For married and un-married couples, COMTREA provides counseling for those couples/partners who are experiencing relationship struggles, withdraw during arguments or have stopped communicating altogether. Our trained staff deals with a wide variety of problems, including alienation, diminished affection, loss of intimacy and lack of togetherness. We help couples tackle longstanding, nagging problems, including in-laws, sex, roles, responsibility, commitment and money, as well as crisis situations such as infidelity or threat of separation or divorce. Our staff is very experienced with, and sensitive to, issues that involve differences in religion, race, ethnicity, culture, values, lack of respect and anger management.
Relationship counseling is an educational experience that emphasizes self-exploration, self-revelation and the acquisition of interactive skills, which promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation of one's partner. Other goals include learning, developing and practicing in session with staff and at-home techniques for constructive communication and conflict resolution for long-term marital harmony. This approach equips you and your partner with lifetime tools that will enable you to honestly and effectively confront and resolve whatever problems may arise in the future.
Divorce (Counseling and Educational Needs)
Divorcing couples agree change is the major theme of divorce. Divorce changes our lifestyle, changes our roles, changes our friendship circles, changes the meaning of the world. When couples have tried all they could to save a marriage and failed, the losses and changes they experience can be overwhelming. It is a time of significant stress for all family members, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually.
The major goal of this program is to stimulate personal growth by preparing one for the new role as a single or separated person, and by creative problem solving regarding the many changes that occur in lifestyles after separation, such as raising children in a single-parent household, loss of social support from friends and loss of emotional support from the former spouse. When a couple agrees to work together untangling the mystery of their lives together, they offer an invaluable gift of cooperation and a new kind of love. In most cases, however, divorce counseling is done individually.
Learning about how our interactions with family and friends, and their treatment of us, have molded our roles, patterns, rules, goals and beliefs better prepare us for a brighter future. This rite of passage can turn crisis into opportunity, pain into healing, failure into success next time around.
Mediation is an alternative or an additional method of decision making regarding property settlement, parenting responsibilities, and maintenance. This is a process in which individual meet, talk, and make decisions that are fair for all parties, including their children. Mediators (licensed mental health professionals with intensive training and certification in the area of Mediation) are objective and provide tools to assist individuals in making an agreement specific to each family's needs. Mediation allows individuals to establish the decisions made and therefore make the parties more likely to hold to the agreement. Couples learn conflict management tools that may prevent the need for future court time and expenses.
Mediation results in an agreement that becomes binding when approved by the court. Is is more efficient, and therefore a less expensive, child-centered process.