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User Topic: First MC session on Tuesday, what to expect?
♀ 38805
Member # 38805
Default  Posted: 2:54 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We have our first MC session on Tuesday. This is all very new to me so what kind of things might happen? UK answers especially appreciated. And if you've been through it, did MC help you?

Thanks. X

Posts: 309 | Registered: Mar 2013
♀ 37044
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Default  Posted: 6:55 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The first session can be a relief (finally!) and also a bit of a frustration because it's usually about getting to know you, your M history, issues, intake questions etc...

Sometimes it's subsequent sessions that are more satisfying...

BW, R last 4 years of marriage out of 15... FINALLY, HAPPILY DIVORCING!

We are in R.

Posts: 698 | Registered: Oct 2012
♀ 39058
Member # 39058
Default  Posted: 7:27 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi hobbeskat - almost immediately after my WH confessed to his affair back in January we went to MC. The lady we saw was recommended by a friend who had been to her with her whole family for counselling so not quite same reasons!

The first session was all about getting to know us and subsequently she was pretty much hands off giving us space and time to communicate as a couple in a safe environment. It did help although after a few weeks I felt we needed a more direct approach.

We stopped going while my WH had some IC. And we are going to restart with a new MC next week. This one has a different approach so don't know what to expect from her.

I wish you success and would advise you to remember that your counsellor is working for you. Make sure you feel comfortable with them and honesty is always the best policy!

Me: BW 45
Him: WH 48
Married: 6 years, together 9 years
D-day: 3 January 2013 - he confessed.
A: June-Dec 2012
No children.

Posts: 153 | Registered: Apr 2013 | From: UK
♀ 38805
Member # 38805
Default  Posted: 8:25 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks guys. I'm going to try and go in with an open mind. Its been a hard week and I've been increasingly thinking this is a deal breaker for me.

Posts: 309 | Registered: Mar 2013
♀ 39181
Member # 39181
Default  Posted: 8:46 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The first session was really painful for me. Hearing WS tell the MC hurt. Hearing everything out loud in one big lump.

Treat yourself to something relaxing afterwards

Me - BS
Him - WS (N3v3rG1v1ngUp)
Together 7 years, married for 2
He was cheating for 5 years
5 OW
D-days: 4/23/13, 4/27/13, 5/10/13
1 toddler, baby girl on the way in December

Posts: 160 | Registered: May 2013 | From: Illinois
♂ 31240
Member # 31240
Default  Posted: 10:23 AM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I think it'll help to go in with some goals and even an agenda you and your H agree on beforehand, if possible.

Let the MC know what your goals and agenda are, just in outline. You and MC can work on a joint agenda (yours and MC's). You probably won't follow it exactly or get to everything quickly, but the focus usually helps.

fBH (me) - 66 on d-day, Married 43, together 45 on d-day, same sex ap
DDay - 12/22/2010
Recover'd and R'ed
Most of us know only our own experience. That's not enough data to support a general rule that D, or R, is right in every sitch.

Posts: 17112 | Registered: Feb 2011 | From: Illinois
♀ 31558
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Default  Posted: 9:17 PM, June 7th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Make sure the MC is on the same page as the experts here on SI when it comes to infidelity. Find out what books they recommend reading. Are they the same as the ones recommended here. If not, why? It's not easy to find a good MC. The first one may or may not be the right one for you. It took us three tries, four if you count his IC.

The first MC we found was okay but not good enough. She was the type who wouldn't have an opinion which left WH to believe whatever he wanted.

The second MC was completely out of his league and a nightmare. The lies WH told in there were over the top, MC fell for them and thought I was just being mean for not believing WH. I was able to confirm the lies after the last meeting and refused to go back to MC after that.

WS's IC was a POS who supported WH not going into the 6 month in treatment program WH had promised to go to because then he wouldn't have often paid for 6 months. He also made it clear he didn't care about our marriage and that I was jeopardizing WH's sobriety by being upset about the A.

WH fell off the wagon again after I quit MC and Ingave him an utimatum, ditch IC and come up with a new treatment plan that I approve of or I was done. We got advice from the in treatment program and were directed to an MC who knew what he was doing both regarding infidelity and alcoholism.

The MC was the char. Him and the fact that I was done tolerating any more crap and it still has taken more than a year of battling it out with the help of a good MC for WH to start to get it.

Go in there prepared to get your answers met about whether or not this MC is the right one for you so you don't waste time, money and emotional energy with the wrong counselor.

Me: BW a youthful 51
Him: alcoholic, sober now, WH 58
Married 21 years
Two sons, 18 & 19 years old
DD? He's still keeping secrets and only admits to what I have indisputable
evidence of... the $2000 earrings he bought her for x-mas.

Posts: 1585 | Registered: Mar 2011 | From: California
♀ 35803
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Default  Posted: 11:31 PM, June 8th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My family has been seeing our MC for almost 2 years. It started out with my daughter having emotional issues and trying to get her to work through them. Once my FWH left me I was seeing her on my own to get through the issues as well as having my daughters see her during this time so that they had some where they could go to talk about their feelings. Since the start of R we have been seeing the same counselor. For us it was to lay down a foundation for what both of us wanted and where we would like to see or relationship go.
Wishing you the best on Tuesday ((hugs))

BS- 37
married 13 years together 19
DD- 5/27/12
He walked out on me and the girls 5/26/12
Recovery started 9/15/12

Hoping for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom!!!!

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