(Closed) Counseling Over the Phone. Helpful or Not?

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If shes serious about the counseling, the thing to remember is that its not necessarily about fixing your relationship with her.  Its about her counselor helping her achieve the goals that they have set up together.  This could easily be more about giving the counselor information he or she needs to help Future Mother-In-Law then about fixing what is between you and her.  Because she is such close family, it might not be a bad idea to try one session, but I would be honest with her and the counselor at that session- tell them you are unsure about participating, are willing to try but cannot promise to return until you see how things go.  

I’m a big believer that in your life, you need to pick and choose you who spend time with and make sure that your relationships are positive things.  Being that she is family I would avoid doing anything deliberatly hurtful to her, but I think you are perfectly justified in limiting your interactions with her.  If she really wants to mend things between the two of you, hopefully she will be willing to work with you on small steps showing how she has changed until you have a relationship that works for both of you.  

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@nikkialys:  +1 on the counseling. The counselor will do what is best for the client as well as what the client thinks is best for them. That means bringing in more ppl if need be, those that are in her life currently or those she may want to mend relationships with, and it could be best to start with her sons and husband. Counseling over technology is something that is happening more often. However, is skype something that can be done?

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