Marriage Counselling Therapists in Montréal, QC

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Tom Caplan
MSW, MFT
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3S
Waitlist for new clients
Tom Caplan, MSW, MFT is a licensed Social worker (OTSTCFQ), Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor (AAMFT/CAMFT), and psychotherapist (OPQ) in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He was an Adjunct Professor at McGill University (Ret.) in the School of Social Work and consultant to the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic, Montreal Anger Management Centre and the Caplan Therapy Centre. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence and Generalized Violence for the Quebec Court System. Tom is on staff at the Cree Baord of Health and is a contractor for KSCS.
Tom Caplan, MSW, MFT is a licensed Social worker (OTSTCFQ), Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor (AAMFT/CAMFT), and psychotherapist (OPQ) in private practice who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. He was an Adjunct Professor at McGill University (Ret.) in the School of Social Work and consultant to the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic, Montreal Anger Management Centre and the Caplan Therapy Centre. He is also a designated expert in Domestic Violence and Generalized Violence for the Quebec Court System. Tom is on staff at the Cree Baord of Health and is a contractor for KSCS.
(514) 400-2520 View (514) 400-2520
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Laura Gilbert
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA Psy, Coach
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2V  (Online Only)
Formerly a California, US, Psychotherapist. Currently a Marriage and Family Therapist, an ADHD/Attention Coach, and Adjunct Professor, Psychology. Learn to effectively manage ADD/ADHD challenges with evidence based interventions and techniques. Develop cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills. Regain control over thoughts and emotions.
Formerly a California, US, Psychotherapist. Currently a Marriage and Family Therapist, an ADHD/Attention Coach, and Adjunct Professor, Psychology. Learn to effectively manage ADD/ADHD challenges with evidence based interventions and techniques. Develop cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills. Regain control over thoughts and emotions.
(438) 255-0978 View (438) 255-0978
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Charbel Michel Ibrahim
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, TCF, Psycho, Coach, NLP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4K
I am a marriage and family therapist, a licensed psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience. My areas of expertise include treatments for trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, grief, stress management, bereavement, perinatal bereavement, couple and family difficulties. I believe everyone has inner resources, so I honor my clients’ unique perspectives, values and strengths.
I am a marriage and family therapist, a licensed psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience. My areas of expertise include treatments for trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, grief, stress management, bereavement, perinatal bereavement, couple and family difficulties. I believe everyone has inner resources, so I honor my clients’ unique perspectives, values and strengths.
(450) 954-4854 View (450) 954-4854
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Kameli Counselling
Counsellor, MA, CCC, CRPO
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3B
Your situation, needs, obstacles &goals are unique to you. Therefore the approaches used are tailored to best fit your specific needs. Before we explore the changes you want to make in your unique situation, we explore together to understand the nature of your problems or concerns in great depth and detail. I provide the safe, strictly confidential space for you to freely explore your issues at a pace that best suits you, while also encouraging your growth. I deal with issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, coping skills, relationships, changes after marriage, sexuality, existential questions, finding meaning after loss & other areas, with individuals and couples.
Your situation, needs, obstacles &goals are unique to you. Therefore the approaches used are tailored to best fit your specific needs. Before we explore the changes you want to make in your unique situation, we explore together to understand the nature of your problems or concerns in great depth and detail. I provide the safe, strictly confidential space for you to freely explore your issues at a pace that best suits you, while also encouraging your growth. I deal with issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, coping skills, relationships, changes after marriage, sexuality, existential questions, finding meaning after loss & other areas, with individuals and couples.
(438) 230-6163 View (438) 230-6163
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Patricia Ivan
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
Patricia is an experienced individual and marital/family therapist. She is a sensitive and caring person with exceptional listening skills, depth of intellect and moral objectivity. Clients appreciate her ability to tap into their resources, and they frequently return at different stages of their lives. Patricia counsels people with a variety of psychological and interpersonal issues: work, life, relationship conflict or transitions, anxiety/depression, burnout, loss, separation, divorce, eating disorders, existential and spiritual crises. She is approachable and non-judgmental.
Patricia is an experienced individual and marital/family therapist. She is a sensitive and caring person with exceptional listening skills, depth of intellect and moral objectivity. Clients appreciate her ability to tap into their resources, and they frequently return at different stages of their lives. Patricia counsels people with a variety of psychological and interpersonal issues: work, life, relationship conflict or transitions, anxiety/depression, burnout, loss, separation, divorce, eating disorders, existential and spiritual crises. She is approachable and non-judgmental.
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Caroline Kramer Zilkha
Psychologist, MA, CAMFT, CPA, APA, CRHSPP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
Waitlist for new clients
Member of: Quebec Order of Psychologists, Canadian Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Assoiciation of Marriage and Family Therapy, National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
I am a Psychologist/Registered Marriage Therapist in private practice. I work with individuals and couples dealing with life's challenges, losses and inevitable transitions. I help clients get clarity of their situation, identify and modify self-defeating patterns of behaviour and begin to recognze the negative interaction cycles that keep them stuck. My goal is to build trust, emotional safety, empathy and forgiveness. For relationships too wounded to repair, I will help couples separate with dignity and respect. I use an integrative approach combining psychodynamic / EFT/family systems /CBT therapies. I offer online sessions.
Member of: Quebec Order of Psychologists, Canadian Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Assoiciation of Marriage and Family Therapy, National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
I am a Psychologist/Registered Marriage Therapist in private practice. I work with individuals and couples dealing with life's challenges, losses and inevitable transitions. I help clients get clarity of their situation, identify and modify self-defeating patterns of behaviour and begin to recognze the negative interaction cycles that keep them stuck. My goal is to build trust, emotional safety, empathy and forgiveness. For relationships too wounded to repair, I will help couples separate with dignity and respect. I use an integrative approach combining psychodynamic / EFT/family systems /CBT therapies. I offer online sessions.
(855) 499-0861 View (855) 499-0861
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Samara Perez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A
This includes working through difficult life events like infidelity, illness, loss, breakups, job changes, new roles - parenting, marriage.
Is an important relationship causing you distress? Is it your partner? Your family? Your boss? YourSELF? "Something" is not working within you. Relationships are complicated and are hard to understand. In individual or couples therapy, our work together is to get to the root of your distress, your suffering. We will work to find meaningful, concrete and insightful solutions to better understand yourself and your patterns with others. We will work to either accept, let go or make NEW changes to improve your relationships with others or within yourSELF. The idea is to DO different so life is more meaningful and satisfying.
This includes working through difficult life events like infidelity, illness, loss, breakups, job changes, new roles - parenting, marriage.
Is an important relationship causing you distress? Is it your partner? Your family? Your boss? YourSELF? "Something" is not working within you. Relationships are complicated and are hard to understand. In individual or couples therapy, our work together is to get to the root of your distress, your suffering. We will work to find meaningful, concrete and insightful solutions to better understand yourself and your patterns with others. We will work to either accept, let go or make NEW changes to improve your relationships with others or within yourSELF. The idea is to DO different so life is more meaningful and satisfying.
(450) 390-6617 View (450) 390-6617
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Simrit Jhajj - Couples Counselling And Sex Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BHSC, CTP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A
As a therapist, my goal is to take a trauma-informed approach and utilize a variety of modalities to help marriage, teens, partners, adults, and couples.
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and emotional can be incredibly challenging, especially when you’re unsure of what’s happening with your body and mind. It’s natural to feel lost and uncertain about how to navigate these intense emotions. You might also be experiencing feelings of loneliness or misunderstanding in your relationship, particularly regarding intimacy issues. These struggles can deeply affect your connection with your partner. Imagine having someone who truly listens to your concerns and understands your story. I’m here to offer you that support and provide a safe space where you can share your feelings and experiences.
As a therapist, my goal is to take a trauma-informed approach and utilize a variety of modalities to help marriage, teens, partners, adults, and couples.
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and emotional can be incredibly challenging, especially when you’re unsure of what’s happening with your body and mind. It’s natural to feel lost and uncertain about how to navigate these intense emotions. You might also be experiencing feelings of loneliness or misunderstanding in your relationship, particularly regarding intimacy issues. These struggles can deeply affect your connection with your partner. Imagine having someone who truly listens to your concerns and understands your story. I’m here to offer you that support and provide a safe space where you can share your feelings and experiences.
(289) 273-2537 View (289) 273-2537
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Anchored Therapy Centre - Individual Counselling And Couples Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, CTP, MACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3B
Anchored Therapy Centre - Individual and Couples Therapy focuses on marriage counselling, individual counselling, and couples therapy by providing supportive and non-judgmental space.
We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals, couples, families & partners facing various challenges. In relationships, we know the struggle with communication, unresolved conflicts, intimacy, and trust issues. That makes you feel disconnected and not being heard or felt. You seek to rebuild intimacy and understanding to create a healthier, more fulfilling relationship. We know you crave to feel heard and valued and aspire to cultivate a deep emotional connection. At our Centre, we will support you in identifying and addressing these challenges, fostering a more supportive and engaging partnership.
Anchored Therapy Centre - Individual and Couples Therapy focuses on marriage counselling, individual counselling, and couples therapy by providing supportive and non-judgmental space.
We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals, couples, families & partners facing various challenges. In relationships, we know the struggle with communication, unresolved conflicts, intimacy, and trust issues. That makes you feel disconnected and not being heard or felt. You seek to rebuild intimacy and understanding to create a healthier, more fulfilling relationship. We know you crave to feel heard and valued and aspire to cultivate a deep emotional connection. At our Centre, we will support you in identifying and addressing these challenges, fostering a more supportive and engaging partnership.
(289) 815-0270 View (289) 815-0270
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Joseph Bottros - Individual And Couples Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, CTP, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2L
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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Joan Keefler
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3Z  (Online Only)
I am a marital and family therapist with over 30 years experience working with individuals and couples helping them negotiate and solve problems related to marital conflict, separation, divorce, and with difficulties adjusting to mental health problems. I am a teacher and supervisor in the field, so I am familiar with a range of intervention skills to help my clients with a wide variety of difficulties. I use their strengths to foster better relationships. I lately have a special interest in Adult Attention Deficit Disorder; its assessment and understanding of the relationship issues it poses for the individual and family.
I am a marital and family therapist with over 30 years experience working with individuals and couples helping them negotiate and solve problems related to marital conflict, separation, divorce, and with difficulties adjusting to mental health problems. I am a teacher and supervisor in the field, so I am familiar with a range of intervention skills to help my clients with a wide variety of difficulties. I use their strengths to foster better relationships. I lately have a special interest in Adult Attention Deficit Disorder; its assessment and understanding of the relationship issues it poses for the individual and family.
(866) 480-4687 View (866) 480-4687
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Valerie Abitbol
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, RMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H4A  (Online Only)
Whether it's a new baby, the loss of a loved one, a betrayal, tension in relationships, or a recent relocation... sometimes we lose our footing. You may find that your usual coping tools are no longer bringing you the same relief. Unlike blogs and books that offer one-size-fits-all advice, or unlike your friends and family who mean well, but are too emotionally-invested to give you clear guidance, I offer you effective tools, unique to your needs and situation, in a non-judgmental and safe space. I’m a bilingual (English & French) somatic psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Quebec, Colorado and California.
Whether it's a new baby, the loss of a loved one, a betrayal, tension in relationships, or a recent relocation... sometimes we lose our footing. You may find that your usual coping tools are no longer bringing you the same relief. Unlike blogs and books that offer one-size-fits-all advice, or unlike your friends and family who mean well, but are too emotionally-invested to give you clear guidance, I offer you effective tools, unique to your needs and situation, in a non-judgmental and safe space. I’m a bilingual (English & French) somatic psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Quebec, Colorado and California.
(438) 701-1833 View (438) 701-1833
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Maria Gordon
Counsellor, PhD, co
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H1B
I hold many professional memberships including with the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec (OCCOQ) and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).
Are you feeling isolated, exhausted, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed and alone in today’s high-tech world? Well you’re not alone! I founded TherapYOU to support you and your specific wellness goals. I am a bilingual licensed Therapist in an active modern private practice providing counselling support to individuals from diverse cultural populations including serving indigenous communities since 2012. Together, we will seek solutions to your life stressors.
I hold many professional memberships including with the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec (OCCOQ) and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).
Are you feeling isolated, exhausted, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed and alone in today’s high-tech world? Well you’re not alone! I founded TherapYOU to support you and your specific wellness goals. I am a bilingual licensed Therapist in an active modern private practice providing counselling support to individuals from diverse cultural populations including serving indigenous communities since 2012. Together, we will seek solutions to your life stressors.
(438) 601-4662 View (438) 601-4662
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Clinique de thérapie conjugale et familiale
Registered Psychotherapist, CD, INF, TCF, MAP
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H2H  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to overcome depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble managing your stress and relationships? Sometimes it is necessary to turn to a professional to get the help you need. I am a nurse clinician, a marriage and family therapist, and a psychotherapist graduated from McGill. I am here to support you, in French or in English, in the process of understanding and respecting oneself. Since 1994, I have been accompanying people living with a mental health issue.
Do you struggle to overcome depression or anxiety? Do you have trouble managing your stress and relationships? Sometimes it is necessary to turn to a professional to get the help you need. I am a nurse clinician, a marriage and family therapist, and a psychotherapist graduated from McGill. I am here to support you, in French or in English, in the process of understanding and respecting oneself. Since 1994, I have been accompanying people living with a mental health issue.
(819) 805-5663 View (819) 805-5663
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Rebekah Hart
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, MSc(a), MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3Z  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychotherapist, couple and family therapist, ecotherapist and creative arts therapist, my clients include individuals, couples and families at all stages of life. My work is systemic in that I see individuals as impacted by, and interconnected within, larger networks of relationships and social systems. The values underlying my practice are rooted in a long-term dedication to social justice, my belief in creativity as a healing force, and my love and respect for the natural world. Seeking help takes courage, and no one approach works for everyone. I work collaboratively, and tailor my approach to each unique person.
As a psychotherapist, couple and family therapist, ecotherapist and creative arts therapist, my clients include individuals, couples and families at all stages of life. My work is systemic in that I see individuals as impacted by, and interconnected within, larger networks of relationships and social systems. The values underlying my practice are rooted in a long-term dedication to social justice, my belief in creativity as a healing force, and my love and respect for the natural world. Seeking help takes courage, and no one approach works for everyone. I work collaboratively, and tailor my approach to each unique person.
(438) 230-6189 View (438) 230-6189
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Dana Schnitzer
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3Z
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and A.D.H.D. I use a caring, non-judgmental approach to help my clients feel and understand the meaning of their emotions and behavior. I offer clients an opportunity to explore their inner world, understand their difficulties clearly, deepen self-awareness and to make sense of their experiences. I work together with my clients to remove barriers to growth and help them achieve their potential and have deeper more meaningful connections with others as well as with themselves.
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and A.D.H.D. I use a caring, non-judgmental approach to help my clients feel and understand the meaning of their emotions and behavior. I offer clients an opportunity to explore their inner world, understand their difficulties clearly, deepen self-awareness and to make sense of their experiences. I work together with my clients to remove barriers to growth and help them achieve their potential and have deeper more meaningful connections with others as well as with themselves.
(514) 700-2591 View (514) 700-2591
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Jennifer Berbrier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, ATPQ
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H4A
As a therapist in private practice for over 20 years, I offer a genuinely respectful, safe and non-judgmental space for you to gain a deeper sense of self and strengthen your relationships. Couple issues, such as poor communication, come in many shapes and sizes. As an experienced couple therapist I work hard to help you identify negative patterns that can hijack your relationship. My goal is to help you learn skills to manage, solve, and move on from the distress, ultimately regaining a loving respectful bond.
As a therapist in private practice for over 20 years, I offer a genuinely respectful, safe and non-judgmental space for you to gain a deeper sense of self and strengthen your relationships. Couple issues, such as poor communication, come in many shapes and sizes. As an experienced couple therapist I work hard to help you identify negative patterns that can hijack your relationship. My goal is to help you learn skills to manage, solve, and move on from the distress, ultimately regaining a loving respectful bond.
(514) 613-4856 View (514) 613-4856
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Irina Pavlova
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW, MScA, CFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H2V
People often seek therapy when they would like to work on issues such as stress management, personal loss or life cycle changes. In individual therapy, I support clients by providing specific strategies for changing unwanted behaviours or thoughts. A couple in distress may feel there is no way out of their troubled relationship. By observing the interactions between the partners I help couples change dysfunctional behaviours, strengthen friendship, increase intimacy, resolve problematic patterns of communication, improve emotional attachment, build resilience and enjoyment that each partner derives from the relationship.
People often seek therapy when they would like to work on issues such as stress management, personal loss or life cycle changes. In individual therapy, I support clients by providing specific strategies for changing unwanted behaviours or thoughts. A couple in distress may feel there is no way out of their troubled relationship. By observing the interactions between the partners I help couples change dysfunctional behaviours, strengthen friendship, increase intimacy, resolve problematic patterns of communication, improve emotional attachment, build resilience and enjoyment that each partner derives from the relationship.
(438) 300-9251 View (438) 300-9251
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Amanda Kane
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA, ACNN, CCPA
Verified Verified
Montréal, QC H3H
Feeling lost and alone in anxiety or depression? I'm here to guide you with understanding and support. Together, we'll navigate towards healing and hope. Specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, couples therapy, and behavior issues, among others. My therapeutic approach is versatile, drawing from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatics, narrative therapy, and person-centered methods. This allows me to tailor our sessions to your unique needs and preferences, ensuring a personalized and effective therapeutic journey.
Feeling lost and alone in anxiety or depression? I'm here to guide you with understanding and support. Together, we'll navigate towards healing and hope. Specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, couples therapy, and behavior issues, among others. My therapeutic approach is versatile, drawing from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatics, narrative therapy, and person-centered methods. This allows me to tailor our sessions to your unique needs and preferences, ensuring a personalized and effective therapeutic journey.
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Wendy J Wood
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montréal, QC H3A
Therapy can help people better understand themselves and find greater meaning in their lives. People enter therapy for a wide range of reasons, often involving difficulty solving a problem in their lives on their own. Some people, for example, are having difficulty in a romantic relationship and wonder how to improve the relationship, or end it. Other people experience conflict or anxiety in a wide range of interpersonal relationships and enter therapy as a means of improving their communication skills and the quality of their relationships. I help people in both monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
Therapy can help people better understand themselves and find greater meaning in their lives. People enter therapy for a wide range of reasons, often involving difficulty solving a problem in their lives on their own. Some people, for example, are having difficulty in a romantic relationship and wonder how to improve the relationship, or end it. Other people experience conflict or anxiety in a wide range of interpersonal relationships and enter therapy as a means of improving their communication skills and the quality of their relationships. I help people in both monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
(438) 817-3968 View (438) 817-3968

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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.