Online Marriage Counseling

by Sally R. Connolly, LCSW, LMFT and John E. Turner, LCSW, LMFT

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Debbie and Denny have trouble finding someone to watch their young children. Debbie has been having an emotional affair with a guy at work which bothers Denny a lot but child care, finding a therapist with flexible hours and coming up with the money for everything is very expensive. Online marriage counseling may be the answer for Debbie and Denny.

Ron and Kathy live in a rural community and have few qualified marriage counselors around. Ron has been having an online connection with an old girlfriend through face book and Kathy is frightened about losing her marriage. Online marriage counseling may be the answer for them.

Tom is a police officer on third shift and Lucy works first shift. This is the easiest way to care for the children but leaves little time to talk about their distance from each other and Tom‘s friendship with his partner. Online marriage counseling may be the answer for Tom and Lucy.

All three of these couples need help for their marriage but lots of things stand in the way of getting the help that they want. For each of them, online marriage counseling may be a good place to receive help for their marriage.

Online marriage counseling can be an invaluable tool for some couples. A competent, licensed, professional marriage counselor can share practical suggestions that might include homework of reading, tests or exercises, conversations to have with each other, suggested downloads or audios, watching videos or movies.

While working online through email, chat or phone might seem awkward or uncomfortable for some, it seems very natural for others. For couples who might not have the ability to get to a good and experienced therapist, it offers the opportunity to develop a better understanding of themselves and their relationship and learn new ways of working together that can help them solve difficult problems.

How Does Online Marriage Counseling Work?

There are several ways that we provide online marriage counseling through Counseling Relationships Online. We provide relationship help through email, chat or by phone (with or without a video camera).

With email online marriage counseling, we will want to work with both people at the same time, while possibly asking for one or two private individual emails.

Partners each take turns emailing one of us. We will then respond openly in an email to both partners addressing the concerns. Once we have a handle on your particular problem and what you would like to achieve, then the we can begin to offer ideas to help you move out of a “stuck spot” and back to a healthier place.

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Online marriage counseling through email exchanges continues in this manner until you feel that you are at a better spot or have resolved the problem that you began with.

  The benefits of email therapy, for online marriage counseling, are that it can be as short or enduring as you would like. As we address issues, you may decide you want to "go deeper" and we can easily do that by continuing with email or even adding chat sessions to the mix.

The point is, you are in the driver's seat. If one email gives you the information you need to resolve the presenting problem, that is great! If you think that you want several emails, you may choose to purchase a package.

Chat therapy involves email but with the added advantage of instant replies and ongoing conversation. If you are interested in this form if therapy, we will invite you to log on to a secure chat room where we can exchange emails about your questions and concerns.

Through phone counseling, with or without a video camera, we have the opportunity to talk in real time about your concerns. With a phone session, you can be in the privacy and comfort of your own home or private space and consult with a professional therapist who can help you determine a direction to take to begin solving your problems. Together, we will arrange for a protected and encrypted phone line.

Online Counseling Can Help Couples Survive Infidelity

You may be wondering if online counseling can help any problem that couples experience. The answer is that nothing works for everyone but this can be a very effective way to help many with some of the typical problems that couples experience, including affairs.

You are not alone and we have helped a lot of people with a lot of problems. There are not many problems that we have not seen. We have been doing this, successfully, for very many years.

Affairs are traumatic for couples; however, they can be worked through and many couples come away from counseling with us saying that their marriage is even better than before the affair. Somehow, the affair was a “wake-up call” for them and their relationship.

Feelings of falling out of love happen in many relationships, and it happens for a variety of reasons. These are often the reason given for why affairs begin. We have helped others learn how to work through and change their feelings.

Resolving ambivalence about marriage is also a problem that we see in our office and online. This is a very normal feeling and happens for many reasons, some of which are often related to the normal growing stages of a marriage.

We Can Even Work With "Half of a Couple"

We have also worked with “half of a couple” and are available to help you develop strategies for living with and helping a spouse who has problems with issues such as alcohol, depression and staying faithful in a marriage. We know, and hopefully you do as well, that you cannot change another person. There are ways, however, to think, talk and act differently around a problem experienced by another. When you change, so do others around you.

We have some clear and specific things that you can do for yourself as you evaluate your relationship and what to do.  Contact us and let us begin.

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