marriage counseling: couple after arguingThe break of a relationship is a painful experience. Who starts a marriage expecting to divorce? Yet significant percentage of marriages end eventually in a divorce.

So what does it take to insulate your relationship from series of choices that bring the relationship to an end?

Professionals agree that to value and prioritize the relationship and consistently nurturing the relationship (quality time, dates, and improved communication) help improve a relationship. Reading quality books on relationship building may also be a great investment.

Deciding to divorce is usually a process. When one or both partners have accumulated numerous hurts, disappointments and unresolved issues they may go from lack of forgiveness and lack reconciliation to bitterness and resentment and they distance themselves emotionally. It is crucial to address hurt feelings and disagreements early on. When partners develop effective ways to negotiate, compromise and communicate, their relationship become healthy and strong, and they are able to withstand the inevitable stressors and challenges of marriage.

If your marriage is struggling make it a priority to deal with the issues that are hurting your relationship. Marriage counseling may very well be what can help save your marriage.

Dr. Baya Mebarek, Psy.D., LMFT

San Diego Couples and Family Therapy serves the surrounding areas of Sorrento Valley Road as La Jolla, UTC San Diego, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, University City and Escondido.