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    Does it actually work?

    I just want to leave. But I feel like I'm married so I need to actually goto counselling.

    He's being awful, I'm being awful. I don't want this anymore. But how would I survive.

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    No idea as I have not yet been brave enough to go for fear it will highlight just how big our problems actually are. Big hugs hun. Just know your not alone.
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    It helped XH and I to communicate better and to both feel heard. We made some big changes based on the conversations it opened up but, a bit over a year later, we still split.

    The good communication skills, I feel, helped keep the split amicable. We didn't have kids though.

    The best thing about having been through counselling was that when we split I genuinely knew I had done everything I could to make our marriage work for both of us.

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    Does it work? I think it depends on whether both parties want to work on the marriage and are receptive to counseling, listening and acting on problems. I went through it with my ex-husband and the counseling was useful for me as an individual but our marriage wasn't salvageable (he wasn't interested).
    I know you're in Adelaide too monnie so pm me if you'd like the name of the counsellor I used I really liked her particularly for what you've described briefly here. I went on to see her for some time on my own and she really helped me learn about respectful behaviours in relationships. Being in a difficult relationship is so hard, life is too short to be unhappy so I hope you find happiness again whether that is with or without your husband xo

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    Dh and I went to counselling for about six months. We had separated for almost a year, reconciled and then were splitting again. We learnt that we hadn't dealt with the issues initially which was what caused the second split. We learnt a lot about ourselves, each other and our relationship. Things have been amazing since then. That was almost 6 years ago now. One thing I found very interesting that our counsellor told us, was that if she honestly could see reasons for us to not be together then she'd say so. It might not be a magic fix, but if things aren't supposed to be then it can help you be more accepting/calmer as you move ahead...if that makes sense.

    Edited to add: If you see a counsellor who doesn't want to listen to what you have to say then find another one. Years before DH and I had seen a counsellor. The counsellor basically said I was in the wrong and things were my fault. Fully on DH's side. Everyone has things they like and don't like, and nobody can force you to do/not do them. Second counsellor made DH realise you can't control people. It's each persons choice how they behave, show love, etc
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    Default Marriage counselling

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    Worked for us.

    DH was very resentful for having to go, but now when we argue I see his mind tick over and think about whether he is acting in accordance with his values.

    You both must want it to work. If 1 person thinks they are above it and aren't willing to truly consider what the counsellor is suggesting then there's no point.

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    Thanks I see a psychologist and said I should give it a go I haven't been in a while because of $$. I made a booking for next week.

    I want to write so much but I can't. Sigh. Thanks girls

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    I see a psychologist on the Medicare scheme so I don't pay a cent. My GP put me onto him. Maybe worth seeing if you can do that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise41 View Post
    I see a psychologist on the Medicare scheme so I don't pay a cent. My GP put me onto him. Maybe worth seeing if you can do that
    Thanks I like my psychologist but I will look for a marriage one for free. It's taken me ages to find a good one. Years!!


 

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