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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)

Considering Counseling

Main reasons couples seek counseling (2)

Unidentified issue, otherwise happy 22%
Poor communication 19%
Not getting along with each other’s families 16%
Feeling contempt toward each other 11%
Not feeling attraction anymore 9%
Other 10%

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:

  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Sociology

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.

SOURCES

  1. http://www.apa.org
  2. https://www.statisticbrain.com
  3. https://www.liveabout.com
  4. https://couplestherapyinc.com
  5. https://www.bls.gov
  6. https://money.usnews.com

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