Marriage Counselling Singapore
It is not uncommon for marriages to have issues and married couples do argue at times. But sometimes couples can struggle to have their issues resolved and they get into an unhealthy rut of arguments and fights that become persistent. This can become mentally and emotionally draining, and eventually lead to a breakdown in the marriage. If there are children in the marriage and if they see their parents constantly, children are at risk of developing emotional and psychological issues even if parents remain married.
Therefore seeking professional help through marriage counselling can help save your marriage and also protect your children’s well being. Marriage counselling can help married couples resolve their conflict or their relationship difficulties in a safe, conducive and constructive way. You don’t need to wait till your marriage is on the rocks before you come for marriage counselling. It is recommended for couples to seek help as soon as possible because early intervention has been found to be more effective when it is done earlier rather than many years later.
How effective is marriage counselling ?
The effectiveness of marriage counselling really depends on the motivation of the couple and the timing of when they come in for counselling. Too often, married couples wait till too late to seek help. Research has shown that most married couples struggle in their marriage for 6 years before coming to seek help. By then, it can be too late because the dysfunctional behaviour can be too entrenched, or the couple may be too resentful and too hurt for any counselling to be effective.
The number and frequency of the sessions differ from couples to couples. It is recommended that married couples commit to regular sessions to see the full effect of couples counselling. You may discuss with your couple therapists on the number of sessions needed. Based on our experience, marriage counselling can last between 6 to 20 sessions.
Can I still attend on my own ?
Yes, you can come in for marriage counselling if your spouse does not want to attend. Depending on the issues in your marriage, your therapist can help you identify what are the issues in your marriage, teach you skills to manage your emotions and how you can change your own responses and reactions to effect changes in your marriage. Your marriage can be saved even if you work on yourself and your spouse does not attend.
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Sylvia Tan - Founder, Principal Counselling Psychologist, MPsych (SRP Registered)
Sylvia is a Counselling Psychologist practicing in Singapore. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Curtin University of Technology ( Perth, Western Australia) and is currently a registered counselling psychologist and a clinical supervisor with the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP).
After her graduation in 2002, Sylvia lived and worked in Australia for many years before her relocation back to her home country Singapore in 2014. To date, Sylvia has over 20 years of experience working in a range of settings both in Australia and Singapore.
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