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Helping couples avoid separation by recognizing problems,
admitting mistakes and working through issues are the main goals of
relationship counselors. The job of a marriage counselor is to reconcile
couples in matrimony who no longer get along for a variety of reasons, which
can be anything from infidelity to financial discourse. To facilitate a working
relationship, marriage counselors analyze several major aspects of a marriage
and the issues that may arise in different areas such as:
Each partner in a monogamous relationship such as a marriage
often has friends outside of the marriage circle. Sometimes these external
relationships cause problems such as jealousy, irritation and even a wondering
eye. Individuals unhappy with their marriage may use it as an excuse to commit
By learning more about each individual partner’s friends,
their views about those friends and how each partner feels the friends
influence the relationship, the marriage counselor is able to determine if any these
friendships are causing harm to the marriage. Alternately, couples who lack
adequate social contact should be encouraged to seek it, as befriending others
and engaging in separate interests is healthy.
Working outside the home is common in marriages, but
becoming too involved in work can become a problem for one or more persons in a
partnership. In the case of couples who both work outside the home, the marriage
counselor must look for signs of resentment or feelings of an imbalance that
either may hold. The feelings of inequality may be a result of differences in
salary or opposite working hours.
Sex is a vital part of any relations, especially a marriage,
and love and trust are equally as important. An imbalance of either one or the
other may cause a dysfunction in the relationship. Intimacy in its true meaning relates to how
couples connect on a personal and spiritual level. Marriage counselors must look
for negative psychological factors that may affect sexual and emotional
intimacy. Mental disorders and other issues may also cause marital problems.
Family, including children of the married couple and in-laws,
affect a marriage in many ways. Children can be a great strain on a marriage,
especially if the parents have different parenting styles. Marriage counselors
must reconcile any issues relating to childrearing before the marriage can
become healthy once again.
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