Making important life decisions takes careful consideration. It’s not always your responsibility alone, either. When there is more than one person involved in the decision-making process, it can be difficult. That’s where couple’s counseling helps.
It allows you to work together toward a common goal. With a shared outcome comes relief. There aren’t disagreements or insults threatening the sanctity of your relationship because you’re working on healing as a couple.
Instead, you’re able to focus on the things that Psych Central author Suzanne Kane deems important for making decisions. Here are just a few of the ideas she touches on in her article:
Give yourself space to think about what is taking place. You’ll need quiet time to think about the situation and the different options that are available to you. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is key. Go for a walk, take a weekend getaway with your spouse or get a good night’s rest before moving forward with the decision-making process. You’ll have a clearer mind when life’s stressors aren’t distracting you from the task at hand.
Make your goals very clear when discussing the decision. Being focused on one goal helps you come up with a solution faster. Know what you want, how far you’re willing to go to make it happen, and what the result should be. Make your spouse a partner so you can compromise if your goals differ. Coming to a consensus may take place in a counseling session so keep that in mind.
Gather information. Let facts support your decision. Stay grounded in the information that you’ve gathered. Be aware of the risks and pitfalls around each decision.
This summary of tips helps you be better prepared for the challenges life throws at you. As a couple, you’ll have listened to your partner’s ideas and goals during counseling sessions with a couple’s therapist. You’ll then be able to come up with a plan that supports each other and strengthens your bond through effective decision-making.