What to Expect at Your First Couples Counseling Appointment

What to Expect at Your First Couples Counseling Session

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You might think, “What will is couples counseling like?” or “Will I be antagonized by the therapist or my spouse?” You also may be skeptical of couples therapy even working for your relationship. A lot of fears and stigmas that stem from the idea of couples counseling are often put to rest after a couple attends their first therapy session. Learn how.

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How do I approach my spouse about couples counseling

How to Approach Your Spouse About Couples Counseling

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If your relationship with your spouse (or significant other) seems to be crumbling, you may be considering couples counseling to sort through your distress. You might be wondering, “How do I suggest therapy without upsetting my partner?” Wanting to get therapy is a big leap for some, which means it could be a sensitive topic for both you and your partner. If you are unsure of how to approach your spouse with the idea of couples counseling, follow these tips to help you discuss counseling with your significant other.

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Signs You Should Try Couples Counseling

4 Signs You Should Try Couples Counseling

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No relationship is perfect, and everyone faces issues when married, dating, or living together. But what if things have taken a turn for the worst for you and your partner? Do you feel like you are at your wits end trying to make the relationship work? If so, couples’ therapy may benefit your relationship, and help conquer some of the challenges that have caused you emotional pain and suffering between you and your significant other.

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Woman in white nurses uniform, holding a yellow awareness ribbon for suicide prevention month.

September is suicide prevention month

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We are well into September now, and Fall is upon us. It can mean many things like cooler weather, back to school, and day light hours getting shorter and shorter. September is also Suicide Prevention Month. With the high profile death by suicides that occurred this past summer with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, our society is still mourning the loss of these very public passings.

Suicide is a very hard thing to understand to most of us. We have so many questions, and the answers are not always available to us. Especially if we have been affected by suicide, often our questions will remain unanswered because our loved ones are now gone.

Are their warning signs, or illnesses that might predispose someone to suicide? It is often hard to pinpoint what someone is going through internally, but some say if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or have had suicide in your family you could be more likely to have suicidal ideation.

Other social factors not to be overlooked are feeling overwhelmed with the state of our politics/economic turmoil. Experiencing financial burdens or stressors. Going through a divorce, or losing a job can also be triggers. Most often there is an intense feeling of hopelessness and helplessness felt by the individual. They often see no solution whatsoever for their current situation.

One key factor in preventing suicide is to speak openly about it. It is not something that should be hidden, or kept a secret. The more we talk about it, the more we can do to help and prevent it. Providing a safe environment around suicide, is important in understanding it and getting those at risk the help they need.

If you or someone you know is suffering, you can refer them to Biltmore Psychology and Counseling if you are local to Arizona. Or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource. They have a national number to call

1800-273-8255

and their website has great information.

How to start a conversation about suicide

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Recently we have had a few tragedies in the media, with the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It brings to light again, a topic that is so tough to talk about and often too late. Many of us know someone who has lost their lives to suicide, or has been deeply impacted by the act of suicide. Today we’re watching a Ted Talk by Jeremy Forbes about, How to start a conversation about suicide.

If you or a loved one are having thoughts about hurting themselves or others, we encourage you to call the Empact Crisis Line 1800-273-8255