probably wouldn’t notice. Adding to the confusion is the fact that we all use the terms interchangeably. You’ll want to understand the differences so that your expectations get met and you improve your chances for success. You will also want to check with your insurance to see what they will pay for and what they won’t.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. All therapists, if they know what they’re doing, help you to alter how the two of you relate, creating healthier patterns.
Marriage counseling vs couples therapy? The terms, along with marital therapy and others, are used interchangeably everywhere, and on this website. Same with counselor and therapist. Don’t let it bother you.
The Advantages of, and Resistance to, Couples Therapy
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|||^||Raymond L. Richmond, PhD, “Psychology: Clinical and Counseling – and Licensure,” July 13, 2011, guidetopsychology.com|
|||^||“Relationship Counseling,” July 14, 2011, Wikipedia.org|
|||^||Terence Patterson, Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy, Vol. 2: Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, John Wiley & Sons, 2002. P. 366.|