Dr. John R. Dages, PhD, LP
Psychology & Counseling Services
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Marriage & Couples Counseling Near You | Joplin MO
Interacting Best with Your Loved Ones
We all strive for a loving, accepting and positive environment within our family unit and as a couple. Couples and families can develop rigid patterns of interaction based on powerful emotional experiences that hinder emotional engagement and trust. Certain methods of Marriage and Couples Counseling (Emotional-Focused Therapy) aims to enhance empathic capabilities of the couple or family members by exploring deep-seated habits and modifying emotional cues while other approaches (Communication Approach) focus on altering the overt and covert messages between the couple or family members that affect their body, mind and feelings in order to promote congruence and to validate each person’s self worth.
There are a myriad of “approaches” to address identifiable issues that could bring a family or couple to seek the assistance of Dr. John Dages. He welcomes the opportunity to help breach the emotional gaps within the relationship to assist in bringing a healthier approach within the family. Dr. Dages is located in Joplin, but he welcomes families and couples from Carthage, Neosho, Springfield Missouri as well as Pittsburg Kansas, Baxter Springs, Miami Oklahoma, Rogers and Eureka Springs and all in need in the Four-State Area.
As a rule of thumb, the number of sessions depends on the situation, but the average is 5 – 20 sessions. Couples or families usually meet at the same time with Dr. Dages. This has the advantage of highlighting differences between the way families or the couple perceive their relationships, as well as allowing insight into the interaction patterns which frequently mirror habitual interaction patterns at home.
Here is a brief guide that prospective couples therapy clients should ask a psychologist before beginning treatment – the questions can basically be utilized for both families and couples. The point is to be proactive in ensuring that the psychologist/counselor/
1. Can you describe your background and training in marital or couples therapy?
2. What is your attitude toward salvaging a troubled marriage versus helping couples break up?
3. What is your approach when one partner is seriously considering ending the marriage and the other wants to save it?
4. What percentage of your practice is marital/family therapy?
5. Of the couples you treat, what percentage would you say work out enough of their problems to stay married with a reasonable amount of satisfaction with the relationship. What percentage break up while they are seeing you; what percentage do not improve; what do you think makes the differences in these results.
Contact Dr. John Dages | Psychology and Counseling Services located in Joplin near Carthage, Webb City, Neosho, Anderson, Springfield Missouri and Baxter Springs, Miami Oklahoma, Rogers, Fayetteville, Bentonville Arkansas, Pittsburg and Wichita Kansas. Email, call or visit the website address at: j.dages@joplinpsychologists.
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