I initially pursued a career in psychology and social work because I wanted to help children who were hurting, but quickly found that I could most benefit children by counseling with their parents.
I found that the strength of the parents’ relationship closely correlated with the success of the treatment plan for their child. Some parents struggled in their own husband-wife relationship and, as expected, they were far too stressed to provide necessary support for their children struggling with serious issues such as depression, ADHD, substance abuse and panic disorders.
But even parents with healthy marriages were taxed by the weight of helping their children with mental and emotional disorders. I decided to change the focus of my specialty from individual therapy for children to couples therapy. However, working with couples required a completely new skill set. Visit at: http://principleskills.com/why-i-become-a-gottman-couples-therapist/