Do you have a satisfactory marriage that you want to keep vibrant?
Perhaps you have a great marriage, but are experiencing a stressful situation that needs some attention?
If the answer to either of these is yes, you may be interested in marital enrichment. Unlike traditional marital therapy, healing and insight is not the primary goal. Instead, clients look for skills to keep vibrancy in their relationship. Just like you would maintain other important things, such as a car or home, the goal of marital enrichment is to keep the relationship in good working order. This is a short-term working relationship and uses a flexible structure, such as meeting in person or via telephone.
Why is Enrichment Important?
Divorced couples report that lack of commitment was a major contributing factor in the decision to divorce. Many of these couples say this was a gradual process. Enrichment exercises build skills and expectations that support ongoing marital growth.
Increased conflict and arguing were also identified as major factors in divorce. Communication difficulties can slowly increase, leading to feelings of disconnection and loss of mutual support. Marital enrichment includes practicing communication and conflict resolution skills to prepare for normal life stressors. Research also indicates benefits from occasional “booster” meetings with coaches or consultants to increase positive communication and other relationship skills.
Perhaps you feel like your personal and relational life is already healthy, but are experiencing a difficult transition or other situational challenge. You may be a great fit for marital enrichment! We can construct a goal-oriented plan to navigate those specific situations in a shorter period of time than a traditional counseling relationship.
If you are experiencing a specific stressor or just want to make an already healthy relationship even better, you may be a great candidate for marital enrichment. I would love to talk further about whether enrichment or counseling would be the most appropriate direction for you.