Same-Sex Marriage Counseling in Washington DC Could Be the First Step Toward a Happier, Healthier Relationship
It was a little more than a month ago that the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
This landmark decision impacted millions of same-sex individuals and their partners from coast to coast Can you imagine how many couples will now, and forever share the same anniversary date: June 26, 2015? (Hey, at least they’ll never have to worry about forgetting an anniversary.)
With the long-awaited rise in same-sex marriage in the country comes also the necessity of same-sex marriage counseling. Same-sex married couples experience many of the same relationship struggles as heterosexual couples, while also facing unique challenges due largely to the influences of the dominant heterosexual culture and traditional expectations of gender roles within a relationship.
A same-sex marriage counselor in Washington DC must be especially attuned to the needs of same-sex couples.
While there is some truth to be found in traditional gender roles — regarding psychological femininity’s tendency to cater to the needs of a partner, and masculinity’s penchant for competition and independence — it’s important to remember that there are far more important issues to consider than who fits into which prescribed role, including: ethnicity, cultural background, religion, social class, education, age, and family background.
The professional couples counselors on staff at Keith Miller Counseling & Associates recognize the pitfalls of traditional heterosexual bias, and will treat a lesbian or gay couple mindful of their unique history and roles in the relationship. Research shows that attachment-based interventions are effective at reversing the destructive effects of relationship conflict with both same-sex as well as heterosexual couples. In addition, we take very seriously the unique cultural and family burdens common to many same-sex couples.
Visit Keith Miller’s Washington DC- or Bethesda-based practice…
Same-sex couples will find a marriage counselor expertly equipped to asses the environment of each individual relationship based on a number of factors that include traditional gender roles; external issues, such as support or alienation from family, community, workplace, and friendships; presence of mental or physical illness or domestic violence; decisions about monogamous vs non-monogamous marriage; intimacy and sexual compatibility.
In need of same-sex marriage counseling in Washington DC?
Same-sex marriage counseling is often the first step toward a happier, healthier relationship. Our Washington DC counselors are available to help you decide if we can help you reach your personal goals in psychotherapy or couples counseling.
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