CHRIS COLASUONNO, LCSW-R, MBA, CASAC
Couples counseling and marriage therapy can be effective ways to improveyour relationship with your significant other and family members. Chris Colasuonno, LCSW, has treated and counseled many couples and marriages in Putnam and Westchester Counties with common problems and has moved them to solutions.
Many times, we are not taught how to have healthy relationships. If you saw your parents have a close and healthy relationship, you are more likely to model yourself after this healthy behavior. Conversely, if your household was filled with fights and arguments, chances are you can take these past patterns of behavior into any future relationship. Many relationship challenges today spring from unresolved issues from the past, which is why we use cognitive behavioral therapy to address these issues.
If the past behaviors were unhealthy, counseling could be a beneficial part of your healing process. Counseling can teach you how to communicate effectively and how to empathize while understanding your partner and your own needs and feelings. It can also help you identify when you are “transferring” some other issues from your past relationships to your current ones, such as codependency. Once these past issues are processed and worked through, you may not transfer them on to your partner.
Counseling is a cost-effective and safe way to work on any relationship issue. When a person decides to work with a counselor, they are investing both time and money for the ability to have a better quality of life. More than 50% of all marriages and relationships are failing in today’s world, and the cost of divorce is enormous. Besides thousands given to divorce lawyers and the emotional burden of a relationship in trouble, the cost to any children involved is incalculable. The small investment made in counseling can yield emotional well-being while also saving financial resources.
As parents go through the changing divorce/relationship process, children become vulnerable, and symptoms indicate how well they can cope with this change. Some notable symptoms include isolation, failing grades, introverted personality, anxiety, or depression. Counseling can help smooth the transition between relationships.
To help put the cost of couples counseling in perspective, few things you can buy will give you the same quality of life that a healthy relationship can. If you and your significant other love each other and can meet each other’s important emotional needs, you’ll be able to have a prosperous future together. The money you spend to resolve your marital/relationship problems is money well spent.
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