Marriage Counseling --
Maggie is a NC Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#991) and she
is a clinical member in the American Association of Marriage and
Family Therapists and NCMFT. While the study of Family
Therapy is first and foremost a philosophy of treatment, training as a
MFT also teaches specific ways of dealing with couples experiences
marital dissatisfaction. She has been fortunate to train with many of
the leaders in Marital Therapy. She uses several behavioral, solution
focused approaches learned through trainings with Michelle Weiner
Davis and John Gottman. She combines these with more emotionally
focused, insight oriented methods that include identifying patterns
between couples, identifying unmet needs, influences of family of
origin, and seeks to alter the couple “dance”. She has been influenced
by Harriet Lerner and Harville Hendrix and incorporates their ideas
and techniques in therapy.
Maggie often uses the
Prepare/Enrich Program that
begins with a thorough marital inventory that helps couples identify
strengths and weaknesses. The inventory has different versions for
pre-marital, married, and remarried couples. The Prepare/Enrich
program can be used with individuals or in groups.
The Prepare/Enrich Program can help build a stronger
marriage. Over one million couples have taken the program!
This program is scientifically developed and designed to assess
relationship strength and growth areas. It can be used
successfully with premarital and married couples. It is designed
to specifically help couples get their marriage off to a better start
and to enrich their marriage. Many divorces occur partly because
couples are not prepared for marriage.
Couples marry anticipating happiness
"ever after". Frequently, couples spend more
time preparing for the wedding ceremony than for their marriage
relationship! However, roughly half or first marriages will end
in divorce, most within seven years. The percentage of
re-marriages ending in divorce is even higher. When problems
start to develop, too many couples wait, hoping things will improve.
Getting counseling within the first years of marriage can help couples
communicate better, solve problems without anger, and grow in marital
Maggie recently trained in the PREP relationship
enhancement program. This is a group program that is both informative
and entertaining. It can be presented over a weekend or several weeks.
The program includes video examples of couples arguing and teaches
different ways to communicate. She is looking forward to offering this
program at her church Spring, 2006.
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