Marriage Counselling Therapists in Ontario

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New Beginnings Barrie
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, MIT, BSc(H)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
Are you anxious? Do you feel stuck? Perhaps you can’t find the right words for what’s going on in your marriage right now? Are you stressed or depressed about life in general? Then it may be time for you to chat with someone like me. Life is hectic every day, but when you have someone who is ready to walk the journey with you, life becomes more enjoyable. My name is Ibukun Ogunsina, and I’d love to give you my shoulders to lean on. I have walked some miles in other people’s shoes. I have also worked with diverse populations and in many settings.
Are you anxious? Do you feel stuck? Perhaps you can’t find the right words for what’s going on in your marriage right now? Are you stressed or depressed about life in general? Then it may be time for you to chat with someone like me. Life is hectic every day, but when you have someone who is ready to walk the journey with you, life becomes more enjoyable. My name is Ibukun Ogunsina, and I’d love to give you my shoulders to lean on. I have walked some miles in other people’s shoes. I have also worked with diverse populations and in many settings.
(249) 490-4528 View (249) 490-4528
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Marinela Braunstein
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP, MFT
Verified Verified
Waterloo, ON N2L
No matter how little hope you might have right now about your marriage, relationship, return to work, or whatever that might be, there is always a professional ear available to help you get through this rough time.
Book directly in my schedule: marinelabraunstein.setmore.com Hello, my name is Marinela. My extensive training in individual, couple & family therapy and over 20 years of practice has helped many individuals and couples get a better understanding of the origin of the concerning issue, as well as make positive choices about their present and future. I have also been working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, boundaries, work stress, relationship/family issues, separation/divorce, and Postpartum struggles...Life transitions can be hard and painful at times, but you do not need to go through it alone.
No matter how little hope you might have right now about your marriage, relationship, return to work, or whatever that might be, there is always a professional ear available to help you get through this rough time.
Book directly in my schedule: marinelabraunstein.setmore.com Hello, my name is Marinela. My extensive training in individual, couple & family therapy and over 20 years of practice has helped many individuals and couples get a better understanding of the origin of the concerning issue, as well as make positive choices about their present and future. I have also been working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, boundaries, work stress, relationship/family issues, separation/divorce, and Postpartum struggles...Life transitions can be hard and painful at times, but you do not need to go through it alone.
(226) 641-6721 View (226) 641-6721
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Pablo Munoz
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4N
Hello! I am Pablo and I have been a psychotherapist for more than 20 years. My experience as an individual and as a marriage counsellor, has led me to develop a technique that creates an environment of freedom and safety to express your challenges. Psychotherapy for me is the possibility to question every option, have the freedom to consider the possible outcomes and consequences of our actions and to have the time and space to decide what can make you happier, prouder and fulfilled. Being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) I have helped individuals and couples in their particular circumstances and challenges in Canada.
Hello! I am Pablo and I have been a psychotherapist for more than 20 years. My experience as an individual and as a marriage counsellor, has led me to develop a technique that creates an environment of freedom and safety to express your challenges. Psychotherapy for me is the possibility to question every option, have the freedom to consider the possible outcomes and consequences of our actions and to have the time and space to decide what can make you happier, prouder and fulfilled. Being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) I have helped individuals and couples in their particular circumstances and challenges in Canada.
(289) 236-1226 View (289) 236-1226
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Kiru Wellness Clinic
Registered Psychotherapist, DMin, RP, RMFT
Verified Verified
Newmarket, ON L3Y  (Online Only)
I hold a Masters in Counselling and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family.
Our landscape has changed. Our capacity for contribution is tied to our capacity to navigate life with confidence. We live in an era of unprecedented stress, pressure and overwhelm. A lack of confidence and increased disconnection is a strong predictor of overall dissatisfaction in life and decreased mental health. People are struggling more than ever, to navigate their life and need real solutions. Most therapy scratches the surface and leaves us frustrated and hopeless. Our method is different. We provide a practical, evidence-based framework to build confidence and connection quickly, and for the long.
I hold a Masters in Counselling and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family.
Our landscape has changed. Our capacity for contribution is tied to our capacity to navigate life with confidence. We live in an era of unprecedented stress, pressure and overwhelm. A lack of confidence and increased disconnection is a strong predictor of overall dissatisfaction in life and decreased mental health. People are struggling more than ever, to navigate their life and need real solutions. Most therapy scratches the surface and leaves us frustrated and hopeless. Our method is different. We provide a practical, evidence-based framework to build confidence and connection quickly, and for the long.
(844) 402-2278 View (844) 402-2278
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Peter Fok
Registered Social Worker, MSc, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Markham, ON L3R
Peter is a FOCCUS facilitator for pre-marital counselling.
From mental health concerns of children and teenagers to life stage adjustment of adults, from individual inner discovery to couple intimacy and family harmony, I shall walk with you and your family at your pace. Together, we can identify barriers, co-construct solutions so you can be stronger, more flexible, and more confident in the face of stress and challenges.
Peter is a FOCCUS facilitator for pre-marital counselling.
From mental health concerns of children and teenagers to life stage adjustment of adults, from individual inner discovery to couple intimacy and family harmony, I shall walk with you and your family at your pace. Together, we can identify barriers, co-construct solutions so you can be stronger, more flexible, and more confident in the face of stress and challenges.
(289) 271-0781 View (289) 271-0781
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Nechama Drookman
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BEd, MA, RPQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vaughan, ON L4J  (Online Only)
You may recognize that something in your life is not aligned with your hopes and dreams. You may feel stuck and are struggling - you don't need to do this alone! I'm here to provide you with the guidance and clarity you seek. You may be experiencing depression, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, ineffective or damaging coping mechanisms such as substance misuse and other addictions, life-cycle crises such as divorce, empty nest, infertility, and marriage and/or parenting difficulties. Together we can uncover and understand the root causes that influence your circumstances and explore options for managing your presenting issues.
You may recognize that something in your life is not aligned with your hopes and dreams. You may feel stuck and are struggling - you don't need to do this alone! I'm here to provide you with the guidance and clarity you seek. You may be experiencing depression, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, ineffective or damaging coping mechanisms such as substance misuse and other addictions, life-cycle crises such as divorce, empty nest, infertility, and marriage and/or parenting difficulties. Together we can uncover and understand the root causes that influence your circumstances and explore options for managing your presenting issues.
(289) 216-8472 View (289) 216-8472
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Geoff Ayton
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
My educational background includes a Masters degree in social work and certificate programs in marriage and family therapy and Narrative therapy.
There are times in our life when it feels like nothing we do makes a difference. Problems become complicated by issues associated with our struggles managing mood or anxiety, feelings of shame, or coping with grief and loss. Situations such as transitions related to life stages, conflict or loss of connection in significant relationships, or changes in mental well being can be distressing and overwhelming. I work hard to build collaborative alliances with clients to co-construct different narratives about our relationship with problems, and develop alternative personal stories of strength, growth and recovery.
My educational background includes a Masters degree in social work and certificate programs in marriage and family therapy and Narrative therapy.
There are times in our life when it feels like nothing we do makes a difference. Problems become complicated by issues associated with our struggles managing mood or anxiety, feelings of shame, or coping with grief and loss. Situations such as transitions related to life stages, conflict or loss of connection in significant relationships, or changes in mental well being can be distressing and overwhelming. I work hard to build collaborative alliances with clients to co-construct different narratives about our relationship with problems, and develop alternative personal stories of strength, growth and recovery.
(705) 995-0167 View (705) 995-0167
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Claire Silvester
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MSc, RP, CHRE
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M9A
Life transitions, betrayal, marriage, parenting, retirement, and grief /loss.
Sit with me in person or dial in virtually across Canada is step one. It’s complementary. Step two we work together on what’s hurting you, maybe relationships, work roadblocks, grief or transitions. It takes bravery to say please help, it’s not unusual that there is no apparent reason. It is ok to need a listening ear to open up new choices on how to live life. It’s ok to need to download, telling me your life’s pressures starts from the get go. Need to relax, I have just the thing ask about experiencing deep relaxation “Let it go”. Virtual throughout Canada, connect for the confidential support you deserve most provinces covered.
Life transitions, betrayal, marriage, parenting, retirement, and grief /loss.
Sit with me in person or dial in virtually across Canada is step one. It’s complementary. Step two we work together on what’s hurting you, maybe relationships, work roadblocks, grief or transitions. It takes bravery to say please help, it’s not unusual that there is no apparent reason. It is ok to need a listening ear to open up new choices on how to live life. It’s ok to need to download, telling me your life’s pressures starts from the get go. Need to relax, I have just the thing ask about experiencing deep relaxation “Let it go”. Virtual throughout Canada, connect for the confidential support you deserve most provinces covered.
(647) 371-0092 View (647) 371-0092
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Trish McLean
Registered Psychotherapist, RN, RP, PhD(Th)
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Bolton, ON L7E
Being present and connecting with couples and families struggling with emotional distress, marital conflicts (illness, separation, affair, divorce and loss), workplace transitions, and individuals.
Covid-19 has revealed the dark side of life. Things are so painful, overwhelming, and hidden hurts and wounds are being exposed. Families, couples, and individuals ask themselves, “Where do we begin? Where are we going?” Your story begins now. As the founder and owner of The Story Isn’t Over, I provide a safe place for you to speak freely, and explore your emotions to find healing in your story.I prioritize an empathetic and compassionate relationship with my clients. I believe that a good therapeutic relationship is critical to the therapeutic process.
Being present and connecting with couples and families struggling with emotional distress, marital conflicts (illness, separation, affair, divorce and loss), workplace transitions, and individuals.
Covid-19 has revealed the dark side of life. Things are so painful, overwhelming, and hidden hurts and wounds are being exposed. Families, couples, and individuals ask themselves, “Where do we begin? Where are we going?” Your story begins now. As the founder and owner of The Story Isn’t Over, I provide a safe place for you to speak freely, and explore your emotions to find healing in your story.I prioritize an empathetic and compassionate relationship with my clients. I believe that a good therapeutic relationship is critical to the therapeutic process.
(647) 957-9163 View (647) 957-9163
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Joseph Bottros - Individual And Couples Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, CTP, MACP, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Georgetown, ON L7G
I work with individuals, couples, families, marriage, partners seeking to navigate life's challenges with resilience and courage. I understand that you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, yearning for deeper connections and understanding. Your goal is to heal past wounds, build stronger relationships, and rediscover joy in your life. I strive to empower you to embrace your strengths, unlock your potential, and create meaningful change.
I work with individuals, couples, families, marriage, partners seeking to navigate life's challenges with resilience and courage. I understand that you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, yearning for deeper connections and understanding. Your goal is to heal past wounds, build stronger relationships, and rediscover joy in your life. I strive to empower you to embrace your strengths, unlock your potential, and create meaningful change.
(289) 216-6868 View (289) 216-6868
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Zahra Halfal
Registered Psychotherapist, MA MFT, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO. I obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the United States. My integrated psychotherapy approach for individual adults/teenagers, couples, and families combines relational, emotion-focused, attachment informed, trauma informed, and somatic elements. This comprehensive approach emphasizes the importance of your relationship with yourself and others, encourages emotional exploration, considers attachment histories, acknowledges trauma's impact, and fosters trust and positive self-esteem. It aims to promote individual/relational healing, inside and out.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO. I obtained a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the United States. My integrated psychotherapy approach for individual adults/teenagers, couples, and families combines relational, emotion-focused, attachment informed, trauma informed, and somatic elements. This comprehensive approach emphasizes the importance of your relationship with yourself and others, encourages emotional exploration, considers attachment histories, acknowledges trauma's impact, and fosters trust and positive self-esteem. It aims to promote individual/relational healing, inside and out.
(289) 276-7867 View (289) 276-7867
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RD Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MACP, MScF(c)
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8H
We provide couples and marriage counseling as well as Sex Therapy.
The practice of RD Psychotherapy is located in Hamilton, ON. Clients can utilize virtual sessions or in person sessions. We provide services for individuals, families, couples and group sessions. We provide services to the general population and specialize with Military and Veteran community, as well as the Indigenous population. Services available in English, Spanish, Italian and Polish.
We provide couples and marriage counseling as well as Sex Therapy.
The practice of RD Psychotherapy is located in Hamilton, ON. Clients can utilize virtual sessions or in person sessions. We provide services for individuals, families, couples and group sessions. We provide services to the general population and specialize with Military and Veteran community, as well as the Indigenous population. Services available in English, Spanish, Italian and Polish.
(647) 496-0784 View (647) 496-0784
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Ambrose Ty
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MDiv, MSc
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Markham, ON L6C  (Online Only)
Marriage or trauma, depression or anxiety; seeking help when you are feeling stuck is difficult but necessary in your first step towards change. By equipping yourself with tools that you can add to your "toolbox" of life, you will find ways to overcome difficult situations which can guide you to growth, change or healing. As a registered psychotherapist (RP), my specialty is working with those who have experienced trauma, couples who are experiencing marital difficulties, and individuals that are struggling through mental health issues, especially youth.
Marriage or trauma, depression or anxiety; seeking help when you are feeling stuck is difficult but necessary in your first step towards change. By equipping yourself with tools that you can add to your "toolbox" of life, you will find ways to overcome difficult situations which can guide you to growth, change or healing. As a registered psychotherapist (RP), my specialty is working with those who have experienced trauma, couples who are experiencing marital difficulties, and individuals that are struggling through mental health issues, especially youth.
(647) 493-1950 View (647) 493-1950
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Haegyun Jung
Registered Psychotherapist, M,Div, MCP
Verified Verified
North York, ON M2H
I have been involved in individual counseling for issues such as marital conflicts, personal anxiety, depression, and anger management.
I am a psychotherapist in Toronto, providing treatment for mental health issues, and also serving as a pastor in a local church. Within and outside the church, I offer coaching to individuals, helping them prepare for meaningful connections and personal growth. My coaching approach involves analyzing, adjusting, and harmonizing areas of improvement in four key domains: emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. I aim to support individuals in their journey of growth by addressing areas where they may be lacking or experiencing challenges.
I have been involved in individual counseling for issues such as marital conflicts, personal anxiety, depression, and anger management.
I am a psychotherapist in Toronto, providing treatment for mental health issues, and also serving as a pastor in a local church. Within and outside the church, I offer coaching to individuals, helping them prepare for meaningful connections and personal growth. My coaching approach involves analyzing, adjusting, and harmonizing areas of improvement in four key domains: emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. I aim to support individuals in their journey of growth by addressing areas where they may be lacking or experiencing challenges.
(289) 301-8917 View (289) 301-8917
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Kim Lawrence
Registered Social Worker, BScH, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Kingston, ON K7M
I offer person-centered, attachment-based counselling services in order to assist with relationship enhancement, personal growth, healing, awareness and emotional understanding. I offer compassionate, confidential counselling sessions and have experience working with individuals and couples in the following areas: Stress, anxiety and depression; Relationship concerns; Grief and loss; Physical and sexual abuse; Self-esteem concerns; Anger management; Parenting/co-parenting concerns; Separation and divorce; Pre-marital education. I work within a collective with fellow RSWs and RPs. Please see website for further details.
I offer person-centered, attachment-based counselling services in order to assist with relationship enhancement, personal growth, healing, awareness and emotional understanding. I offer compassionate, confidential counselling sessions and have experience working with individuals and couples in the following areas: Stress, anxiety and depression; Relationship concerns; Grief and loss; Physical and sexual abuse; Self-esteem concerns; Anger management; Parenting/co-parenting concerns; Separation and divorce; Pre-marital education. I work within a collective with fellow RSWs and RPs. Please see website for further details.
(343) 655-4100 View (343) 655-4100
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Adisa A A Azubuike
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5R
I have been providing psychotherapy for over 30 years, and I am still humbled by, and passionate about the process of therapeutic change. I always work collaboratively with my clients be they parents, children, teens, adults, or athletes, and I strive to continually engage, diagnose, plan, and treat as effectively as I can. For me, working with children, teens, young adults, athletes, and pre-marital couples is most satisfying because of the preventive and early interventive nature of the work. I take pride in providing a place and a space where clients can relax, reflect, re-commit, and experience their desired transformations.
I have been providing psychotherapy for over 30 years, and I am still humbled by, and passionate about the process of therapeutic change. I always work collaboratively with my clients be they parents, children, teens, adults, or athletes, and I strive to continually engage, diagnose, plan, and treat as effectively as I can. For me, working with children, teens, young adults, athletes, and pre-marital couples is most satisfying because of the preventive and early interventive nature of the work. I take pride in providing a place and a space where clients can relax, reflect, re-commit, and experience their desired transformations.
(855) 679-1030 View (855) 679-1030
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Eunjung Shin
Registered Psychotherapist, ThM, STM, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5B  (Online Only)
I am a bilingual psychotherapist(RP) and enjoy working on anxiety, depression, anger, relationships, sexual abuse survivors, women's issues, loss and grief, family issues, and spiritual issues, I have trained as a pastoral counsellor, a marriage and family therapist, and an EFT(Emotion Focused Therapy) therapist.
I am a bilingual psychotherapist(RP) and enjoy working on anxiety, depression, anger, relationships, sexual abuse survivors, women's issues, loss and grief, family issues, and spiritual issues, I have trained as a pastoral counsellor, a marriage and family therapist, and an EFT(Emotion Focused Therapy) therapist.
(855) 971-1685 View (855) 971-1685
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Theresa Vinokuroff
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Do you need assistance navigating life’s ups and downs or any issues/stressors you might be facing? Everyone, at one point or another, goes through hardships at work, with their children and families, or in their marriage. Reaching out is a natural and healthy step, whether you are going through situational issues or long-standing ones. I have experience working with adults, youth and children dealing with a variety of difficulties, doing my best to help make life’s journey a tad less bumpy. I provide both individual and couple counselling, and I currently have immediate availability in person as well as virtually.
Do you need assistance navigating life’s ups and downs or any issues/stressors you might be facing? Everyone, at one point or another, goes through hardships at work, with their children and families, or in their marriage. Reaching out is a natural and healthy step, whether you are going through situational issues or long-standing ones. I have experience working with adults, youth and children dealing with a variety of difficulties, doing my best to help make life’s journey a tad less bumpy. I provide both individual and couple counselling, and I currently have immediate availability in person as well as virtually.
(613) 704-3518 View (613) 704-3518
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Tracy Howson
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA (CP), MPA, BSc, IA
Verified Verified
Richards Landing, ON P0R  (Online Only)
I have completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Training Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Treating Trauma and Affairs, the Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work.
Hello and Welcome. Life can be messy and challenging, whether struggling with day-to-day stress and anxiety, grief and bereavement, or other life difficulties and changes. If you want to be more peaceful and hopeful, more confident or want to focus on personal growth, I can help. We can work together to discuss what happened in your past, what's happening now, and how to move forward. I have worked with individuals and couples seeking to improve their relationship. ​In addition to 60 or 90 minute session, I offer 1 and 2 day in person - intensive couple sessions.
I have completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Training Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Treating Trauma and Affairs, the Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work.
Hello and Welcome. Life can be messy and challenging, whether struggling with day-to-day stress and anxiety, grief and bereavement, or other life difficulties and changes. If you want to be more peaceful and hopeful, more confident or want to focus on personal growth, I can help. We can work together to discuss what happened in your past, what's happening now, and how to move forward. I have worked with individuals and couples seeking to improve their relationship. ​In addition to 60 or 90 minute session, I offer 1 and 2 day in person - intensive couple sessions.
(226) 917-7239 View (226) 917-7239
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Katrin Mizrahi
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, LMFT, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4V  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. With over 20 years of clinical experience, I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families. My areas of focus include Interpersonal Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Parenting, ADHD, Trauma, Life Transitions, Loss and Grief.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. With over 20 years of clinical experience, I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families. My areas of focus include Interpersonal Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Parenting, ADHD, Trauma, Life Transitions, Loss and Grief.
(844) 402-1226 View (844) 402-1226

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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.