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Ten Ways a Couples Workshop is Better Than Therapy

Ever considered a couples workshop? Lots of folks think that therapy is the only way a professional counselor can help their relationship. Sometimes therapy is just what is needed. But, in many cases, a couples workshop can be even better. Here are ten ways a couples workshop is better than therapy

[if !supportLists]1. [endif]Therapy is like medicine; a workshop is like a vitamin. Medicine is for curing illness. It's great if you need it, but a vitamin can help protect you from getting sick in the first place. As they say, "An ounce of prevention...."

[if !supportLists]2. [endif]A workshop is cheaper than therapy. On average, therapy is 10-20 sessions. In a number of ways, a workshop will save you. (But, if you do need therapy, it's certainly cheaper than a divorce.)

[if !supportLists]3. [endif]A workshop takes less time than therapy. A day or a weekend workshop sooner can prevent what might take months of therapy later.

[if !supportLists]4. [endif]A workshop takes less effort than therapy. By the time therapy is necessary, pain and trouble have likely set up shop in your relationship. Most couples wait an average of six years to get help. By then, it can be hard to fix. A workshop is more of a "tune up" than a "rebuild."

[if !supportLists]5. [endif]A workshop is less "problem focused" than therapy. In a workshop, you learn skills for improving your relationship. You're making a good thing better, instead of focusing on what is broken.

[if !supportLists]6. [endif]A workshop is a group experience. It's NOT group therapy and you don't have to "air your dirty laundry." But you do meet other couples and realize that we are all growing and have much to learn together.

[if !supportLists]7. [endif]A workshop will help you appreciate what is good, whereas therapy, by definition, often starts with "what's wrong." It's a "glass half full" experience that will give you a healthier appreciation for your partner and your relationship

[if !supportLists]8. [endif]A workshop is fun. Let's face it, therapy can be work. In a workshop, you will enjoy your partner in ways that just don't happen in therapy.

[if !supportLists]9. [endif]A workshop doesn't "feel" like therapy. Although it shouldn't be this way, unfortunately, therapy has a stigma; some see it as a sign of failure. A workshop is proof of life. It's your way of saying, "We are committed to being the best that we can be."

[if !supportLists]10. [endif]Therapy is a "got to;" a workshop is a "get to." Often, by the time a couple comes to therapy, it's a last ditch effort to save their relationship.They see no other options. That's why therapy has a relatively low success rate; frankly, sometimes we're trying to revive a corpse. A workshop, on the other hand, is for couples who know they have a marriage to strengthen and they are all in. It's not something they've got to do; it's something they get to do.

Your relationship is worth fighting for. Build it right. Protect it. At Pairs Care, you can take vitamins before you need medicine. (But, medicine is great too, if you need that.) Get in on a Seven Principles Workshop today!

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