We all know a couple in trouble, scheduling marriage counseling sessions to help find the root of the problems in their marriage and help open up the lines of communication. For some, it works, and for others, it validates their split. So, what is the key to a happy, successful marriage and when is it time to start searching for a marriage counselor near you?

Join us today as we discuss several times your marriage could benefit from effective couple’s counseling. At Inner Source, Dr. Beth Firestein specializes in helping couples at any stage of their relationship become a closer, stronger couple. If any of the situations we discuss today apply to your relationship, contact our office to make an appointment.

When you are thinking about coming out.

If you are coming out, it can be a stressful time in your life. You may be wondering how your roles and expectations may change. We suggest you seek the guidance of an experienced LBGTQIA counselor to help mentor and coach you through the process. However, this becomes increasingly important if you are coming out with your first partner. Not only will you be dealing with the feelings and emotions of coming out, but you will be attempting to manage a new relationship. These external stressors can put a great deal of undue strain on your relationship. Stave off any problems by seeking the input of a trusted couple’s counselor. This is sure to improve your relationship.

When you realize it is a relationship.

We are not suggesting you call to schedule an appointment as soon as you decide to introduce each other as the other’s other half or make the relationship social media official. But, if you are in a relationship with someone who you think has the potential to be your spouse, enlist the services of a couple’s counselor. An experienced counselor can help open the lines of communication and discover whether or not you are compatible for the long run. Your counselor can help you address the fundamentals of your relationship that can improve longevity. By getting things out in the open from the get-go, you can build a solid foundation for your future to build on.

Prior to engaging in wedded bliss.

You got it, premarital counseling. Premarital counseling can help strengthen your existing relationship and create a setting for a long, happy marriage. Many people are so swept up in the passion and excitement of an engagement that they tend to overlook red flags. An experienced premarital counselor will help identify small issues and help resolve them before they become conflicts. They can help guide you through the various aspects of marriage to help make it more successful.

When issues arise.

This is what most people think of when they think about marriage counseling — conflict resolution marriage counseling. Before small issues become divorce-bidding problems, seek out the professional mediation that a marriage counselor can offer. An experienced therapist is able to offer neutral, external insight as to the root of your marital problems and how you and your spouse can rectify them. Many couples are so overwhelmed and vulnerable at this stage in a relationship, it is easy to have problems manifest as jealousy and anger. Help your relationship overcome challenges with the help of a marriage counselor.

In the event of a trauma.

Your spouse is the one you lean on — in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad. However, there are traumatic events in life that can tear even the strongest couples apart. Grief can be isolating, and when both spouses are consumed by grief, instead of coming together, they can pull apart. This is a natural reaction. Each spouse wants to not burden the other with their grief, and each may begin to perceive the other as a bad partner who does not care about or understand their feelings. A grief counselor can help each spouse process their grief and overcome the trauma both as individuals and as a couple.

If you are in a relationship or even thinking about a relationship, you can enlist the expertise of an experienced marriage counselor to help you see things more clearly and help make your relationships stronger and more successful. If you live in Northern Colorado, you can trust Dr. Beth Firestein. She has more than 30 years of experience helping Loveland couples build strong foundations. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.