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  • Couples Counseling After a New Baby

    *This post is not medical advice. See a professional for help.   

    Did you know that 67% of new parents experience a huge drop in marital satisfaction in the first three years of the baby’s life? 

       Thankfully, Gottman Method’s couples counseling factors in the impact of a new baby on a marriage.

       Often, the first-time mom feels dissatisfied in her marriage before her husband. She may feel sleep-deprived, overwhelmed, and confused. It’s no wonder that she may ignore and avoid feelings of dissatisfaction. 

       Since most couples wait six years to go to therapy, her new baby may be in 1st grade by the time she reaches out to a therapist.

        What can the new mama expect when she calls a therapist? She should hear an overview of what Gottman Method addresses in therapy (commitment, trust, intimacy, respect, communication, and attitude). Rise Above consultations detail what the first three sessions will include: one-on-one interviews, questionnaires, and the treatment plan goals.

       What does couples counseling NOT include?

    1. Couples counseling should NOT include labeling one person as the “Bad Guy.”

    2. Couples counseling should NOT include one spouse yelling at the other.

    3. Couples Counseling should NOT include the dumping of complaints, blame, or criticism. 

    If you have questions about couples counseling, feel free to reach out to Rise Above Counseling Services of Tampa Bay, LLC.