Marital and family counseling is a very important service
offered by the Counseling & Assessment Service. Understanding the
nature of marital and family relationships, improving communication, and
helping couples/families learn effective problem solving skills are emphasized
by Drs. Harper and Jennings. Marital and family issues often generate
the strongest of feelings. Thus, helping family members to mutually appreciate
each other’s feelings is an essential part of the therapeutic process.
Early intervention in family and/or marital problems is quite important.
Thus, couples and/or families are encouraged to begin the process of solving
these problems as soon as possible. Along this line, premarital counseling
is a service that has previously been offered here at Counseling &
Experience has taught that “marital counseling” is sometimes
best conceived of as “divorce counseling” if one or both parties
in the marriage have firmly decided to end the relationship. If after
careful thought one or both parties decide to end the relationship, counseling
about how best to communicate, manage one’s emotions, and solve
problems remains a valuable service for those couples who have chosen
to end their marriage. Various issues (children, property, friends, etc.)
are likely to continue to serve as points of contention even after a divorce.
Thus, assisting couples with this very difficult process can prevent much
future grief and strife. In some cases we refer couples who have decided
to divorce to Sylvia S. Mork, MSW, LISW, for mediation
Most health insurance companies do not provide coverage specifically for
marital counseling per se. However, whenever one member of the couple
or family is identified as functioning with a mental health diagnosis
and marital or family issues are a contributing factor to this individual’s
problems, both marital and family counseling are often covered.