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What Are the Secrets for Successful Marriage Therapy?

By Leslie Fineberg on April 25, 2013

The last resort for many married couples who are thinking of divorce may be couples therapy.  According to Susan Heitler, a Harvard graduate with a doctorate in clinical psychology from NYU, in order to decide if couples counseling will help in your situation, you need to know the secrets for helping the therapy succeed.

Secrets marriage therapists know include the following:

    • Effective therapy can only occur if the couples’ therapist has a firm hold on the reins.  If one partner begins to speak in a way that is controlling or critical, an accomplished therapist must intervene to put the dialogue back on track.
    • Therapy teaches couples to learn to speak to one another with tact, to listen, and to resolve differences.

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