Cross-cultural Marriage Counseling
In the high tech world of the Silicon Valley, it’s natural and most common to see married couples from different cultural backgrounds and countries. They meet at work or social settings, specifically in Bay area, where the population is very diverse.
The rise in cross-cultural relationships and marriages indicates that we, as a society, are becoming more accepting of diversity but that doesn’t mean that it is any easier for such couples. A cross-cultural couple may have to work extra hard to make their relationship work.
The problems and hardships encountered by cross-cultural couples include but are not limited to:
- Conflicting cultural identities: Our thoughts, ideas, personality and behavior are shaped by the culture that we grow up in. Different cultures have different family structures which means that gender roles will also be different. So, know exactly what your partner’s family’s expectations are regarding you and figure out if you can fulfill them before tying the knot. Difference in fundamental beliefs, traditions and values can be a deal breaker for some couples.
- Religious differences
- Different parenting goals and expectations: A couple sharing similar cultural beliefs is likely to have the same parenting goals. But, that may not be the case with couples that have contrasting beliefs.
- Relationships with in-laws and extended family members: Some traditional cultures emphasize the importance of family and others don’t. In some traditional cultures, everything is about the family. If you’re married to someone with strong family-oriented beliefs, you can expect the involvement of their parents, siblings, and other family members in matters and issues related to your marriage. Some people may find this completely unacceptable.
- Diverse life aspirations, expectations and objectives.
At the end of the day, we can’t help who we fall in love with. Marrying a person from a different culture can bring excitement and new experiences. Everyday, you learn something new about your spouse and their culture. Sometimes that’s good for the long run. With love, empathy and understanding, you and your partner can overcome the challenges life throws at you. Of course, communication and adjustment are the two key elements for the success of not just cross-cultural marriages but any marriage for that matter.
Working with a marriage counseling expert is a great start for identifying and coping with the cultural conflicts in a long-term relationship or marriage.
If you’re searching for a competent, compassionate marriage counselor you have come to the right place. Whether you’re tying the knot soon or have been married for ages, Azizeh E. Rezaiyan, an expert in couples therapy and sex therapy, has spent years studying the troubles and issues and cross-cultural relationship and marriage face.
Azizeh E. Rezaiyan being a qualified, licensed therapist, works with you to identify the root causes of any problem in your married life. She provides the environment necessary for couples to openly discuss the problems or challenges they might be facing and helps them find new ways of communicating their concerns. She offers comprehensive cross-cultural marriage counseling and couples counseling at Silicon Valley.
Azizeh E. Rezaiyan has more than two decades of experience and expertise in educating and empowering couples having different cultural values to resolve their differences in a healthy manner and make a fresh start.
It takes two to make a cross-cultural marriage work. Lack of communication can cause your marriage to fall apart. Save your beautiful bond by reaching out to Azizeh E. Rezaiyan. She closely works with her clients, every step of the way, to make sure that they are equipped with the right tools to find solutions to all their marital problems. As every couple’s relationship is unique, Azizeh E. Rezaiyan provides a customized approach that suits their specific needs and objectives.
Clients can book individual as well as couple marriage counseling sessions in a safe and comfortable environment. Whatever problems you share with Azizeh E. Rezaiyan, it will be kept strictly confidential, so don’t hesitate and book an appointment now.