You may be searching for help in your marriage, but your spouse does not share your enthusiasm for repair. So you may ask, “Can my marriage improve if I come alone to counseling?” The answer is, “YES, it can!”
In a Wall Street Journal article on March 6, 2012 entitled, “Couples Therapy for One: To Fix a Marriage, Some Go Alone,” Elizabeth Bernstein states:
Troubled marriages can benefit even if just one spouse seeks help. At the University of Denver, unpublished results from a five-year longitudinal study of 300 long-term couples suggest that a month or so after receiving relationship-skills training, those who got it as individuals saw as much improvement in their relationships as those who got the training as a couple.
If one marital partner benefits in counseling, the relationship can benefit as well. This is great news when one’s spouse is reluctant to come.