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A 30-year-old member asked:

how can i be more open and less fearful of my spouse in marriage counseling?

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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Personal counselling: I often recommend that partners have their own counselling sessions, and a personal counsellor, you may have issues to be worked on outside of the relationship before you can work on the relationship. If you are afraid of your partner, then trust needs to be built first, both with the therapist, and your partner.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Marriage Counseling: Try to share your feelings in the session, tell your spouse and your counselor that this is very hard for you and that you are freightened. You will defeat the purpose of your being in therapy unless you can be forthcoming and this is an essential ability to maintain a close relationship. It is often very hard and you may also consider individual therapy for yourself to help. Best.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

I've attempted counseling 3 diff times in 6yrs for ed/anxiety/dep and it always seems worse while i'm in counseling so I end up stopping. Why worse?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Mismatch vs other?: It's possible there's a mismatch between you & your therapist, & s/he needs to hear your feelings. On the other hand, the therapy of some problems requires acknowledging destructive behavior patterns that interfere with healing. This can make one feel "worse" before feeling better. An example is patterns like substance abuse, which are common. Not sure if this describes you, though.

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