Marriage Counselling in London

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Jason Oddi
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London NW1
As an Integrative Counsellor, Psychosexual & Relationship/Marriage therapist, I weave different therapies to support clients in their uniqueness to manage and heal from struggles that affect their emotional, and mental health & happiness. Ruptures in one's mental wellness can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, and sexual functioning/ identity concerns that hinder emotional self-esteem and ongoing happiness within and in our relationship with ourselves and others.
As an Integrative Counsellor, Psychosexual & Relationship/Marriage therapist, I weave different therapies to support clients in their uniqueness to manage and heal from struggles that affect their emotional, and mental health & happiness. Ruptures in one's mental wellness can lead to stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, and sexual functioning/ identity concerns that hinder emotional self-esteem and ongoing happiness within and in our relationship with ourselves and others.
020 8103 3827 View 020 8103 3827
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Dr Christiana Eke. Phd. Counsellor And Life Coach
PhD
Verified Verified
London SE9  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Christiana. I am a counsellor, and life coach who helps individuals, couples, and families with their problems. I am a member of the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH). Do you have well-being issues, anxiety, depression, stress, or personal development challenges? Are you suffering and smiling in your relationship, or marriage that affects your health? Are you looking for a life coach to guide you in difficult tasks, or in achieving your goals to reach your full potential? Feel free to visit my website for further details, and help with effective results. I offer flexible schedules via video or email.
Hello, my name is Christiana. I am a counsellor, and life coach who helps individuals, couples, and families with their problems. I am a member of the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH). Do you have well-being issues, anxiety, depression, stress, or personal development challenges? Are you suffering and smiling in your relationship, or marriage that affects your health? Are you looking for a life coach to guide you in difficult tasks, or in achieving your goals to reach your full potential? Feel free to visit my website for further details, and help with effective results. I offer flexible schedules via video or email.
07852 238096 View 07852 238096
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Danielle Westcarr-Jourdan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London N1
I have explored a range of difficulties such as Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Racial Identity and Racial Trauma, Family Conflict, Marital breakdowns, relationship issues, and sexual abuse with a wide range of clients including those from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
I am passionate about supporting individuals with their psychological health and well-being. As a MBACP Integrative Counsellor & Therapist, I have experience of working with children, young people and adults in both educational and medical settings. I engage with individuals in a client-led way, face to face and through telephone communications, developing 1:1 relationships of trust and genuineness. Having experience of providing both short and long-term therapy, I offer a therapeutic space for self-discovery and growth, helping with the facilitation of individuals reconnecting with themselves, family members and society.
I have explored a range of difficulties such as Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Racial Identity and Racial Trauma, Family Conflict, Marital breakdowns, relationship issues, and sexual abuse with a wide range of clients including those from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
I am passionate about supporting individuals with their psychological health and well-being. As a MBACP Integrative Counsellor & Therapist, I have experience of working with children, young people and adults in both educational and medical settings. I engage with individuals in a client-led way, face to face and through telephone communications, developing 1:1 relationships of trust and genuineness. Having experience of providing both short and long-term therapy, I offer a therapeutic space for self-discovery and growth, helping with the facilitation of individuals reconnecting with themselves, family members and society.
020 4538 9452 View 020 4538 9452
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Saniye Aldemir
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
London N1  (Online Only)
I have comprehensive working experience in the following issue areas: Anxiety, Depression, Racism, Imposter Syndrome, Relationship & Marital issues, Work & Study related stress, Persistent Physical Symptoms where a clear medical cause of these has not been diagnosed, Anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Personal development.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over 22 years' practical experience. To date I have worked with a large range of different individuals, couples, families, and young persons, supporting them on the journey of finding clarity, understanding, and authentic self-power in the face of many different life issues and personal challenges. I have been an active therapist in both public sector organisations as well as in private practice in the UK, Turkey, and Austria. Having been trained and having worked in London, Vienna, and Istanbul, I speak fluent English, German, and Turkish
I have comprehensive working experience in the following issue areas: Anxiety, Depression, Racism, Imposter Syndrome, Relationship & Marital issues, Work & Study related stress, Persistent Physical Symptoms where a clear medical cause of these has not been diagnosed, Anger management, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Personal development.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with over 22 years' practical experience. To date I have worked with a large range of different individuals, couples, families, and young persons, supporting them on the journey of finding clarity, understanding, and authentic self-power in the face of many different life issues and personal challenges. I have been an active therapist in both public sector organisations as well as in private practice in the UK, Turkey, and Austria. Having been trained and having worked in London, Vienna, and Istanbul, I speak fluent English, German, and Turkish
020 3835 5377 View 020 3835 5377
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Tara Gallagher. Talking Therapy. Emdr. Couples Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London SW7
Since 2009, I've been committed to supporting clients in their healing journey by offering talking therapy and conducting over 4000 successful EMDR sessions. Specialised training with Esther Perel enriches my marriage counselling approach, exploring issues like freedom versus security, struggles with intimacy and connection, emotional shutdowns, conflicts over finances and recurring arguments. In therapy, we start by understanding your story's narrative. We unravel underlying beliefs like "I'm not good enough," "It's my fault," and "I'm unsafe." Together, we collaborate to establish secure attachment and facilitate repair.
Since 2009, I've been committed to supporting clients in their healing journey by offering talking therapy and conducting over 4000 successful EMDR sessions. Specialised training with Esther Perel enriches my marriage counselling approach, exploring issues like freedom versus security, struggles with intimacy and connection, emotional shutdowns, conflicts over finances and recurring arguments. In therapy, we start by understanding your story's narrative. We unravel underlying beliefs like "I'm not good enough," "It's my fault," and "I'm unsafe." Together, we collaborate to establish secure attachment and facilitate repair.
020 4538 7154 View 020 4538 7154
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Randi Levinson
MA
Verified Verified
London SW3  (Online Only)
Long Term Relationships, Marriage, and Intimacy are my areas of passion. I have been in private practice for nearly 16 years. Those of us who are in relationships understand the complexities and hardships that come along with trying to maintain love, closeness and intimacy.
Long Term Relationships, Marriage, and Intimacy are my areas of passion. I have been in private practice for nearly 16 years. Those of us who are in relationships understand the complexities and hardships that come along with trying to maintain love, closeness and intimacy.
020 3476 9614 View 020 3476 9614
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MD of Harley St Psychotherapy Ltd
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE3
I can help identify and resolve marital issues in a non-judgemental space to work on communication and difficulties.
I work with anxiety, depression, stress, panic and anything which is making you feel unhappy, to identify the root of the problem and resolve it to help you to become a more contented version of you. If you are nervous, feel free to give me a call and I can put you at ease. If you are a couple, we can set up an initial session and discuss your relationship issues and goals. We can work online, face to face, or we can walk and talk. I have been specialising in relationships and couples for over half of my career, and I offer couples sessions in London & online. NEW! Saturday am sessions in Greenwich open now.
I can help identify and resolve marital issues in a non-judgemental space to work on communication and difficulties.
I work with anxiety, depression, stress, panic and anything which is making you feel unhappy, to identify the root of the problem and resolve it to help you to become a more contented version of you. If you are nervous, feel free to give me a call and I can put you at ease. If you are a couple, we can set up an initial session and discuss your relationship issues and goals. We can work online, face to face, or we can walk and talk. I have been specialising in relationships and couples for over half of my career, and I offer couples sessions in London & online. NEW! Saturday am sessions in Greenwich open now.
020 3962 0862 View 020 3962 0862
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Imma Sorrentino Ricciardi
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W5
Maybe you are struggling with an addiction and feeling trapped, and would like to find a way out. Or maybe you are in a relationship that isn’t good for you. You would like to be more assertive. You might be feeling depressed or anxious and would like to experience more joy in life. Perhaps, you are at a difficult place with your marriage, fighting all the time and would like to feel connected again. Maybe you have everything in life nevertheless you aren't happy. Or you might feel affected by the pandemic, and you realised there is something that needs to be addressed. I would love to help you!
Maybe you are struggling with an addiction and feeling trapped, and would like to find a way out. Or maybe you are in a relationship that isn’t good for you. You would like to be more assertive. You might be feeling depressed or anxious and would like to experience more joy in life. Perhaps, you are at a difficult place with your marriage, fighting all the time and would like to feel connected again. Maybe you have everything in life nevertheless you aren't happy. Or you might feel affected by the pandemic, and you realised there is something that needs to be addressed. I would love to help you!
07403 936980 View 07403 936980
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Sandra Harewood
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
London SW7
Feeling unhappy, lost, and lonely in your marriage? It can be challenging to maintain your energy and self-confidence while navigating these emotions, leading to a sense of disconnection. If thoughts of divorce keep you awake at 3:17 am and your relationship consumes your thoughts, seeking support can help you reconnect. Through personal growth and self-awareness, both you and your partner can gain a deeper understanding of each other, fostering a stronger connection and mutual understanding.
Feeling unhappy, lost, and lonely in your marriage? It can be challenging to maintain your energy and self-confidence while navigating these emotions, leading to a sense of disconnection. If thoughts of divorce keep you awake at 3:17 am and your relationship consumes your thoughts, seeking support can help you reconnect. Through personal growth and self-awareness, both you and your partner can gain a deeper understanding of each other, fostering a stronger connection and mutual understanding.
020 3962 1880 View 020 3962 1880
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Zara N
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
London E10
I am a BACP qualified therapist who has worked extensively with a diverse range of clients and with highly regarded organisations for over a 13 years. I can help with an extensive range of issues including stress, loss, bereavement, anxiety, relationships, self harm, depression, marital issues, divorce, redundancy, mental health disorders, work related issues, abuse, identity, parenthood, menopause and life challenges. I provide an empathic, non judgemental and safe space for clients. I have an impressive professional and educational background. I provide online, telephone and mobile therapy as well as a face to face service.
I am a BACP qualified therapist who has worked extensively with a diverse range of clients and with highly regarded organisations for over a 13 years. I can help with an extensive range of issues including stress, loss, bereavement, anxiety, relationships, self harm, depression, marital issues, divorce, redundancy, mental health disorders, work related issues, abuse, identity, parenthood, menopause and life challenges. I provide an empathic, non judgemental and safe space for clients. I have an impressive professional and educational background. I provide online, telephone and mobile therapy as well as a face to face service.
07400 346099 View 07400 346099
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Couple's Counsellor @The Practice, Angel Islington
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
London N1
Pre-marital work: I work with a number of clients who are about to get married or move in (other big changes) to work through any issues before this change take place.
Welcome to my page. If you have been stuck indoors with your partner and are now realising you have problems, please call me before calling it quits! I'm a couple’s psychotherapist whom having worked with Relate for a number of years now focuses solely on relationships. Whether your partner has had an affair, or you've realised that you no longer have a connection /intimacy, therapy can help. Maybe you're single and have been struggling to meet someone whom you can share your life with. Sometimes it's our families or friends we are struggling with. I am based near Angel Station and uses Online methods and I'm here to help.
Pre-marital work: I work with a number of clients who are about to get married or move in (other big changes) to work through any issues before this change take place.
Welcome to my page. If you have been stuck indoors with your partner and are now realising you have problems, please call me before calling it quits! I'm a couple’s psychotherapist whom having worked with Relate for a number of years now focuses solely on relationships. Whether your partner has had an affair, or you've realised that you no longer have a connection /intimacy, therapy can help. Maybe you're single and have been struggling to meet someone whom you can share your life with. Sometimes it's our families or friends we are struggling with. I am based near Angel Station and uses Online methods and I'm here to help.
020 3962 0928 View 020 3962 0928
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Regina Arnold
Counsellor, MA, COSRT General
Verified Verified
London SE13  (Online Only)
I can help with: Sexual pain, Desire changes, Orgasm difficulties, Erectile issues, Rapid or delayed ejaculation, Sexual compulsion, STIs, Affairs & Infidelity, Life Transitions (eg new baby), Premarital & Marital issues, LGBTQIA+ Identity, Sexual self-esteem, Sexual trauma, Conflict, Family Planning, Communication Difficulties, Opening Up, Chemsex.
Firstly, thank you for being here. Deciding to work with a therapist is a big step - I've been there! How we might work together will range from creative exercises to a more pragmatic approach depending on your specific challenges and preferences. Please note that I will start taking on new clients from mid January 2024. Together, we'll work together towards the best possible outcome for you. Sessions are a time for you to tap into your needs in a space free of judgement - a space for you to just be. All of my training as an integrative therapist and relationship coach are available to you in our sessions.
I can help with: Sexual pain, Desire changes, Orgasm difficulties, Erectile issues, Rapid or delayed ejaculation, Sexual compulsion, STIs, Affairs & Infidelity, Life Transitions (eg new baby), Premarital & Marital issues, LGBTQIA+ Identity, Sexual self-esteem, Sexual trauma, Conflict, Family Planning, Communication Difficulties, Opening Up, Chemsex.
Firstly, thank you for being here. Deciding to work with a therapist is a big step - I've been there! How we might work together will range from creative exercises to a more pragmatic approach depending on your specific challenges and preferences. Please note that I will start taking on new clients from mid January 2024. Together, we'll work together towards the best possible outcome for you. Sessions are a time for you to tap into your needs in a space free of judgement - a space for you to just be. All of my training as an integrative therapist and relationship coach are available to you in our sessions.
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Sophie Elizabeth Haggard
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SW6
These are tough times for coupledom. The modern companionate model of marriage is based on the idea that each partner look to the other to supply all their needs, and this new type of partnership has to last longer than ever before. Not surprisingly, perhaps, many long-term relationships flounder under the weight of such high expectations and when this happens couples feel bitter and blame each-other.
These are tough times for coupledom. The modern companionate model of marriage is based on the idea that each partner look to the other to supply all their needs, and this new type of partnership has to last longer than ever before. Not surprisingly, perhaps, many long-term relationships flounder under the weight of such high expectations and when this happens couples feel bitter and blame each-other.
020 3917 1490 View 020 3917 1490
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Matt Davies
Psychotherapist, MSc, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
London W1G
I never thought I would need therapy. My relationship with my wife was great. I was the managing director of a successful company. Then life got tough and we found ourselves in crisis. Going to couple therapy together saved our marriage! We’ve been back to therapy many times to keep our relationship on course. What I learned from our couple therapy and my years of one-to-one psychotherapy transformed my marriage and my life. The results of the therapy impressed me so much I decided to change career. I wanted to offer the valuable insights and knowledge I had learned to other individuals and couples in distress.
I never thought I would need therapy. My relationship with my wife was great. I was the managing director of a successful company. Then life got tough and we found ourselves in crisis. Going to couple therapy together saved our marriage! We’ve been back to therapy many times to keep our relationship on course. What I learned from our couple therapy and my years of one-to-one psychotherapy transformed my marriage and my life. The results of the therapy impressed me so much I decided to change career. I wanted to offer the valuable insights and knowledge I had learned to other individuals and couples in distress.
020 8106 2463 View 020 8106 2463
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Dr Tej .
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
London WC1B
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
020 3870 3028 View 020 3870 3028
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Maria Hampton Relationship Counsellor Mbacp
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
London SE22
Looking for a relationship counsellor in the UK? ONLINE availability only. Counselling for Individual and couples. Specialising in marriage /relationship counsellingindividuals and couples. I have a wealth of experience as an accredited Relate counsellor. Communication difficulties- Issues with trust-Infidelity - Narcissism -controlling behaviour - Breakup and Divorce -Loss, grief and moving on -Anxiety due to relationship difficulties -Depression due to relationship problems -Separation -Starting over -Isolation -Previous relationships -Arguments/disagreements -Distant relationships - MOT - Premarital counselling.
Looking for a relationship counsellor in the UK? ONLINE availability only. Counselling for Individual and couples. Specialising in marriage /relationship counsellingindividuals and couples. I have a wealth of experience as an accredited Relate counsellor. Communication difficulties- Issues with trust-Infidelity - Narcissism -controlling behaviour - Breakup and Divorce -Loss, grief and moving on -Anxiety due to relationship difficulties -Depression due to relationship problems -Separation -Starting over -Isolation -Previous relationships -Arguments/disagreements -Distant relationships - MOT - Premarital counselling.
020 3962 1227 View 020 3962 1227
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Lina Helena Milner
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1W
Relational problems that we can work on are: conflict and re-current arguments, loss of trust, affairs, dealing with the end of the relationship, adapting to change (immigration, buying property, having children); sexual difficulties: loss of desire, sexual pain, problems with erection/ejaculation, difficulty in reaching orgasm, unconsummated marriage.
My specialism is relationship and sex therapy for couples and individuals. Every relationship has a challenge, but if you feel that the problem has persisted for too long and caused a lot of distress for you, do contact me and we can have a conversation about the type of counselling that will suit your needs. I also work with individuals who and trying get over break up or have difficulties in forming or ending relationships. I offer an empathetic, safe, and professional environment within which we can work together to facilitate the potential for change in the relationship and work towards sexual health, happiness and well-being.
Relational problems that we can work on are: conflict and re-current arguments, loss of trust, affairs, dealing with the end of the relationship, adapting to change (immigration, buying property, having children); sexual difficulties: loss of desire, sexual pain, problems with erection/ejaculation, difficulty in reaching orgasm, unconsummated marriage.
My specialism is relationship and sex therapy for couples and individuals. Every relationship has a challenge, but if you feel that the problem has persisted for too long and caused a lot of distress for you, do contact me and we can have a conversation about the type of counselling that will suit your needs. I also work with individuals who and trying get over break up or have difficulties in forming or ending relationships. I offer an empathetic, safe, and professional environment within which we can work together to facilitate the potential for change in the relationship and work towards sexual health, happiness and well-being.
07723 456237 View 07723 456237
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Ruthie Portnoy
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
London NW4  (Online Only)
I work with couples enabling and empowering them to experience renewed passion and connectivity. I also work with individuals using EFT empowering them to heal themselves. Couples may be searching for love and passion perhaps after empty nest, affairs emotional or physical. At the other end of the scale I help younger couples who are unsure whether to commit to a particular relationship and want guidance, and coaching. I offer tools and insights how to make marriage work better than the models they may have had. Age range of clients is from 18-80 to date.I am passionate about helping people live a rich and meaningful life.
I work with couples enabling and empowering them to experience renewed passion and connectivity. I also work with individuals using EFT empowering them to heal themselves. Couples may be searching for love and passion perhaps after empty nest, affairs emotional or physical. At the other end of the scale I help younger couples who are unsure whether to commit to a particular relationship and want guidance, and coaching. I offer tools and insights how to make marriage work better than the models they may have had. Age range of clients is from 18-80 to date.I am passionate about helping people live a rich and meaningful life.
0161 509 6460 View 0161 509 6460
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Valerie Gage
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London E8
It can be hard to acknowledge that you are not feeling okay, and even harder pretending that you are. If you’re struggling to cope with something, or you feel lost, or stuck, if you’re unhappy in your relationship/marriage, or you feel numb or detached after experiencing something traumatic; I may be able to help. If you can find a quiet and private space, we can meet once a week in a secure virtual space where you are free to reflect and gently explore whatever you are experiencing. We can work together for an agreed period of time or we could leave it open-ended to explore at greater depth. You can decide what feels right for you!
It can be hard to acknowledge that you are not feeling okay, and even harder pretending that you are. If you’re struggling to cope with something, or you feel lost, or stuck, if you’re unhappy in your relationship/marriage, or you feel numb or detached after experiencing something traumatic; I may be able to help. If you can find a quiet and private space, we can meet once a week in a secure virtual space where you are free to reflect and gently explore whatever you are experiencing. We can work together for an agreed period of time or we could leave it open-ended to explore at greater depth. You can decide what feels right for you!
020 3962 1715 View 020 3962 1715
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Lila Ramsahai
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
London W1G
I am a well-trained and experienced psychotherapist/life coach and can assist you with various issues regarding, relationships, career, dating, arranged marriage, wedding stress, purpose, career, family issues, parenting and more. I work with individuals, couples and families and my background is diverse, multicultural and international. If you want to improve your life and be more in charge of your overall wellbeing and happiness, reach out today. Apart from finding clarity, relief and understanding, we will also establish healthy coping mechanisms and techniques that will help you progress in life.
I am a well-trained and experienced psychotherapist/life coach and can assist you with various issues regarding, relationships, career, dating, arranged marriage, wedding stress, purpose, career, family issues, parenting and more. I work with individuals, couples and families and my background is diverse, multicultural and international. If you want to improve your life and be more in charge of your overall wellbeing and happiness, reach out today. Apart from finding clarity, relief and understanding, we will also establish healthy coping mechanisms and techniques that will help you progress in life.
020 4538 1624 View 020 4538 1624

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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.