The counseling community is kind of like the medical community but also quite different.
Doctors go to medical school and when they come out if they want to be a pediatrist, OBGYN, or cardiologist they have to have specialized training before they ever cut you open, right? It's their legal duty.
Well in the counseling community there are two extremes, on one hand we have relationship coaches who are not required to have any training, education, or license...so anyone can call themselves a coach.
Then there are professional counselors like us who have degrees, supervision, continuing education, licenses, and we're governed by the state.
But what the state says is "if you don't FEEL like you can help them, then you should refer them out"...but counselors are wonderful people who want to help. They also need clients so they see everything.
The average counselor will see kids, teenager, families, 10 different individual issues and then they sort of stick two people in a room and call it couples counseling. They try to do the same thing to help couples as they do with every other issue that walks into their office.
That is why we decided to focus on one thing. Therapists become jack of all trades and are not able to acquire the training and skill set necessary to really help couples succeed and succeed long term.