When you understand your expectations from a couple’s counseling, then it will be easier for you to make a decision so as to know if you are heading in the right direction or not with your partner. Here are some of your expectations during those sessions.
When to Go: Any time is the best for you to start attending counseling, provided you agree with your spouse. Also, base on the availability of the therapist. When inquiring about scheduling, ensure that you confirm the finances required, whether from your pocket or insurance.
First Appointment: Intake appointment is usually scheduled so as to be enabled to complete the required paperwork, reviewing confidentiality limits and also filling insurance forms if acceptable. You may get to know the counselor and also be able to answer initial questions that you may have. Sessions can be scheduled in regard to your convenience.
Ongoing Sessions: Sessions are normally carried out in several ways. Most of the counselors will prefer to schedule those sessions where both couples attend together. Though some sessions will be preferred to be carried out individually or rather separately with the wife and the husband. These separate sessions provide an opportunity for the couple to share their concerns without pressure of feeling the presence of their spouse. It also allows more freedom so as to express your feelings.
Ending therapy: The duration of counseling sessions may last even a year depending largely on what issues the couples are dealing with. Issues such as pornography, infidelity, substance abuse and other critical issues, may require a lot of time to get back the trust in a relationship. It is only fair to terminate the counseling when both partners together with the therapist agree that the objectives and goals intended have been met.
Follow up: Often, couple counselors and qualified marriage counselors will take the responsibility of calling so as to check on how couples are fairing on, months after the therapy. If a need arises, couples should feel free to visit the counselor so as issues can be sorted out.
When couples and therapist have these expectations and follow them to their completion the process turns out to fruition.