Marriage Counseling Through Psychiatric Diversity

Marriage Counseling Through Psychiatric Diversity

Supporting an intimate partner or spouse through their own personal experience with psychiatric symptoms is an act of sacrifice, a declaration of love and message of acceptance.

This type of support can be difficult because psychiatric symptoms are common Factors in relationships. However, they can be easily over-looked as contributors to the relationship system. Worse still, psychiatric diagnosis and illness is sometimes completely invisible to others; outside the relationship. In the midst of it all, some people will see all the worst moments the relationship and not understand how intimacy can be possible when symptoms get in the way.

Marriage/Couples counseling can help with all of those factors. Here at Counseling SDC we know that having a psychiatric diagnosis can be freeing but is sometimes just the first step, when it comes to relationships. Diagnosis  means you have a direction for care but its does not always give direction about romance and intimacy. The symptoms that come with whatever diagnosis might be present, plays a dynamic role in relationships.

There are two types of couples in this respect. Couples that are both experiencing symptoms and couples where only on is. Bot situations are difficult. No matter the differences in your relationship, there is a way to make sense of all the emotions, words and actions. Create a safe place to express yourselves and be heard; both partners. Shape your relationship environment so it can thrive and the support is equal. Psychologically diverse relationships can and do work. You and your partner deserve a space to discuss your relationship in an honest, clear way.

Examples of Psychologically Diverse Couples can include:

Partner(s) with chronic condition like Generalized anxiety or depression

Partner(s) with psychosis

Partner(s) with personality disorders

Partner (s) with severe chronic symptoms (like manic episodes or suicidality)

Partner(s) with history of Suicidal Ideation or Attempts

Partner(s) on psychiatric hold / in psychiatric hospital


Come together with your partner/spouse to face the symptoms impacting your intimate relationship.


**Is your partner or spouse on a psychiatric hold and ready to come home? Do you have some things you would like to discuss prior? Contact us today for a Couples / Partner appointment to discuss this process together with the help of a professional. Set relationship boundaries and work on a plan for the return home.