In this thoughtful toolbox article, Winston Smith investigates when it is appropriate not to do marriage counseling. At first glance, this may be a bit confusing. Why would you ever say no to a couple who has asked for counseling? Are there situations that warrant a different approach?
Smith describes six different situations when it is wisest to counsel a couple separately, rather than together. For example, counsel a couple separately when one of the spouses has an addiction, or when it becomes clear that only one spouse is motivated to engage in the counseling process.
Smith’s article can help you to think well about how you can best serve and minister to a couple, depending on the nature of their struggles.
If you are interested in learning more about marriage counseling, enroll in Winston Smith’s “Marriage Counseling” course here.