Marriage is hard work. Authentic spousal joy is always under the weight of the cross. At times, be it gradual or sudden, married life can get excessively messy and painful. Even the greatest of marriages experience hardships and stand in need of intervention. Do not be ashamed to seek help for your marriage. It is worth it.
Start with your parish. Approach your priest to start off your journey with prayer and discernment. If specialised assistance is needed, your priest might refer you to a parish-based counsellor or an external counsellor. He might also refer you to a specialised ministry such as Retrouvaille or a marriage enrichment ministry/program.
Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
Have you thought about separation or divorce?
Does talking about it only make it worse?
Do you feel like giving up on your marriage?
If you are reading this, and answered yes to any of the above questions, then the chances are that you are stuck in either the disillusionment or misery stage of your marriage. We can help you out of the hole you find yourselves in.
Marie-Anne Te Brake
Happy wife of 41 years, mother of 4, grandmother to 8 and spiritual mother to many. Experience rolls from the early 1990’s when I trained as an HIV/AIDS educator and counsellor. Since the early 2000’s Marie-Anne has been involved in Sexuality education in schools and churches with both adults and youth. This led to further counselling training for individuals and couples.
She is a member of CPSC and am Supervised by St John Counseling Services which falls under ACRP (Association of Christian Religious Practitioners.
From 2011 – 2020 she headed up the Foundation for the Person and the Family whose activities revolved around spreading the good news of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
In 2021 she set up T.A.P (Talk About Porn South Africa) to provide resources and links and create awareness around the topic of Pornography and it’s impact on children, spouses, marriages and society as a whole. She currently focusses on Betrayal Trauma for partners/spouses of sex/porn addicts.
Beverley and Andrew Frazier were the national leaders of Marriage Encounter SA for many years. Today they are part of our very own MFLC, specialising in Marriage. Beverley is also a trained and qualified marriage counsellor.
Beverley: 082 556 3880
FAMSA is a non-profit organization providing vital services to persons in the family also provide them with psychosocial and emotional support. FAMSA has been in existence since 1954. Our Centres have passionate team of caring, Counselling, Educational, Remedial and Child Social Workers and Counsellor’s to help you and /or your family. We offer a combination of Individual (Adult and Child), Couple, and Family counselling and assessment at affordable rates.
The Marriage & Family Institute SA
The Marriage and family Institute exists to offer educational and therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, including children, who are pained by the anomalies and disappointments in life towards self-mastery, healthy ad effective relations within couples and families.
The Marriage and Family Institute of South Africa places great value on the wellbeing of individuals, marriages, and families, including children. We are committed to provide services to enhance the quality of relationships at every level of human interaction.