A Diagnostic Issue: Marriage Counseling or Sexual Deviant Topic?
This article summarizes the initial stage of an Online Marriage Counseling coaching process.
N. confronted her husband about his behavior and he confessed “I had been an exhibitionist for 20 years.” N. was shocked by her husband’s revelation. She decided to stay in her marriage until she recently felt like she had done everything she could to try to hold it together.
“I feel like he is a pervert.” This was eventually followed by her question: “Am I crazy to consider trying to go on with him at this point? Everyone in my life seems to think so”.
A Psychologist would take it objectively. “What are the real issues occurring here?” N. of course was agitated and feeling despair about the whole situation but what was the underlying cause for it all.
It is my habit to finalize the initial coaching session with a clear expression of my opinion at this particular time: it seems to me that his behavior is more of a Marriage issue than a Sexual deviant counseling topic.
The last issue in our initial session was the reservations due to the past attempt to solve the difficulty. They have tried Marriage Counseling in the past. I therefore explained that the previous effort went to a wrong direction – HIS deviance, and not THEIR relationships, communication and sexuality. That is why, I said, Marriage Counseling coaching processes could be beneficial.
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It is my habit to finalize the initial Online Marriage Counseling coaching session with a clear expression of my opinion at this particular time: it seemed to me that what I saw was more of a Marriage issue than a Sexual deviant counseling topic. I further realized that a Marriage Counseling coaching process was what was needed there.