Couples Counseling Therapists in Camarillo, CA

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Anne Stirling Hastings - Alpha Theta
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
SEXUAL healing: I can listen to any story - those uncomfortable experiences that are hard to talk about, confusion over using sexuality well. The sexual shame. I have heard it before. Come tell me what you haven't been able to say. It's confidential. I help with abuse history, sexual addiction, and issues of couples. I have written books on how to heal sexuality individually or as a couple. Also smart and GIFTED people, understanding how it makes you feel separate, sometimes isolated. This could be because you really are different. I offer group therapy for those going through or have gone through ALPHA Theta and Neurofeedback.
SEXUAL healing: I can listen to any story - those uncomfortable experiences that are hard to talk about, confusion over using sexuality well. The sexual shame. I have heard it before. Come tell me what you haven't been able to say. It's confidential. I help with abuse history, sexual addiction, and issues of couples. I have written books on how to heal sexuality individually or as a couple. Also smart and GIFTED people, understanding how it makes you feel separate, sometimes isolated. This could be because you really are different. I offer group therapy for those going through or have gone through ALPHA Theta and Neurofeedback.
(805) 246-7770 View (805) 246-7770
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Mehrzad Bazyar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
Mehrzad Bazyar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-108725) who is experienced in helping people dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and interpersonal/relationship/communication issues. He provides psychotherapy and family counseling in a safe, empathic, non-judgmental, and non-pathological environment. Mehrzad's approach is an integration of "CBT", "Adlerian", "Family System", "Client Centered", "Solution Focused" and "Reality Therapy". He offers a highly personalized approach tailored individually to each client to provide a respectful, nurturing and safe environment to reach the therapeutic goals.
Mehrzad Bazyar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-108725) who is experienced in helping people dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and interpersonal/relationship/communication issues. He provides psychotherapy and family counseling in a safe, empathic, non-judgmental, and non-pathological environment. Mehrzad's approach is an integration of "CBT", "Adlerian", "Family System", "Client Centered", "Solution Focused" and "Reality Therapy". He offers a highly personalized approach tailored individually to each client to provide a respectful, nurturing and safe environment to reach the therapeutic goals.
(805) 876-9182 View (805) 876-9182
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Dr. Barbara Morris Jensen
Psychologist, PsyD, CHYP, CAMF
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
Understanding the necessity of reprogramming subconscious beliefs that created patterns and habits, has led me to successfully help individuals and couples transform their lives - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Today you are one step closer to a new you, feeling empowered and on a positive path of growth and well-being. As a Solution-focused Therapist and Transformational Coach, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. Do you feel overwhelmed, down, unsettled, uncertain, unfulfilled? You feel stuck for a reason. Your inner critic, fear, depression or anxiety is running your life because you haven't discovered the true cause, root, and reason. Your limiting beliefs are holding you back and keeping you stuck and yet all you want is a life worth celebrating. Something is missing. I get it.
Understanding the necessity of reprogramming subconscious beliefs that created patterns and habits, has led me to successfully help individuals and couples transform their lives - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Today you are one step closer to a new you, feeling empowered and on a positive path of growth and well-being. As a Solution-focused Therapist and Transformational Coach, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. Do you feel overwhelmed, down, unsettled, uncertain, unfulfilled? You feel stuck for a reason. Your inner critic, fear, depression or anxiety is running your life because you haven't discovered the true cause, root, and reason. Your limiting beliefs are holding you back and keeping you stuck and yet all you want is a life worth celebrating. Something is missing. I get it.
(805) 214-6648 View (805) 214-6648
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Raquel Acosta
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93012
Throughout my years in practice, I have provided individual therapy to a diverse adult clientele diagnosed with or experiencing, Social Phobia, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Stress, Abuse, Low Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Workplace Challenges, and Court Mandated Cases, and other issues.
My name is Raquel Acosta, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I use a therapeutic approach that is warm, supportive, engaging, and collaborative. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental space where you can work through any life challenges you are experiencing.
Throughout my years in practice, I have provided individual therapy to a diverse adult clientele diagnosed with or experiencing, Social Phobia, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Stress, Abuse, Low Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Workplace Challenges, and Court Mandated Cases, and other issues.
My name is Raquel Acosta, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I use a therapeutic approach that is warm, supportive, engaging, and collaborative. My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental space where you can work through any life challenges you are experiencing.
(805) 790-7603 View (805) 790-7603
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Eleanor Kim
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
When we work together, it works! Over time, my clients and I develop a very caring therapeutic relationship with an impact that goes beyond any technique or credential.
Sometimes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, & reactivity knock at your door because there is no other way to tell you that getting help is necessary. You may experience feeling stuck in ways that don't match your own vision for your life. And, you may feel time going by with no significant healing or growth. Creating what you want can be hard to do alone. The best therapists know this to be true in their own lives. For 20+ years, I've helped clients move from states of overwhelm to grounding & ultimately self-actualization. My clients value my practical, active, attuned, warm and present style.
When we work together, it works! Over time, my clients and I develop a very caring therapeutic relationship with an impact that goes beyond any technique or credential.
Sometimes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, & reactivity knock at your door because there is no other way to tell you that getting help is necessary. You may experience feeling stuck in ways that don't match your own vision for your life. And, you may feel time going by with no significant healing or growth. Creating what you want can be hard to do alone. The best therapists know this to be true in their own lives. For 20+ years, I've helped clients move from states of overwhelm to grounding & ultimately self-actualization. My clients value my practical, active, attuned, warm and present style.
(805) 386-9582 View (805) 386-9582
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Lacey Jimenez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
I believe in working collaboratively with clients and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment that encourages growth and change. My background in dual diagnosis treatment facilities, Department of Mental Health facilities, and a school district provides a foundation for me to assist clients who are struggling with various obstacles, including but not limited to: dual diagnosis disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, stress management, relational challenges, behavioral issues, and more.
I believe in working collaboratively with clients and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment that encourages growth and change. My background in dual diagnosis treatment facilities, Department of Mental Health facilities, and a school district provides a foundation for me to assist clients who are struggling with various obstacles, including but not limited to: dual diagnosis disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, stress management, relational challenges, behavioral issues, and more.
(805) 334-8823 View (805) 334-8823
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Rachel Beth McMurray
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
Treatment often includes family and couples therapy, weekly communication with outside providers, and locating care at intensive treatment centers.
Welcome, and here’s a bit about my practice! I am client-centered in training so therapy is about you and your goals, not mine. I strive to be honest, to “hold up a mirror" to help people get more clear on who they are and what they truly value. I have found that most benefit specifically from this pairing of therapeutic challenge and caring support. My passion is working with people who process differently, might identify as neurodivergent. This includes medical terms like ADHD, ASD, personality disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, self-injury, bipolar disorders, etc. The goal is self-acceptance and empowerment!
Treatment often includes family and couples therapy, weekly communication with outside providers, and locating care at intensive treatment centers.
Welcome, and here’s a bit about my practice! I am client-centered in training so therapy is about you and your goals, not mine. I strive to be honest, to “hold up a mirror" to help people get more clear on who they are and what they truly value. I have found that most benefit specifically from this pairing of therapeutic challenge and caring support. My passion is working with people who process differently, might identify as neurodivergent. This includes medical terms like ADHD, ASD, personality disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, self-injury, bipolar disorders, etc. The goal is self-acceptance and empowerment!
(818) 794-7020 View (818) 794-7020
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Dr. Jonathan Bilal Abdullah
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, EdD, AMFT
Verified
15 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
My approach is multicultural mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic experiences, and Gottman’s couples counseling.
Anxiety from the day-to-day life stressors of balancing work, school, family, and social responsibilities can be overwhelming. Suffering from reoccurring thoughts of traumatic events & experiences causes unwanted shame, guilt, and suffering. Struggling to maintain or enhance your relationship with a life partner to enjoy a sustainable trustworthy commitment can feel like a burden. You can recover from the stress of anxiety, and heal from your trauma or build a sound relationship house by developing healthy mindfulness-based solutions to your problems.
My approach is multicultural mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic experiences, and Gottman’s couples counseling.
Anxiety from the day-to-day life stressors of balancing work, school, family, and social responsibilities can be overwhelming. Suffering from reoccurring thoughts of traumatic events & experiences causes unwanted shame, guilt, and suffering. Struggling to maintain or enhance your relationship with a life partner to enjoy a sustainable trustworthy commitment can feel like a burden. You can recover from the stress of anxiety, and heal from your trauma or build a sound relationship house by developing healthy mindfulness-based solutions to your problems.
(805) 219-7098 View (805) 219-7098
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Camille Black
Marriage & Family Therapist, DBA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am dedicated to empowering you by first and foremost showing you unconditional support. Once this relationship of trust is formed, we can work toward healing old wounds and discovering your inherent self-worth. I enjoy working with adults throughout the life cycle and I have a passion for working with couples. My goal is to help you identify and remove obstacles so you can successfully move through life’s many transitions. Therapy can be difficult at times as we will explore the issues that are preventing you from living life to its full potential.
Welcome! I am dedicated to empowering you by first and foremost showing you unconditional support. Once this relationship of trust is formed, we can work toward healing old wounds and discovering your inherent self-worth. I enjoy working with adults throughout the life cycle and I have a passion for working with couples. My goal is to help you identify and remove obstacles so you can successfully move through life’s many transitions. Therapy can be difficult at times as we will explore the issues that are preventing you from living life to its full potential.
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Heidi Mezzatesta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PhD
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
The goal being a deeper understanding and relationship to self.
Play, with neither a plan or purpose, is the best precondition -- Marie-Louise von Franz. Everyone has a story and sometimes we become stuck in our story because we want to move in a direction that may be different than what is expected. Being stuck may manifest with symptoms of anxiety, depression or other disorders. My approach is to encounter these symptoms with curiosity rather than judgment. The role of therapy is to provide understanding and an empathetic ear with a belief that the activity of therapy will provide insight and healing.
The goal being a deeper understanding and relationship to self.
Play, with neither a plan or purpose, is the best precondition -- Marie-Louise von Franz. Everyone has a story and sometimes we become stuck in our story because we want to move in a direction that may be different than what is expected. Being stuck may manifest with symptoms of anxiety, depression or other disorders. My approach is to encounter these symptoms with curiosity rather than judgment. The role of therapy is to provide understanding and an empathetic ear with a belief that the activity of therapy will provide insight and healing.
(818) 741-3850 View (818) 741-3850
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Grant LaVigna
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
I work with teens, adults, and couples.
Welcome to my practice. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore and identify the underlying beliefs driving your behaviors, shaping your habits, and impacting your relationships. We will work on a little going back, a lot on the present with a focus on the future. I ask questions and give feedback. I am not a head nodding type of therapist with long annoying blocks of silence. I put things out there for you to consider. If it resonates with you, we go with it. If it doesn't, we don't.
I work with teens, adults, and couples.
Welcome to my practice. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore and identify the underlying beliefs driving your behaviors, shaping your habits, and impacting your relationships. We will work on a little going back, a lot on the present with a focus on the future. I ask questions and give feedback. I am not a head nodding type of therapist with long annoying blocks of silence. I put things out there for you to consider. If it resonates with you, we go with it. If it doesn't, we don't.
(805) 491-4554 View (805) 491-4554
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Jennifer Stocker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
Whether working with teens, individuals, or couples, my goal is to create an environment where clients feel genuinely seen and heard, knowing they have an unbiased safe space to share their experiences.
I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive experience working with individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I firmly believe humans possess an inherent resilience and strength to overcome life’s many challenges. Recognizing that therapy isn't one-size-fits-all, I tailor my approach, employing a blend of methods customized to your unique needs. My treatment modalities include, but are not limited to, psychodynamic therapy, structural family therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Whether working with teens, individuals, or couples, my goal is to create an environment where clients feel genuinely seen and heard, knowing they have an unbiased safe space to share their experiences.
I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive experience working with individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I firmly believe humans possess an inherent resilience and strength to overcome life’s many challenges. Recognizing that therapy isn't one-size-fits-all, I tailor my approach, employing a blend of methods customized to your unique needs. My treatment modalities include, but are not limited to, psychodynamic therapy, structural family therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
(805) 600-2524 View (805) 600-2524
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Lindsey Araiza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93012
I passionately believe in the human capacity for growth through empathy, insight, and connection. I use a gentle but direct approach to help my clients to navigate the road to change. I will help you to examine how your life experiences, interpersonal relationships and environment connect to your thoughts, feelings and actions. I have extensive experience in mental health and substance abuse recovery, and have worked with adults and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. In my practice I see individuals and couples, and have a strong background in family therapy.
I passionately believe in the human capacity for growth through empathy, insight, and connection. I use a gentle but direct approach to help my clients to navigate the road to change. I will help you to examine how your life experiences, interpersonal relationships and environment connect to your thoughts, feelings and actions. I have extensive experience in mental health and substance abuse recovery, and have worked with adults and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. In my practice I see individuals and couples, and have a strong background in family therapy.
(424) 329-6907 View (424) 329-6907
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Alexis Forrey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
13 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
Society and social media tell us that we should look, feel, and act a certain way to “fit in.” More likely than not, you don’t fit the typical mold and as a result you feel like an outsider; other, different, less than. If you feel anxious, depressed, lonely, have a difficult relationship with food and/or struggle with body image, you’re not alone. I am here to offer you support, acceptance, non-judgment, balance, and effective tools to help you live life with more fulfillment and less conflict. I see adolescents and adults living with various mental health challenges and life transitions.
Society and social media tell us that we should look, feel, and act a certain way to “fit in.” More likely than not, you don’t fit the typical mold and as a result you feel like an outsider; other, different, less than. If you feel anxious, depressed, lonely, have a difficult relationship with food and/or struggle with body image, you’re not alone. I am here to offer you support, acceptance, non-judgment, balance, and effective tools to help you live life with more fulfillment and less conflict. I see adolescents and adults living with various mental health challenges and life transitions.
(818) 319-4855 View (818) 319-4855
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Nancy J Bates
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, SEP
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
As your therapist, I will provide empathy,awareness and education. I am a therapist who listens compassionately to identify keys factors that are important in understanding your life journey. I will help you develop skills and resources that will increase the quality of your life. I will assist you in exploring relationship issues in a safe, supportive atmosphere. You can heal from traumatic life events,learn to cope with anxiety or depression or process your grief and loss issues. You can learn communication skills develop your personal self-worth or learn to face life transitions with more confidence.
As your therapist, I will provide empathy,awareness and education. I am a therapist who listens compassionately to identify keys factors that are important in understanding your life journey. I will help you develop skills and resources that will increase the quality of your life. I will assist you in exploring relationship issues in a safe, supportive atmosphere. You can heal from traumatic life events,learn to cope with anxiety or depression or process your grief and loss issues. You can learn communication skills develop your personal self-worth or learn to face life transitions with more confidence.
(805) 367-5418 View (805) 367-5418
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Audrey G Slaugh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
Understanding that seeking therapy is sometimes very difficult, I aim to support you in finding this experience to be rewarding as you embrace your own self-knowledge and personal growth. I strive to create a safe place as we move together through an inner process of acceptance, compassion, healing and personal authenticity. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families healing life challenges such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, co-occurring disorders, relationship issues and various life transitions.
Understanding that seeking therapy is sometimes very difficult, I aim to support you in finding this experience to be rewarding as you embrace your own self-knowledge and personal growth. I strive to create a safe place as we move together through an inner process of acceptance, compassion, healing and personal authenticity. I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families healing life challenges such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, co-occurring disorders, relationship issues and various life transitions.
(805) 702-7063 View (805) 702-7063
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RLT Counseling
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
I offer shorter-term therapy for anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.
Life can become overwhelming and you may feel like you are in a rut and it’s getting larger and turning into a deep hole. You may feel like you are stuck and unable to change no matter how hard you try. You may have unresolved issues from the past that are causing you to feel depressed. Or, your mind might be in overdrive, you can’t turn it off and you are feeling nervous about today and anxious about the future.
I offer shorter-term therapy for anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.
Life can become overwhelming and you may feel like you are in a rut and it’s getting larger and turning into a deep hole. You may feel like you are stuck and unable to change no matter how hard you try. You may have unresolved issues from the past that are causing you to feel depressed. Or, your mind might be in overdrive, you can’t turn it off and you are feeling nervous about today and anxious about the future.
(805) 243-0721 View (805) 243-0721
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Michelle Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with individuals, pre-adolescents, teens, couples and families. Above all, I am a multi-cultural, all inclusive therapist, I enjoy working with all people. For 7 years, I worked exclusively with grief and loss issues including supporting caregivers and those dealing with end of life issues as well as those who have life limiting and chronic health problems. In addition, I have the honor and privilege of working with our military members and their families. My office is a safe and comfortable space where I incorporate treatment modalities that are best suited to each persons needs.
I enjoy working with individuals, pre-adolescents, teens, couples and families. Above all, I am a multi-cultural, all inclusive therapist, I enjoy working with all people. For 7 years, I worked exclusively with grief and loss issues including supporting caregivers and those dealing with end of life issues as well as those who have life limiting and chronic health problems. In addition, I have the honor and privilege of working with our military members and their families. My office is a safe and comfortable space where I incorporate treatment modalities that are best suited to each persons needs.
(805) 549-5039 View (805) 549-5039
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Ted Wrablik
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CATC
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
My therapeutic approach focuses on assisting you to explore, understand, and develop effective strategies to change life situations that cause stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I assist clients to be heard in safe, emotionally secure setting with a personal theapeutic connection. Improving your quality of Life is the goal. Your therapy sessions are directed by your needs and goals. I have a dedicated following of clients and am referred many by word of mouth. Please call or E-mail me today, Try a free 15 minute consultation.
My therapeutic approach focuses on assisting you to explore, understand, and develop effective strategies to change life situations that cause stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. I assist clients to be heard in safe, emotionally secure setting with a personal theapeutic connection. Improving your quality of Life is the goal. Your therapy sessions are directed by your needs and goals. I have a dedicated following of clients and am referred many by word of mouth. Please call or E-mail me today, Try a free 15 minute consultation.
(805) 283-6858 View (805) 283-6858
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Sommer Harriman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
I bring my authentic self to the therapeutic relationship and believe using humor helps the process seem less daunting.
Hi, my name is Sommer Harriman LCSW 108254. I have learned that navigating through this life can feel challenging and overwhelming. My goal is to offer a space that is nonjudgemental and client-centered. I believe in giving individuals the tools to not only survive but thrive in their life and find a path toward their authentic selves. My passion lies in giving individuals the time to sit in their space and allow them to explore the dark parts that can sometimes feel too big to look at.
I bring my authentic self to the therapeutic relationship and believe using humor helps the process seem less daunting.
Hi, my name is Sommer Harriman LCSW 108254. I have learned that navigating through this life can feel challenging and overwhelming. My goal is to offer a space that is nonjudgemental and client-centered. I believe in giving individuals the tools to not only survive but thrive in their life and find a path toward their authentic selves. My passion lies in giving individuals the time to sit in their space and allow them to explore the dark parts that can sometimes feel too big to look at.
(805) 624-3695 View (805) 624-3695

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Couples Counseling Therapists

Does couples counseling work?

Research shows that couples counseling is effective; it can reduce relationship distress and improve emotional awareness, communication, empathy, intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. For example, emotionally focused therapy was found to be effective for about 75 percent of couples, and those benefits lasted at least two years.

When should a couple seek counseling?

Couples can benefit from counseling if they consistently struggle in their relationship. They may have lost the ability to communicate effectively, become entrenched in harmful patterns, begun to fight more than usual, broken the other’s trust, suffered from a mental or physical illness, or faced any number of other challenges. Many therapists offer free consultations, so if a couple isn’t sure whether therapy is necessary, asking directly can provide clarity.

How can I get my partner to go to couples therapy?

The decision to seek couples therapy is often driven by one partner, who then convinces the other to participate. When discussing the idea, the initiator should be direct and assertive. They can state the problems they see and explain how the relationship would benefit from therapy. In more serious cases, they can also explain how their relationship may suffer without making any changes or seeking professional help.

How does a couple prepare for couples counseling?

The anticipation of beginning couples counseling can be difficult—sometimes more difficult than the first session itself. Taking a few moments to reflect can allay those concerns: What are the current challenges? When and how did they begin? What do they want the relationship to look like in the future? Reflecting on these questions can help individuals or couples articulate their goals. Of course, the therapist will also ask questions and guide couples through the process.