Keeping the Knot Tied – A Look at Marriage Counseling
Marriage isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s hard work. For many, marriage counseling is a necessary tool for maintaining a healthy, happy, loving relationship.
Love and Marriage
While more than 90% of people in Western cultures get married before they turn 50, 40%-50% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. (1) Marriage counseling, however, can help turn things around.
75% – Percentage of couples who say they are better off after marriage counseling (2)
Main reasons couples seek counseling (2)
|Unidentified issue, otherwise happy||22%|
|Not getting along with each other’s families||16%|
|Feeling contempt toward each other||11%|
|Not feeling attraction anymore||9%|
Picking up Good Habits
In marriage counseling, couples learn: (3)
- How to resolve issues in a healthy way
- Crucial communication skills
- How to be assertive without being offensive
- How to work through unresolved, lingering issues
- More about each other to strengthen bonds
It All Starts With a Quality Counselor
When searching for a marriage counselor, consider their … (4)
… experience counseling married couples.
… session length, as studies show that the most effective length for one marriage counseling session is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
… observation, communication and leadership skills.
The Right Stuff
Most marriage counselors possess a master’s degree in family and marriage counseling or psychology with a license to practice in their particular state.
First, they earn their bachelor’s degree in one of the following concentrations:
- Social work
23% – Job outlook for 2016-2026, which is much higher than average (5)
$49,170 – Median salary for marriage counselors (6)
Learn more about the online family counseling degree at UWA.