If money problems aren’t the cause of your marital discord, marriage counseling can change that for you. Marriage counseling can be a very expensive solution to your marital woes. And for some marriages, those where one of the partners is determined to end the union, it can be money wasted. On the other hand, there are couples that know they need help resolving relationship problems and are desperate for that help but simply don’t have the money for it. Of these two types of couples, this short article is for the latter. Here we will list sources of free marriage counseling.
Were you married in a religious ceremony? United Church? Roman Catholic? Presbyterian? Jewish? Muslim? Religious organizations deliver thousands upon thousands of hours of free (or pay what you can) counseling every year.
Catholic Family Service is the one of the largest non-governmental family service organizations in the world. In North America Catholic Family Services delivers over twenty thousand hours of free counseling every year. If you were married in the Roman Catholic Church and you are in need of counseling, contact your parish office or simply look in the White Pages.
For Jewish couples, or couples in which one of the partners is Jewish, talk to your rabbi about marriage counseling through Jewish Family Services. These organizations are less centralized than there Catholic counterpart, but then again Catholicism is kind of anal about centralization, isn’t it? Jewish Family Services groups tend to offer counseling on a wide variety of topics.
The Islamic Circle of North America is a social service group dedicated to establishing Islam, “in all spheres of life.” The ICNA, though its ICNA Relief USA arm, offers marriage counseling services through Muslim Family Services.
Other faiths all have there own marriage counseling services, though most are not as organized as Catholic Family Service, Jewish Family Services or Muslim Family Services.
For non-religious couples, governments also have a vested interest in stable families, or at least a vested interest in avoiding unstable families. However, social services varying wildly by jurisdiction. Obtaining free counseling may be as close as the phone. Call your local department of family or social services and ask what help they might have for you. And good luck.