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Marital Therapy

Couples counseling is the process of counseling the parties of a relationship in an effort to recognize and to better manage or reconcile troublesome differences and prevent repeating patterns of distress.


Before the relationship between the individuals can begin to be understood, it is important for all to recognize and acknowledge that everyone involved has a unique personality and background. Sometimes the individuals in the relationship adhere to different value systems. Institutional and societal variables (like the social, religious, group and other collective factors) which shape a person’s nature, and behavior must be recognized. A tenet of “relationship counseling” is that:


It is intrinsically beneficial for all the participants to interact with each other with the least conflict possible.


Occasionally the relationship gets ‘strained’, which means that they are not functioning at the optimum extent. There are many possible reasons for this, including ego, arrogance, jealousy, anger, greed, etc. Often it is an interaction between two or more factors, and frequently it is not just one of the people who are involved that exhibits such traits.


Some say the only viable solution to the problem of setting these relationships back on track is to reorient the individuals’ perceptions – how one looks at or responds to situations. This implies that they make some fundamental changes in their attitudes – much easier said than done. The next step is to adopt conscious structural changes to their inter-personal relationships.


The duty and function of a relationship counselor is to listen, understand and facilitate a better understanding between those involved. The basic principles involved are:


Non-judgment on any of the issues or incidents discussed

Confidentiality of the persons being given the counseling

All Hope Counseling Center counselors are people with a mature and balanced state of mind and disposition, who can place themselves in the shoes of those they are counseling, and the ability to respect their opinions, thoughts, feelings and (more importantly) emotions.


After evaluating the situation as it is narrated, a realistic, practical solution can be developed; individually at first if this is beneficial, and then jointly to encourage the participants to give their best efforts at reorienting their relationship with each other. It has to be remembered that the change in situations like financial state, physical health, and the influence of other family members can have a profound influence on the conduct, responses and actions of the individuals.


Many times the relationship can be saved.


Contact us by email at to ask questions about marital therapy, or schedule an appointment, or by phone:

Lakeland call 863-709-8110

Winter Haven call 863-292-8292

Davenport call 863-292-8292

Frostproof call 888-467-3925


We are located in Lakeland Florida.


Our caring staff will be more than happy to assist you.