Christian marriage counseling can benefit you whether both partners consider themselves Christian, or only one of them does. The basis of our marriage counseling means Christian marriage counselors hold the space neutrally for each person to show up with their thoughts and feelings and keep the conversation moving so that neither feels attacked and both feels safe to continuing sharing.
The way Christian counseling for marriage works is if whomever is seeking Christian marriage counseling, whether that’s one or both partners, is willing to see things pointed out differently. The simple willingness to have a different perspective is what allows a shift to occur. Our Christian marriage counselors teach better ways to communicate so that you can each get more of what you want from the relationship and both feel respected and cherished.
Most couples come to Christian marriage counseling because they feel a loss of connection and worry they have fallen out of love, not because one partner is any more “spiritual” than the other. We are each on our own spiritual path, whether we use that language or not. How we relate to another person and to God is directly impacted by how we relate within ourselves. Sometimes even Christians do not feel worthy of God or their partner’s love.
Our Christian marriage counselors do not offer scriptures or prayer in our sessions. We direct our clients back to their faith communities for spiritual direction. But to the extent that scripture helps the couple connect to themselves more deeply, we encourage clients to use Bible Study, prayer and fellowship to connect more deeply into the relationship with each other. While Christian language and imagery are not necessary to bring therapeutic healing to a relationship, it can be a catalyst to healthy growth when it resonates and is meaningful to the individuals involved. Our Christian marriage counselors our mindful people’s differences but use their faith to help at the core of finding relational, mental, and spiritual health. A therapeutic healing of the mind includes forgiveness for how I’ve judged myself and others in the past, and a renewed sense of love from God and each other.
At Awakenings, our Christian marriage counselors are focused on empowering both partners so that often the relationship is not only stronger than it was before the Christian marriage counseling began, but it’s also stronger than ever before. It’s important to us that each partner leaves with a better understanding of their own boundaries and how to navigate their partners boundaries as well. Throughout the sessions, we provide Christian marriage counseling tips that help strengthen the relationship such that any issue can be navigated with more ease and grace.
If you care about Christian counseling for marriage, then obviously you (or both you and your partner) care about your life as a Christian. What does this mean for you? How does this impact your relationship, and the way you interact within the relationship? Are you living within your values? How do you respond or react when you or your partner miss the mark? Do you feel the deep, secure, abiding love of God that gives you more grace in your relationship?
Our Christian marriage counselors have therapeutic training to help you resolve the toxic cycles of criticizing and withdrawing so common in marriage and find intimacy, forgiveness, and love again.
If you’re still not sure whether Christian counseling for marriage is right for you and your relationship, or have questions about our approach, schedule a free consultation by calling 919-845-5400 or schedule an appointment.
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