According to a New York Times article, two years after ending counseling, 25% of couples are worse off than when they started, and after four years up to 38% get divorced. Couples counseling rarely involves looking at the brain while trying to help failing relationships. We think that is a mistake, and our work confirms this.
How Amen Clinics Can Help
Marriage is hard even when both partners' brains are healthy. At Amen Clinics, we know that divorce is so common that it can't be a function of personal failure or lack of character. We understand the pain of marital strife and the reasons why couples don't want to get divorced, and we want to help you keep your relationship strong. It starts with taking a close look at you and your spouse's brain.
For prevention or pre-screening of couples, think about the brain whenever there is relationship trouble, including:
Chronic arguing or fighting
Someone always says no
Impulsivity, poor judgment, addictions
Anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior
Changes in behavior
Failed couples counseling
Abuse (verbal, physical, sexual)*