Long-term relationships can be hard work – as a couple grows and evolves together, you will learn new things about yourselves and each other and find that there are some areas of your life together that you need a bit of help navigating. Seeking help doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve encountered problems, though – maybe you just want to know how to best approach certain issues in a healthy and productive way to avoid problems down the line. Going to see a professional marriage counsellor can be a great way to ensure that you both get helpful, personalised and compassionate advice.
With the help of a qualified, experienced marriage counsellor, both newlyweds and long-term partners can achieve the peace and happiness they deserve. We understand that seeking out a marriage counsellor can be daunting, especially if you are grappling with raw emotions and marriage troubles. So, what should you be looking for in a marriage counsellor?
In this article, we’ll discuss what makes an excellent marriage counsellor, as well as a helpful guide to some of Canberra’s best.
What makes a great marriage counsellor?
Your relationship is important. You want to give your marriage the best chance to succeed, and you want to find a counsellor you can trust, so it’s essential to decide on the right marriage counsellor. Here are a few traits we suggest keeping an eye out for:
- Experience. Many marriages fracture under the weight of the same pain-points, whether that be related to finances, infidelity, or family issues. Experienced marriage counsellors have seen it all, and can equip you and your spouse with effective, actionable ways to get back on track.
- Specialist knowledge. Couples’ therapy and family therapy are specialised fields of psychology – look for a counsellor that specialises in these areas so that you know you’re getting the most qualified help possible.
- Reliability. Make sure that you can rely on your counsellor to be available to you, provide you with accurate advice and understand your particular situation – all of these things are paramount to building a trusting and safe environment in your sessions.
- Compassion and understanding. The best marriage counsellors have a way of understanding both sides of the story – they communicate with compassion and never judge. If you don’t feel like you can completely trust your counsellor to handle your issues with care and consideration, then they probably aren’t the one for you.
Is there anything else you look for when selecting a psychologist or counsellor? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
The best marriage counsellors in Canberra
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The team of registered and clinical psychologists at Strategic Psychology is dedicated to providing you and your partner with the best care possible. They recognise that strong relationships or marriages are a significant part of living a healthy, meaningful life, but that achieving this can sometimes take hard work and considerate advice. In your sessions at Strategic Psychology, expect qualified advice on things like communication issues, lack or loss of trust, navigating life changes, and even pre-marital counselling.
Google reviewer Michael Wroblewski wrote the following about their experience with Strategic Psychology, “Psychologist was fantastic, I got more out of the session than I had hoped for. Reception staff were very friendly and helpful.”
Canberra Psychology Clinic offers a team of enthusiastic, compassionate, and understanding clinical psychologists. Providing assessments and evidence-based treatments for individuals of all ages, select psychologists at Canberra Psychology Clinic specialise in relationship and marriage support for couples at all stages of their relationship.
As Google reviewer Robert Bednarik writes, “Exceptional. I’ve been going there for 5 years. Fantastic, caring, expert and dedicated staff.”
Therapies at the Karuna Centre specialises in individual, family and marriage counselling, and their unique approach shows deep commitment to making sure that you and your partner will receive the most thought-out and personalised care. With the consent of the clients, the therapists at the Karuna Centre work collaboratively with each other to ensure that they are giving the best advice they can, and sometimes have more than one therapist in one session to help resolve particularly complex issues. For example, they can offer marriage counselling with a male and female counsellor for those couples who feel that a gender balance will make them feel more comfortable.
Google reviewer Michael Davies wrote the following about their experience with Therapies at the Karuna Centre, “Greg is an exceptional counsellor with many years of experience. I have been to others in the past and when it comes to reflecting on personal history and difficult relationship, Greg is the best in the business.”
Respect, honesty, and compassion – that’s what the team behind JMA Psychology Canberra can guarantee when you work with them to improve your marriage. Specialising in relationship and family problems, the experienced psychologists at JMA offer a listening ear, practical skills, and a new perspective on you and your partner’s situations.
As Facebook user Simon Ferguson writes in their review, “Best ever! Kind, caring and so subtly sharp. Recommend highly.”
Are you looking for more recommendations for counsellors and therapists? Check out our articles on the best child psychologists and the best counselling services in Canberra for some helpful information.
Your experience with marriage counsellors in Canberra
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Have you worked with a marriage counsellor? How did you find the experience? Share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.