Marriage Mentoring: Differences between Marriage Mentoring and Traditional Counselling

Marriage mentoring is a couple-to-couple relationship that seeks to help couples live out their vision for marriage. For couples who are intent on building a happy marriage, mentoring brings sage advice, personal support and encouragement, and help in hard times.

Marriage mentors are not counselors, and the goal of this program is not to make mentors into professional marriage therapists. Instead, the goal is to focus on equiping mentors to be key players in preventing problems and equiping young couples with the skills and tools for more successful relationships. It is also important for marriage mentors to know when and how to refer a couple to a professional counsellor.

A mentor couple helps the couple they are mentoring to talk about their vision (expectations, hopes, and dreams) for their marriage. They concentrate on the couple’s strengths and what’s good in the couple’s relationship. They teach skills couples need and help them identify their goals as a couple. Marriage mentors encourage and empower the couple they are mentoring to design a successful, lifelong relationship.

Differences between Marriage Mentoring and Traditional Counselling:

  • Marriage mentors focus on current and future possibilities. Counselling also deals with past history;
  • Marriage mentors use a practical, proactive approach. Counselling adds a more in-depth psychological approach;
  • Marriage mentors focus on enhancing wellness and utilising strengths. Counselling also focuses on healing emotional wounds;
  • Marriage mentors ask “What?” and “How?” Counsellors also ask “Why?”;
  • Marriage mentors work on wants and dreams. Counselling provides further help for issues and problems;
  • The purpose of Marriage Mentoring is largely to help empower a couple to achieve their goals whereas the purpose of Counselling is often, to relieve pain and symptoms and restore functioning so that individuals can pursue their goals;
  • Marriage mentors are an encouraging, supportive friend whereas a Counsellor is an encouraging, supportive, and licensed expert; and
  • Marriage mentors teach relationship skills whereas a Counsellor deals with complex personality and relationship dynamics.

NOTE: If a couple has a problem with severe abuse, addiction, repeated infidelity, clinical depression, psychological disorder, or uncontrollable anger in their relationship, they should work with a licensed therapist or counsellor who has extensive experience and training in those areas.

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