Marriage Counseling

/Marriage Counseling
Marriage Counseling 2017-07-03T20:28:33+00:00

A warm and fulfilling relationship with your spouse can be the sustaining center of your life. But often conflicting viewpoints and the stresses of day-to-day living can cause communication to break down. You may lead feel you can no longer fully connect with your partner. Marriage counseling with an experienced, well-trained marriage counselor can be the answer.

PARC’s highly trained marriage counselors can help both of you overcome a barrage of emotional obstacles, understand each other, and grow together. You can learn to discuss instead of argue, bond rather than talk past each other, and truly feel you are part of a strong, successful marriage.

The marriage counselors at PARC have decades of experience working with marriages and can aid you in finding out what is blocking your communication, opening the channels for true connection, and make your relationship a source of strength, love, and comfort. We offer marriage counseling individually for married couples as well as group therapy sessions with other couples.

Speak With Your Partner About Counseling

You may feel that there are issues in your relationship that you wish to discuss, but your partner might not feel the same way or might be wary about counseling.


Many different issues may drive married couples into opposition. Here are some expert tips from our marriage counselors to help you keep your marriage strong, happy and healthy:

It’s not uncommon for a couples’ relationship to suffer as a result of friction when their respective families come together. Here are some tips to help you navigate the rocky waters often encountered when dealing with the in-laws.

1. Don’t take comments too personally.

Easier said than done, especially if made in relation to your child-rearing, or how you run your household! However, remember that most parents simply wish to remain a part of their children’s lives, even after they’ve grown and flown the nest.

Their comments usually reflect a desire to be of some influence, and to feel important. If they sound critical, it is rarely because of a genuine desire to be hurtful. Rather, the majority of parents-in-law simply wish to help.

Rather than taking offense, be polite and respectful, but firm. Make it clear that you appreciate their input and that will always take their advice into consideration – but, however, that you will only act on it if you personally agree.

Of course, sometimes there will be genuine deep-seated grievances that need to be aired. If this is the case, professional help from a PARC family therapist can help ensure that these issues are resolved in a calm, supportive and neutral environment.

2. Keep your in-laws involved during family holidays and celebrations.

Holidays and family celebrations can be a particularly sensitive time for in-laws, especially if they don’t get to see their children’s families too often throughout the rest of the year.

If you’re hosting, encourage your in-laws to make a specific contribution – perhaps ideas for party games, or a recipe for dinner. Allow them to participate in organizing activities, and make time to chat whenever possible.

Making your in-laws feel that they belong and are special to you and your family at these times is important – but easily overlooked!

3. Present a united front with your spouse.

Always support your partner in an argument or disagreement with parents or in-laws, especially publicly. Remember, your relationship is the most important thing. Loyalty to your husband or wife comes first.

Sex can be source of joy, pleasure and bonding in a relationship, but issues around it can lead to anxiety and shame. PARC therapists provide a safe, supporting environment to explore sexual issues and resolve conflict.
Couples from different backgrounds can have difficulties understanding each other. In couples therapy, you can find common ground and resolve your cultural conflicts.
Infidelity or even being flirtatious can be a devastating wound to your partner. Couples therapy can provide a safe and healing place to address this painful issue and help you get past it.
A child is often a source of joy, but what if you’re not ready? What if your partner wants one and you’re just not sure? In marital therapy, all the conflicts about whether to have a child or fears about parenthood can be processed in a warm and supportive environment.
Does it seem as if you and your partner are constantly quarreling over trivial issues? PARC therapists can help you find out what the basic conflicts are and show you ways to resolve them peacefully.
Despite growing acceptance, same-sex couples still must deal with an array of unique challenges and pressures. PARC offers a place of safety, warmth and caring for the LGBTQ community to discuss their issues and to find ways to address and process them.
You may sense there is something missing from your relationship, but you don’t know what it is. PARC therapists can help you explore your feelings and address them in a caring environment.
The kids are gone and after 20 years, mom and dad are alone together again. It can be a sad, but wonderful relief to have this time together again. Or, old problematic issues between mom and dad now come to the fore. New concerns may arise.
Divorce and separation are never easy, particularly when there are children or property issues. Even though you have decided not to be together, you can still deal with important issues in an amicable, adult manner. PARC therapists can guide you through these difficult transitions and help you maintain appropriate and healthy relations if you share a child, animal or need to split property.

Considering PARC’s expertise but worried about the price?

Consider a three visit consultation and take advantage of a PARC therapist’s expert evaluation. Get a clearer understanding of your relationship issues, giving you an invaluable head start towards a solution. Save time and money by taking your evaluation to an in-network counselor who can carry out the treatment.

Call PARC’s Client Services at 212-289-0295 to find out more.
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Call 212-289-0295 or email us to make an appointment. Our Client Services representative is available to speak with you now.