“Over the years a couple can expect to face many issues, both big and small. Some, such as financial, career, and parenting decisions, can be handled by honestly discussing them with each other or with friends who can provide wise advice. Others, such as infidelity or addictions, need the counsel of professionals and a tremendous amount of commitment to change. Still others, such as illness, may have to be endured patiently with the support of family and friends. We all want to live happily ever after. Inevitably, though, we all experience bumps along the marriage road.” Continue reading…
The Church knows that marriage can be very difficult at times, and we are here to help. Below is a list of resources to offer you hope even in the darkest times:
Counseling Services are available through the Catholic Charities Office of the Diocese of Rockford. These services are currently offered in four locations throughout the diocese. Each counselor is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families meet challenges, repair relationships, survive losses, or adjust to changes. Services are confidential, solution-focused, client-centered, sensitive to the dignity of each person, brief and affordable. Catholic Charities offers a sliding scale based on household income, and they work with people with limited or changing financial means to assure access to care. Please contact the Catholic Charities Office at 815 -399-4300 to have a counselor contact you for an appointment.
CatholicTherapists.com provides a great reference for Catholic marriage counselors, including psychological information and a list of Catholic counselors located throughout the United States.
Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between “his way” and “her way”, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.” Because they tend to move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together. With The Third Option you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings resulting in a more effective loving relationship.
Here are some articles that address many of the most common areas of stress in marriages: