My wife and I come from somewhat different backgrounds and ways of living. I am not going to go into details on that, but will only say this difference often causes misunderstanding and misinterpretation. It took me and my wife a great amount of effort and time to get used to each other's way of living. Just for context, my wife and i live in a different city from our parents, but we always keep in touch with them.
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You always maintained your impartiality with us. You encouraged Rita to be more assertive in stating what she wanted to get from your counseling sessions, as well as what she wanted to get from the relationship.
You taught both of us better communication between ourselves, which lead to an emotional comfort level between us that didn't exist before.
You took control of the direction of the session if things were not moving along.
Thanks so much
for helping us."
Rita and Mark