Building and maintaining healthy families takes time and skills. Often those skills do not come naturally. At Briggins Counseling, we value family!!! As an expert on your family, our counselors partner with you in taking your family to a healthier place.
Our services include:
- Premarital Counseling
- Marriage and Couple Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Divorce and Recovery Counseling
Premarital counseling provides a couple with the opportunity to assess and identify the strengths and needs of both individuals in the relationship. Premarital counseling gives you the time to build lifelong skills that will strengthen not only your marriage, but your life in general.
Romantic movies tell us that when two people are in love, “Happily Ever After” will automatically follow. When a relationship is new and exciting, it is easy to see only the good and to ignore the things you do not want to see.
Inevitably, every couple faces conflict at some point in their marriage. It is important to strengthen your relationship by preparing for future challenges. While your relationship is young, developing communication and conflict management skills now can prepare you for the future. Without this foundation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressures of everyday life.
PreMarital Counseling includes (but is not limited to) the following topics .. .
- Values and Goal alignment
- Communication Skills
- Essential Emotional Intimacy Needs
- Conflict Management
- Stages of Relationship Development
- Stress Management
- How to set my Partner up to Win
MARRIAGE AND COUPLE COUNSELING
Often we feel helpless, and reaching out for help is a daunting task, but when we are saying, “I’m tired of feeling this way; I want my relationship(s) to get better, we are here to help.
Marriage counseling is different from individual counseling. In individual counseling, the person receives counseling by themselves, and the focus is on the issues concerning his and her thinking, his and her feelings, and his and her own issues.
In marital counseling, the focus is on the couple and their interactions or what could be better described as “the dance”. In counseling the “marriage” is seen as “the client,” rather than two individuals. The dance can become harmful when it is characterized with hurt, frustration, distrust, and continuous arguments. Counseling helps identify, explore, and understand the influences of each partner on the other. Once they identify their part in the dance, helping them make conscious changes in the relationship patterns becomes the focus. When partners in relationships are able to accept their part and work in a cooperative fashion towards improving the relationship, health and healing can take place.
The stresses of modern family life, family crisis’s, and/or mental health challenges for one or more family members, can bring a family to a point where professional help is needed.
While it may feel initially like admitting defeat or failure, actually, choosing family counseling can be a big step forward. You can learn new ways to communicate, to work through problems, as well as learn how to relate to one another.
If your family is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, we are here to help.
- Do you feel an “energy drain” in your family? Things that used to be routine and normal are now burdensome?
- Do members of your family exhibit excessive anger, fear, sadness, depression or other emotional reactions?
- Do you find it harder to communicate than usual?
- Do you feel that you have reached the end of your rope?
- Is coping with the stresses just too much to bear?
- Do you wonder if your family will ever recover?
- Has there been a death in the family? A divorce or separation? An affair?
- Are there challenges with alcohol or drug use?
DIVORCE AND RECOVERY COUNSELING
This commitment to making a marriage work by both partners does not always take place. Marriage counseling does not prevent divorce. One partner alone cannot “hold the marriage together”. If divorce is ultimately chosen, it can take place with the least negative impact upon the partners, families, and especially upon the children of divorce.
Professional counseling can help with transition planning for individuals and families through this most difficult time.