Marriage counseling is helpful when your relationship is in trouble, but in my Manhattan marriage counseling practice I find that many couples discover it’s invaluable as they head toward a major life transition. Looking forward to the birth of your first child? Is the empty nest around the corner? Wondering about life together in retirement?
Life transitions are predictable periods of vulnerability in a marriage if you don’t approach them in an intentional way, you’ll find yourself paddling furiously and feeling distant from or resentful of your spouse. If instead you give yourself some runway, you and your partner can bring creative thinking to this next stage in your relationship.
A new life stage brings worries, right? Things have been good up to now and you don’t want to ruin them Warnings from well-intentioned friends can leave you wondering what you’re getting into. Will you lose touch with each other after the baby comes? Will you know what to say to each other after you drop your youngest off at college? Will your retired spouse expect your company for lunch?
A life transition also presents opportunity. Marriage counseling provides an emotionally safe space to express your concerns, gain research-based tools and insights, and compare notes on how you’d like to approach this next stage together. Discover how to strengthen your teamwork as your life together changes.
In busy, noisy NYC, a professional marriage counselor offers a peaceful, reflective space where you can deepen your relationship. In our sessions you can your personal stories, values, and dreams and explore ways these can shape your next chapter. As your big change comes, you can flourish as individuals and as a couple.