Couples Counseling Washington DCPre Marriage Counseling Chevy Chase MD

Couples who want to receive pre marriage counseling in Chevy Chase, MD at Lindsey Hoskins and Associates, can meet with a counselor who is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT. Pain can manifest in many ways throughout life. Childhood trauma or loss can continue festering through development, adulthood, then into our romantic relationships. Difficult emotions can turn into anger, and attachment or detachment issues affecting adults in committed relationships.

Our counselors can help couples work through trauma of the past, by providing them with an emotional toolkit to enter marriage with.

Therapists Observe Emotional Dynamics

The first step in MD pre marriage counseling and EFT is to meet with a counselor. There will be some basic baseline questions that the counselor will ask and may make a note of your responses. One of the things a good therapist does, is look at who the couple is as individuals and together as a unit. This can help frame the type of approach the counselor will use in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Some of the common issues addressed in EFT can include:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Loss
  • Betrayal
  • Abandonment

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Emotions can be a bit funny yet complex. They often mask the underlying pain or problems that have been stuffed down for years. When attending Chevy Chase, MD pre marriage counseling that focuses on EFT, the therapist can help peel back the layers of the emotional behavior exhibited to get to the root cause.

Perhaps lashing out at your partner has to do with the way an adult treated you when you were younger. The anger and betrayal you felt can be triggered by something your spouse has said or done. Once the counselor can get you to confront these issues head-on, you may start to make some real progress.

The 3 Stages of EFT

As with many things in life, there are three stages to Emotionally Focused Therapy. The process begins by de-escalating the current conflict and trying to get the parties to see what the real source of the problem is. Next, they move on to learning how to do better handle these emotions and develop tools and resources to help them understand their fears and speak openly about them in a less negative way. Finally, the final step involves a realization of how these negative patterns formed and what is causing them to continue. Identifying and addressing the source of the problem, along with the triggers, helps you learn how to eliminate them.

Emotionally Focused Therapy can help individuals uncover the source of pain. By going through EFT as a form of pre marriage counseling in Chevy Chase, MD couples can help the other grow stronger together, rather than continue let their past pains control how they interact with each other.

We encourage couples who are interested in pre marriage counseling in Maryland, to reach out to us at Lindsey Hoskins and Associates for more information.