Marriage Counseling in Metro New Orleans
Behavioral Health Counseling & Consultants
Are you looking for marriage counseling in metro New Orleans?
If you are, that’s OK. You’re not alone.
Sometimes yours and your spouse’s “happily ever after” doesn’t look like what you originally envisioned. And the truth is, there’s no wonder why there’s a difference between your initial expectations and your current reality!
During the wedding planning stage, you and your spouse were anticipating living the rest of your lives together at the height of excitement in your relationship. But after you said “I do” and the honeymoon phase ended, real life set in.
You might have stress from work, be so busy raising children you have a hard time focusing on your relationship with your spouse, or be worried about your family’s finances.
While all these marriage stressors are normal, they’re also a good reason to meet with one of our marriage counselors to help focus on your relationship with your spouse, reprioritize your lives together, and learn better communication skills that help stop fights before they start. And for some, marriage counseling is an absolute must after a marriage crisis such as a spouse with an addiction or a spouse who has been unfaithful.
We Provide Marriage Counseling For Couples Throughout Metro New Orleans
Our counselors work with married couples throughout the New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner areas to help strengthen and improve marriages. We believe in the institution of marriage, and our goal is to help you and your spouse resolve any issues you may have in your marriage and achieve true marital bliss.
What You Can Expect
When you come to our practice for marriage counseling, you can expect to be matched with a professional, ethical marriage counselor who wants to see your marriage succeed. He or she will work diligently to build rapport with you and your spouse so you feel comfortable discussing the stressors in your marriage.
You can also expect your marriage counselor to be impartial. Your counselor isn’t in the counseling room to pick a side between the two of you, but rather, to help facilitate a healthy dialogue between you two, share proven steps for resolving marital crises and rebuilding trust in a marriage, and teach you and your spouse how to better understand each other and communicate with one another.
In some cases, our marriage counselors may feel that you and your spouse will also benefit from individual counseling in addition to marriage counseling. In this case, your marriage counselor can refer you each to separate counselors in our practice, or if you or your marriage counselor feels it’s necessary, refer you to a licensed psychotherapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Greater New Orleans area.
Rest assured, everything you and your spouse say during your marriage counseling session will stay within the walls of your counseling room. Our marriage counselors only discuss your sessions with somebody else is if you have both given us your written consent to discuss your case with a third party.
Assisting Engaged Couples with Pre-Marital Counseling
If you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, you definitely need to add pre-marital counseling to your wedding to-do list! Pre-marriage counseling is extremely helpful for engaged couples (and sometimes required if you’re getting married in a church), and often helps brides and grooms-to-be think about and discuss issues that arise during a marriage that they may not have thought about before.
Common topics covered during pre-marital counseling sessions include:
- Learning how to communicate with your soon-to-be spouse without fighting, especially after your post-nuptial “honeymoon phase” has worn off (and how to resolve fights in a productive way when they do eventually happen).
- Discussing whether or not you will combine finances, and based on this decision, how you’ll manage money in your marriage (this is extremely important because money fights and money problems are the #1 cause of divorce in the United States).
- Thinking about whether or not you plan to have children, and if so, sharing and brainstorming on your philosophies and expectations for raising children, such as how will you will discipline your future children, will one spouse stay home with the children, and more.
If you’re part of what is known as the “sandwich generation,” discussing if and how you will care for and support your aging parents if they need help during their retirement years.
Contact Us Today for a Happier, Healthier Marriage
Our New Orleans marriage counselors are ready to help you and your spouse have a happy and successful marriage.
We have a few ways you can reach us to learn more about our counseling practice and schedule an initial appointment with a marriage counselor. First, you can fill out our contact form to ask any questions or explain your marital situation, and we’ll respond promptly by email. Alternatively, you can call us to discuss your counseling needs at (504) 302-7771.
Whatever your reason for seeking marriage counseling, remember, the counselors at New Orleans’ Behavioral Health Counseling and Consulting are here to help!