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Improve your relationship with phone counseling

By Elena Kosler , November 07, 2011

As we all know, relationships can be difficult. Financial issues. Sexual difficulties. Parenting decisions. Conflicts over responsibilities and chores. The list of challenges can feel never-ending.

Usually, these issues are just normal bumps in the road of life, which couples can handle on their own. But sometimes couples face deeper challenges and would like to talk with someone about their relationship in order to resolve difficulties. But who? Few people want to disclose intimate details about their married life to their friends or family.

Visiting a relationship counselor together is an option, but it can present problems also. Privacy may be a concern in a small community. And the cost may be too high for many couples. Schedules are usually the biggest problem, however: Couples need to work and take care of children and it’s not easy to find a time when both partners are available.

That’s why phone therapy is an ideal solution.

Phone therapy is available when you are — early in the morning, on weekends, or after the kids are asleep. It’s the most convenient solution for busy couples. It also costs less. And since the therapist usually lives thousands of miles away, privacy is never an issue.

Best of all, phone therapy is extremely effective, as we wrote about recently. A Northwestern University study shows that with traditional face-to-face therapy, nearly 50% of patients stop their visits after only a few sessions. On the other hand, over 90% continue using phone therapy.

At Therapy Now, we’re big believers in phone therapy, naturally. We think it’s an ideal solution for any couples facing major relationship issues. If you and you’re partner are going through an especially rough time, we hope you’ll take advantage of our services. The first call is free.

Marriage counseling over the phone

The researchers found that telephone therapy appeared to be just as effective at reducing depressive symptoms as face-to-face treatment. Nearly half of patients quit face-to-face after only a few sessions and in the same time new analysis of phone therapy research by Northwestern University shows that when patients receive psychotherapy for depression over the phone, more than 90 percent continue with it. when a person is not emotionally well they are demotivated to reach out to a therapist

The review of a dozen studies of phone therapy showed that the average attrition rate in the telephone therapy was only 7.6 percent, compared to nearly 50 percent in face-to-face therapy. As a result, a number of health care providers and employee-assistance programs now offer therapy services by phone.


Elena Kosler

Elena graduated from the Neuro-Cognitive Psychology department at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Germany). She is a member of the Association of Practicing Psychologists and participates in annual seminars held by the practicing psychologists of the Counseling Center in Birmingham and by the teachers of Alabama University (USA). She has worked as a psychologist at the Center for Children's Creativity, and also at a secondary school.

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