Marriage Counselling Therapists in Kelowna, BC

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Photo of Jadon Ward, Counsellor in Kelowna, BC
Jadon Ward
Counsellor, MA, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
My specialties are working with stress and anxiety, marriage and relationships, and ADHD symptoms.
The last few years have been hard on everyone, and you may have experienced new relational stress, financial stress, and anxiety about what the future might hold. Like many people, you might find yourself overwhelmed or feeling helpless. These stresses and pressures can affect your work, your relationships and your loved ones as well. If you are struggling in these tough times, I can help you find new ways to cope and manage. Together we can identify the root of your stress, find ways to cope with it, and manage your anxiety. My goal in counselling is to go beyond giving you ways to live with your problems.
My specialties are working with stress and anxiety, marriage and relationships, and ADHD symptoms.
The last few years have been hard on everyone, and you may have experienced new relational stress, financial stress, and anxiety about what the future might hold. Like many people, you might find yourself overwhelmed or feeling helpless. These stresses and pressures can affect your work, your relationships and your loved ones as well. If you are struggling in these tough times, I can help you find new ways to cope and manage. Together we can identify the root of your stress, find ways to cope with it, and manage your anxiety. My goal in counselling is to go beyond giving you ways to live with your problems.
(778) 401-3882 View (778) 401-3882
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Virtuous Circle Counselling
Registered Social Worker, RCSW
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Our specialties include anxiety counselling, depression counselling, major life transitions, trauma therapy and marriage counselling.
We here at Virtuous Circle Counselling believe deeply in coming from situations of vicious cycles to those of virtuous circles. Vicious cycles are harmful and detrimental and will have you feeling like you are in a rut that you cannot get out of. Virtuous circles come from places of nonjudgmental and growth. At Virtuous Circle Counselling we know mental health is important and we aim to facilitate the change you seek. Our Registered Clinical Therapists offer in-person sessions, online therapy, or phone counselling to help support our clients.
Our specialties include anxiety counselling, depression counselling, major life transitions, trauma therapy and marriage counselling.
We here at Virtuous Circle Counselling believe deeply in coming from situations of vicious cycles to those of virtuous circles. Vicious cycles are harmful and detrimental and will have you feeling like you are in a rut that you cannot get out of. Virtuous circles come from places of nonjudgmental and growth. At Virtuous Circle Counselling we know mental health is important and we aim to facilitate the change you seek. Our Registered Clinical Therapists offer in-person sessions, online therapy, or phone counselling to help support our clients.
(778) 654-5396 View (778) 654-5396
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Next Step Counselling Group
Counsellor, MACP, RCC, BSc
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Next Step Counselling is a group practice comprised of compassionate, goal oriented therapists looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. Next Step is dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. We specialize in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, couples, and marital problems. Next Step can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. We are highly trained RCC's and understand that life can have many challenges, and our goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
Next Step Counselling is a group practice comprised of compassionate, goal oriented therapists looking to welcome you to a positive place of healthy change. Next Step is dedicated to helping people in our community foster change and embark upon personal development. We specialize in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, couples, and marital problems. Next Step can help alleviate the daily challenges that life has to offer. We are highly trained RCC's and understand that life can have many challenges, and our goal is to help people navigate through life’s tougher situations. Please get in touch for more information!
(343) 300-3220 View (343) 300-3220
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Coleen Adderley
Counsellor, MACP, BHSc, LPN, MCBT-P, CCT-P
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Working on personal problems in therapy can help bring added meaning to your life, help you to learn excellent conflict resolution skills, and improve your marriage.
With over 24 years experience in health care, Coleen is passionate about empowering and helping clients to regain peace of mind and find balance in their lives. She is non-judgemental, empathetic, and provides a safe and trustworthy environment that lends well to building a trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Using an all encompassing approach, she looks at every aspect of her clients lives, including their physical and mental health as well as their social supports to create a unique individualized treatment plan for each client. Coleen uses a trauma informed lens to help her client who struggle with trauma & more.
Working on personal problems in therapy can help bring added meaning to your life, help you to learn excellent conflict resolution skills, and improve your marriage.
With over 24 years experience in health care, Coleen is passionate about empowering and helping clients to regain peace of mind and find balance in their lives. She is non-judgemental, empathetic, and provides a safe and trustworthy environment that lends well to building a trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Using an all encompassing approach, she looks at every aspect of her clients lives, including their physical and mental health as well as their social supports to create a unique individualized treatment plan for each client. Coleen uses a trauma informed lens to help her client who struggle with trauma & more.
(581) 204-4051 View (581) 204-4051
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Erle Robert Jaeger
Counsellor, BA, MDiv, MSc, MFT, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Erle Jaeger and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counselor in an "Online Private Practice" in the province of BC. I have been a Mental Health Professional for over 30 years. I use a trauma sensitive, client centered approach using a combination of CBT, mindfulness, and generally speaking a narrative approach to therapy.
Hi, my name is Erle Jaeger and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counselor in an "Online Private Practice" in the province of BC. I have been a Mental Health Professional for over 30 years. I use a trauma sensitive, client centered approach using a combination of CBT, mindfulness, and generally speaking a narrative approach to therapy.
(438) 600-3226 View (438) 600-3226
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Terri-Lynn Kent
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Hello! My name is Terri-Lynn and I would welcome the opportunity to offer you support and guidance as you navigate your current challenges. I will strive to create a safe, relaxed and healing space for you to tell your story and to collaborate with you towards the development of strategies to reach your goals. To assist you with this therapeutic process, I will draw upon my 20+ years of clinical experience in health care, having worked closely with individuals and families living with dementia, cancer, persistent pain, developmental disabilities, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.
Hello! My name is Terri-Lynn and I would welcome the opportunity to offer you support and guidance as you navigate your current challenges. I will strive to create a safe, relaxed and healing space for you to tell your story and to collaborate with you towards the development of strategies to reach your goals. To assist you with this therapeutic process, I will draw upon my 20+ years of clinical experience in health care, having worked closely with individuals and families living with dementia, cancer, persistent pain, developmental disabilities, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.
(778) 477-0066 View (778) 477-0066
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Bill Schuilenberg
Counsellor, RPC, MPCC-S, CSAT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
While helping men recover from problematic sexuality and intimacy challenges, I also help couples rebuild their marriage.
Many of my clients are men with personal and relational challenges, such as sexual addiction, infidelity, compulsive pornography use and intimacy challenges. Depression, addiction and anxiety are often linked with relationship difficulties. Working with you to measure your psychological health, we then find solutions by integrating your psycho-education with your strengths to find a positive way forward. I look forward to helping you reclaim your life from the damage of compulsive sexual behaviours. Online and in-person sessions available.
While helping men recover from problematic sexuality and intimacy challenges, I also help couples rebuild their marriage.
Many of my clients are men with personal and relational challenges, such as sexual addiction, infidelity, compulsive pornography use and intimacy challenges. Depression, addiction and anxiety are often linked with relationship difficulties. Working with you to measure your psychological health, we then find solutions by integrating your psycho-education with your strengths to find a positive way forward. I look forward to helping you reclaim your life from the damage of compulsive sexual behaviours. Online and in-person sessions available.
(778) 760-9071 View (778) 760-9071
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Kim Ewing Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MA, MSc, RMFT, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
I've been practicing since 1995 & I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor & Marriage & Family Therapist. However, I am now only accepting individual clients 18+. It's clear to me that we can all struggle, even if we are successful in other areas of our lives. Life can be unpredictable & the stress & demands of everyday life, work & relationships can take its toll. As stressors build, you may find yourself struggling with anxiety, mood, eating, body image issues or turning to addictive behaviours. You may also find that unresolved grief or past trauma keeps seeping into your daily life & especially when you least want or expect it.
I've been practicing since 1995 & I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor & Marriage & Family Therapist. However, I am now only accepting individual clients 18+. It's clear to me that we can all struggle, even if we are successful in other areas of our lives. Life can be unpredictable & the stress & demands of everyday life, work & relationships can take its toll. As stressors build, you may find yourself struggling with anxiety, mood, eating, body image issues or turning to addictive behaviours. You may also find that unresolved grief or past trauma keeps seeping into your daily life & especially when you least want or expect it.
(778) 765-3413 View (778) 765-3413
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Eric Kuelker
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Twice the likelihood of saving your marriage.
You came here because you are hurting and overwhelmed. And you want things to improve, so that you can quiet the turmoil, and feel much better again. You have made the right choice. Yet choosing the right psychologist is tricky. You want the best help available, someone who is caring, and truly helpful. That is why I use Feedback Improved Therapy. It consists of measuring in each session whether you are improving as a result of therapy, and your sense of teamwork with me. 3 research studies show that this doubles the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
Twice the likelihood of saving your marriage.
You came here because you are hurting and overwhelmed. And you want things to improve, so that you can quiet the turmoil, and feel much better again. You have made the right choice. Yet choosing the right psychologist is tricky. You want the best help available, someone who is caring, and truly helpful. That is why I use Feedback Improved Therapy. It consists of measuring in each session whether you are improving as a result of therapy, and your sense of teamwork with me. 3 research studies show that this doubles the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
(250) 984-8349 View (250) 984-8349
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Valerie Harbour
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Some of my areas of counselling experience include marriage and relationship issues, such as communication or trust issues; anxiety or depression, and dealing with chronic pain or life changes.
Life happens. Will you let life happen to you, or will you choose your direction? Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, or just feeling stuck, you always have a choice. I work with individuals, couples and families to cultivate new ways of looking at problems. I will draw on your strengths and also help you develop new skills to assist you along the way.
Some of my areas of counselling experience include marriage and relationship issues, such as communication or trust issues; anxiety or depression, and dealing with chronic pain or life changes.
Life happens. Will you let life happen to you, or will you choose your direction? Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life changes, or just feeling stuck, you always have a choice. I work with individuals, couples and families to cultivate new ways of looking at problems. I will draw on your strengths and also help you develop new skills to assist you along the way.
(855) 591-6871 View (855) 591-6871
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Innerverse Therapy
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
We work with individuals, couples, and families to address a wide variety of concerns. Areas of focus may include: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Marital issues, Separation, Divorce, Parenting, Relationship problems, Addictions, Low self-esteem, Assertiveness, Anger, Communication, Career issues, Grief, Aging, Health issues.
We work with individuals, couples, and families to address a wide variety of concerns. Areas of focus may include: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Marital issues, Separation, Divorce, Parenting, Relationship problems, Addictions, Low self-esteem, Assertiveness, Anger, Communication, Career issues, Grief, Aging, Health issues.
(506) 497-6457 View (506) 497-6457
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Lisa Moore Clinical Counselor & Play Therapy Supvr
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1X
Crossroads Collective's mission is to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives. Many of us struggle with alcohol / addictions, experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from one role to another in our daily lives. Some of us lose people we love, dreams we can no longer achieve, changes in careers, the diagnosis of a child with special needs, a loved one entering care, or who is ailing in health, Divorce from a spouse, the beginning of a new marriage, perhaps with a blended family. We accept private insurance plans, Victim Services(CVAP), ICBC Claims and Autism
Crossroads Collective's mission is to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives. Many of us struggle with alcohol / addictions, experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from one role to another in our daily lives. Some of us lose people we love, dreams we can no longer achieve, changes in careers, the diagnosis of a child with special needs, a loved one entering care, or who is ailing in health, Divorce from a spouse, the beginning of a new marriage, perhaps with a blended family. We accept private insurance plans, Victim Services(CVAP), ICBC Claims and Autism
(506) 496-0739 View (506) 496-0739
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Dr. David Hersh - Hersh Ctr for Sexual Wellness
EdD, LMFT, CST, ABS, FAACS
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
My specialty is Human Sexuality. I'm a Certified Sex Therapist, Psychotherapist and am a retired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have 40+ years experience. I was trained, mentored and supervised by Dr. Wardell Pomeroy of the Kinsey Institute. I help my patients achieve their greatest sexual and relationship potential, beyond diagnosis and treatment of their concerns, to reach the most exciting levels of an intimate relationship. I see many patients online. It is efficient and effective, and it permits the intimacy and immediacy of an in-office consultation, from the comfort of your home or office.
My specialty is Human Sexuality. I'm a Certified Sex Therapist, Psychotherapist and am a retired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I have 40+ years experience. I was trained, mentored and supervised by Dr. Wardell Pomeroy of the Kinsey Institute. I help my patients achieve their greatest sexual and relationship potential, beyond diagnosis and treatment of their concerns, to reach the most exciting levels of an intimate relationship. I see many patients online. It is efficient and effective, and it permits the intimacy and immediacy of an in-office consultation, from the comfort of your home or office.
(403) 606-3183 View (403) 606-3183
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Angela Slade
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CMHIMP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V4V  (Online Only)
The transitional period of mid-life can be a challenging time for many women. We are forced to confront our own mortality which can leave us considering what needs to change. One of the most common struggles women in mid-life face is the sense of stagnation in their lives. Many women struggle with feeling invisible as they age and as their bodies change. The pressure to conform to societal expectations can be overwhelming, and many women feel trapped in cycles of dysfunction in different areas of their lives, including marriage, friendships, career, family, and society.
The transitional period of mid-life can be a challenging time for many women. We are forced to confront our own mortality which can leave us considering what needs to change. One of the most common struggles women in mid-life face is the sense of stagnation in their lives. Many women struggle with feeling invisible as they age and as their bodies change. The pressure to conform to societal expectations can be overwhelming, and many women feel trapped in cycles of dysfunction in different areas of their lives, including marriage, friendships, career, family, and society.
(778) 771-2365 View (778) 771-2365
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Dr. Mitch Bonin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1P
Bonin offers Gottman based methods for couples and marital therapy.
Life struggles and trauma have a way of affecting how we live our lives. I am committed to helping you gain insight on "How you got here, What is keeping you here, and How to move forward." My goal of therapy is to help you gain a different perspectives to help you make positive life changes. I am here to help you identify and develop strategies to reduce the negative impact that your mental health has on your life. I adopted a saying that goes like this - "The universe rewards action." I believe if you are stuck in life just do something different. I am hoping that you choosing to work with is a step to helping you move forward.
Bonin offers Gottman based methods for couples and marital therapy.
Life struggles and trauma have a way of affecting how we live our lives. I am committed to helping you gain insight on "How you got here, What is keeping you here, and How to move forward." My goal of therapy is to help you gain a different perspectives to help you make positive life changes. I am here to help you identify and develop strategies to reduce the negative impact that your mental health has on your life. I adopted a saying that goes like this - "The universe rewards action." I believe if you are stuck in life just do something different. I am hoping that you choosing to work with is a step to helping you move forward.
(249) 209-6336 View (249) 209-6336
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Wise Mind Centre
Psychologist, PhD, R, Psych
Verified
Kelowna, BC V1P
Wise Mind Centre is a Vancouver-based psychology clinic that provides in-person counselling services in Vancouver, Burnaby, and surrounding areas, and online services to all residents in British Columbia. Our psychologists help individuals struggling with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, OCD, depression, substance use, emotional eating, parenting difficulties, self-harm, trauma, suicidal ideations, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, marital problems, and BPD. We offer primarily CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based treatments. You may book online with us directly here: https://wisemindcentre.janeapp.com/.
Wise Mind Centre is a Vancouver-based psychology clinic that provides in-person counselling services in Vancouver, Burnaby, and surrounding areas, and online services to all residents in British Columbia. Our psychologists help individuals struggling with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, OCD, depression, substance use, emotional eating, parenting difficulties, self-harm, trauma, suicidal ideations, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, marital problems, and BPD. We offer primarily CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based treatments. You may book online with us directly here: https://wisemindcentre.janeapp.com/.
(778) 608-5867 View (778) 608-5867
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Michelle Keough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1W
Waitlist for new clients
With over 12 years of experience, I have a sound knowledge in the treatment of relationship and marriage issues, anxiety and depression.
Feeling disconnected from you partner has got you feeling discouraged and frustrated in relationship. You are tired of having the same arguments continue to happen in your relationship with no understanding. Being stuck in miscommunication patterns between you and your partner that lead to disconnection between you both, is holding you back from creating a secure loving bond with your partner. You can ensure I will offer a safe place for you to become unstuck in these patterns and move towards the growth you are longing for. I will work with you on devising the how to overcome these stuck patterns and create the love you want.
With over 12 years of experience, I have a sound knowledge in the treatment of relationship and marriage issues, anxiety and depression.
Feeling disconnected from you partner has got you feeling discouraged and frustrated in relationship. You are tired of having the same arguments continue to happen in your relationship with no understanding. Being stuck in miscommunication patterns between you and your partner that lead to disconnection between you both, is holding you back from creating a secure loving bond with your partner. You can ensure I will offer a safe place for you to become unstuck in these patterns and move towards the growth you are longing for. I will work with you on devising the how to overcome these stuck patterns and create the love you want.
(587) 329-9320 View (587) 329-9320
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Andrea La
Counsellor, RPC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Waitlist for new clients
Focused on issues such as historical and recent trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, low self-worth, and emotional distress. Andrea empowers her Clients to use their individual strengths to navigate through life’s challenges with confidence. She is passionate about working with Clients with a history of Trauma and uses a Trauma-Informed lens throughout the counselling process. She offers Psycho-education which helps her Clients understand themselves better & teaches her Clients tangible skills that they can use to reduce stress and prevent future crisis.
Focused on issues such as historical and recent trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, low self-worth, and emotional distress. Andrea empowers her Clients to use their individual strengths to navigate through life’s challenges with confidence. She is passionate about working with Clients with a history of Trauma and uses a Trauma-Informed lens throughout the counselling process. She offers Psycho-education which helps her Clients understand themselves better & teaches her Clients tangible skills that they can use to reduce stress and prevent future crisis.
(867) 292-1781 View (867) 292-1781
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Katelyn Urban
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y
Accepting new clients! Welcome. Counselling provides you with a space to land where you can feel supported and cared for. Seeking help for your personal well-being can feel vulnerable, but it is an incredible act of courage given life is full of unpredictable challenges and messy moments. I am here to support you with these moments. So many of us encounter relationship difficulties, overpowering emotions, and mental health related struggles that prevent us from engaging meaningfully in our lives. I am committed to creating a safe space for you to explore pathways to authenticity and a more fulfilling and joyful life.
Accepting new clients! Welcome. Counselling provides you with a space to land where you can feel supported and cared for. Seeking help for your personal well-being can feel vulnerable, but it is an incredible act of courage given life is full of unpredictable challenges and messy moments. I am here to support you with these moments. So many of us encounter relationship difficulties, overpowering emotions, and mental health related struggles that prevent us from engaging meaningfully in our lives. I am committed to creating a safe space for you to explore pathways to authenticity and a more fulfilling and joyful life.
(548) 409-0445 View (548) 409-0445
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Zara Neukom
Counsellor, BSc, MACP, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kelowna, BC V1Y  (Online Only)
My work as a therapist is informed by human resilience and our intrinsic drive to heal. I believe that we are oriented towards growth, and the integration of trauma, life experience and pain is the doorway to actualization. I see therapy as a tool for becoming, it is process of unfolding, discovering and meeting yourself. This work can be challenging: struggle is part of the human experience, however, so is transformation, connection, and change. I work closely with those who have experienced trauma, disordered eating and body image issues, and anxiety and depression.
My work as a therapist is informed by human resilience and our intrinsic drive to heal. I believe that we are oriented towards growth, and the integration of trauma, life experience and pain is the doorway to actualization. I see therapy as a tool for becoming, it is process of unfolding, discovering and meeting yourself. This work can be challenging: struggle is part of the human experience, however, so is transformation, connection, and change. I work closely with those who have experienced trauma, disordered eating and body image issues, and anxiety and depression.
(226) 602-5998 View (226) 602-5998

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Marriage Counselling

How does marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling works by teaching couples concrete skills to communicate with one another and solve disagreements in healthy ways. A trained mental health professional works with both members of a couple to explore difficulties the couple may be having and helps them develop skills to address these matters. Couples who don’t have any difficulties but want to prepare for marriage may develop skills for the future.

How long does marriage counseling typically last?

Marriage counseling is a short-term form of therapy; the process may last between four and eight sessions. Other forms of relationship guidance from mental health professionals, such as couples therapy, are longer lasting, may focus on the past rather than just the present, and are tailored to the individual couple and their emotions, history, and patterns in the relationship. Couples therapy often lasts for 12 weeks or longer.

Is marriage counseling effective?

Marriage counseling helps many couples develop relationship skills that may not have been acquired or tested in a relationship; partners may be better able to communicate and address conflict following counseling. However, there are many different forms of marriage counseling, and this form of counseling does not have as strong an evidence base as other modalities such as couples therapy.

Is marriage counseling effective if only one partner wants to go?

Yes, marriage counseling can still be effective if one partner convinces the other to engage in the process. Of course, whether counseling is effective depends on the couple’s commitment to work on their relationship; however, the short-term, skills-based nature of marriage counseling makes it a relatively easy “ask” of a partner, and the hesitant individual may see its value once counseling begins.