Tips on Counseling Young Couples

Tips on how to counsel young couples.

counseling young couplesDue to differences and conflicts that exist among young couples, the relationship therapist will require mediation skills and also, be ready to play a key part in finding a solution to these problems.

Comfortable environment: Ensure that you have a conducive environment to carry out the session. Begin by asking gradual questions such as; has your partner done something annoying to you?  Give them time to express what has been ailing them as they will be in a position to air out what may be inside their chests.

Finding solution: After airing their problems, help them to figure out how a solution can be found. Solutions to these problems sometimes can be very simple such as if one fails to pick up his or her laundry, then that should begin today.

Recommendations: After they have aired out their problems and solutions, help each one of them to offer an all round solution on the matters raised earlier. Get them to offer an overall recommendation in a summarized manner.

Way forward: let the young couples admit to each other and explain how they will be able to change things so as to create a positive and a promising change in their relationship. Encourage a discussion between them and have them write down how they will be able to do things in a different way.

Cooling their tempers: If it happens that there erupts an argument between them while counseling, listen and raise questions that might help grasp the impact of their actions. Point out the negative issues and do not criticize the person. If it persists just have a break.

Follow-up: Once the couples promises to have their problems solved positively, organize for a follow up meeting to see how far they have gone regarding the counseling recommendations. Stick with them now and then, until they are in a position to solve their issues on their own.

Counseling for Couples can be essential as young couples begin their journey in marriage and children.


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Postpartum OCD is Serious Business

Postpartum OCD Can Be Serious

postpartum depressionWhen a woman is pregnant and gives birth, her body undergoes a great deal of hormonal changes. This can result in a number of problems, the most commonly known being postpartum depression. However, there are a large number of women who suffer from postpartum OCD. This is a serious condition that needs treatment.

When a woman has postpartum OCD, she becomes overly concerned that something will happen to her child. Her mind becomes filled with “what if..” types of questions. She worries that she or someone else may harm the child. She becomes obsessed with worry that something will go wrong. This can lead her to take unnecessary precautions to protect the new child.

Postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder is not the same as postpartum psychosis where women actually do harm to her children or others. In fact, she becomes obsessed with making certain that she does not do anything harmful. She may avoid household items such as knives, for fear of harming the child. They may not allow others to hold the child and become overly concerned about having the baby around staircases or other situations where the child could become injured.

While the condition typically is diagnosed in new mothers, new fathers may also have similar experiences. He may become obsessed about making certain that everything the child is exposed to is free from germs. Additionally, he may not want other people to be in the household. Some men may spend an excessive amount of time cleaning the home or performing other tasks to ensure the safety of the child.

If a person is suffering from postpartum OCD, it is important that they seek treatment from a professional that understands how serious the condition is. The therapist can work with the individual to retrain their thought patterns. In some cases, it may be necessary to prescribe medications for a short period of time while the obsessive thoughts are being treated.

Having a new child is a joyous and beautiful experience. However, postpartum OCD can make the time more stressful. If you believe you are experiencing excessive thoughts of being overprotective and worry, you may need to seek professional help. There is no shame in having this condition. Though it is serious, it can be treated. This will allow the new parents to focus on the joys of having a new child. Seek help today if you have postpartum OCD.

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