I recently met with a couple for marital mediation. Marital mediation offers an opportunity for couples who want to stay married to learn about their conflict dynamic. Tools can be applied to all aspects of their relationship. It focuses on the present and future and is intended to be brief and solution-focused.
This couple came from very different backgrounds. She was an only child in a family where she lost her father at a young age. He was the eldest of seven children in an intact family. She had a strained relationship with her mother growing up, and his family system was tight-knit. Knowing that family of origin experiences contribute to how we interpret boundaries, this was pertinent information.
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