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What to Do When a Spouse Says No to Marital Counseling

Marriage counseling can be extremely helpful for relationships. However, in some cases both partners may not agree to start attending. It may be one of the partners idea to try counseling, while  the other may have less or no interest. If this is the case, there is one thing  you can do, that might help encourage your spouse to say yes to marital counseling.  This one thing is to go to counseling by yourself and see what counseling is all about. It helps to work on individual issues. Once you tell your spouse about your experience with therapy he or she may be more open to trying it. 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.