Before you begin screening marriage counselors to help you saveyour marriage, you MUST consider the potential drawbacks ofmarriage counseling so you can get all your facts straightFIRST. This article will help you avoid making a costly mistakethat could not only set you back financially...but cost you yourmarriage as well. In July of 1999, at a conference for professional marriagecounselors, a credible marriage counselor by the name of Dr.William J. Doherty, gave a shocking report on the state ofmarriage counseling to his fellow professionals. According to Doherty, most marriage counseling is HAZARDOUS,not helpful to your marriage. Therapy-based, American style marriage counseling (practiced bymost marriage counselors) can actually do more HARM than good inyour marriage. All hope is NOT lost however, for the rising number ofstruggling couples. There ARE more effective alternatives tomarriage counseling - they are so effective in fact that evenprofessional marriage counselors are admitting that couplesneed MARRIAGE EDUCATION more than they do marriage therapy. In June of 1999, USA Today reported that, "Even fans ofmarriage counseling are saying disturbing things. Researchshows that it doesn't work as well as we once thought and itmight not last." That report reinforce the research that showsa great majority of marriage counselors conducting therapy havehad no formal training at all. This research further documented that two years after coupleswent through marriage counseling, 25% of the couples were WORSEOFF than before they started the therapy. Up to 38% of them actually divorced. Perhaps what's even more shocking is the fact that therapistswho actually work with COUPLES, are in the minority. 80% of all private practice marriage counselors in the U.S. saythey conduct marriage therapy, yet only 12% are in a professionthat requires them to take EVEN ONE course on dealing withcouples. If you ask marriage counselors about their approach, the vastmajority will tell you that they find working with individualsmuch more "productive" than working with couples. Dr. William J. Doherty stated, "Couples therapy is the mostdifficult therapy of all because every session starts with thethreat of divorce". After training marriage counselors for a living, in his 1999address at the conference for professional marriage counselors,Dr. Doherty called the methods of marriage counselors,"Hazardous to your marital health." He established four ways that marriage counselors have producedDESTRUCTIVE outcomes in marriages. According to Doherty, there are four ways marriage counselorscan do more harm than good in your marriage... 1. By being incompetent 2. By being neutral 3. By pathologizing (telling you why your marriage is "sick") 4. By being overtly undermining (attempting to break up themarriage) INCOMPETENT: In the case of incompetent marriage counselors,the counselor has not been trained to work with couplestogether. They believe working with two people is an expandedversion of working with one, but it is not. An individual iseasy to listen to, but a battling couple is not. Working withcouples requires skill, structure and a very different approachthan one-on-one therapy. NEUTRAL: These marriage counselors, Doherty claims, are notneutral about marriage at all. When a counselor appears to beneutral, but actually takes sides with the more self-orientedspouse, they are undermining the marriage. "When a counseloruses the language of individual self interests, it undercutsthe moral commitment that is owed to the marriage." Dohertystated. PATHOLOGIZING: Pathologizing is when marriage counselors builda case insisting that the couple has a "sick" relationship.They actually ENCOURAGE couples to get a divorce by sayingthings like, "Why SHOULD YOU hang in there? Why be a victim?"These marriage counselors make couples believe that they'rebeing abused, which causes both spouses to draw their onlyconclusion: "If the professional thinks this is over, then Ishould too." UNDERMINING: While telling couples what they should do isagainst the code of ethics of the American Association forMarriage and Family Therapy, many therapists still do it. Thesetherapists say phrases like, "You should probably end thismarriage." or, "If you're going to stay sane, you should moveout." Undermining therapists urge husbands and wives to severtheir relationships with family members and spouses. If you're looking for a good marriage counselor, Dr. Dohertyurges you to ask questions first. Learn about the therapists'values by asking questions like these: 1. Are you self taught, workshop-trained or college educated inworking with couples? Bad Answer: College educated. Good Answer: Self taught or workshop trained and they speakconvincingly about how their program saves marriages. 2. What is your attitude about saving a troubled marriage vs.helping a couple break up? Bad Answer: "It's not my decision. Couples have to make theirown decision." (This is an evasive answer...not a good sign.) Good Answer: "I help couples find ways to stay together andhelp them understand and overcome their problems." 3. Where do you stand when one spouse wants to stay and theother wants a divorce? Bad Answer: "I try to get people to understand their ownfeelings." (This is a focus on the individual, NOT the couple.)Good Answer: "This is normally what I see with couples. I haveways to help them both handle this in positive ways." 4. What percentage of your practice involves both husband andwife? Bad Answer: "I find working with husbands and wivesindividually to be more practical." Good Answer: "All of it. When both people are with me andfollowing my process, I find they have the greatest successrate." 5. Of all the couples you treat, what percentage stay marriedand have a better marriage in the end? Bad Answer: "100%" or "I don't keep that type of information." Good Answer: About 70 to 80% stay happily married, while therest drop out of my process and are unwilling to finish. The difference in the answers you receive from marriagecounselors is the feeling you get when you talk with them. Badanswers feel evasive or vague while good answers are confidentand positive. Now that you know the right questions to ask, you canconfidently screen marriage counselors, separating the GOODfrom the bad. But if you're hesitant about bringing a marriagecounselor into your marriage, as Dr. Doherty suggested,marriage education might be the answer you're looking for.About the Author: Want to get back on track with the one youlove? Find out if you’re already on the "Secret Path" toDivorce and learn how to stay off it forever. Get your FREESpecial Report athttp://www.stopyourdivorcein4weeks.com/secret.html.Source: http://www.isnare.com
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