Couples Counseling Therapists in Atlanta, GA

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Deva Joy Gouss
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30306
I see therapy as a powerful commitment to one's own healing and personal evolution, in the context of a genuine relationship based on equality and respect. I work best with people who are ready and willing to dive in and learn new ways to be with themselves, no matter what circumstances they are dealing with (relationship problems, grief and loss, sexuality and identity issues, negative thinking, depression, anxiety, family responsibilities, health issues, midlife transitions, etc). Though deep listening is foundational, I take an active role in offering feedback and teaching you tools for shifting your inner and outer realties.
I see therapy as a powerful commitment to one's own healing and personal evolution, in the context of a genuine relationship based on equality and respect. I work best with people who are ready and willing to dive in and learn new ways to be with themselves, no matter what circumstances they are dealing with (relationship problems, grief and loss, sexuality and identity issues, negative thinking, depression, anxiety, family responsibilities, health issues, midlife transitions, etc). Though deep listening is foundational, I take an active role in offering feedback and teaching you tools for shifting your inner and outer realties.
(404) 566-7019 View (404) 566-7019
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Pamala Love
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30315
I specialize in Military related PTSD, mood disorders, Suicide and Homicide Treatment/ Prevention, Relational Conflict, Postpartum Depression, and Sexual/Intimate Partner Trauma for children and adults.
I can often participate in behavioral health symposiums throughout the country and advocate for supporting marriage, strengthening single-parent homes, and military and veteran families, educating young parents, and promoting collectivism for the community’s wellbeing.
I specialize in Military related PTSD, mood disorders, Suicide and Homicide Treatment/ Prevention, Relational Conflict, Postpartum Depression, and Sexual/Intimate Partner Trauma for children and adults.
I can often participate in behavioral health symposiums throughout the country and advocate for supporting marriage, strengthening single-parent homes, and military and veteran families, educating young parents, and promoting collectivism for the community’s wellbeing.
(678) 203-9342 View (678) 203-9342
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Ephrat Less Lipton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, CEDS
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328
I have specialty training and even certification in many treatment modalities, including certification in eating disorder treatment, enneagram applications, and the highest training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
I have been treating clients who struggle with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and related disorders, life transition issues, grief/loss, and marital and family issues for about 30 years. I also work as a therapist who treats other therapists for their own mental wellness needs and I work as a consultant for therapists starting and/or growing their practices. Clients and families typically come to me for help with diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment implementation, often through referral from another professional or a past client. Often, these clients have tried other treatments and haven’t found optimal results.
I have specialty training and even certification in many treatment modalities, including certification in eating disorder treatment, enneagram applications, and the highest training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
I have been treating clients who struggle with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and related disorders, life transition issues, grief/loss, and marital and family issues for about 30 years. I also work as a therapist who treats other therapists for their own mental wellness needs and I work as a consultant for therapists starting and/or growing their practices. Clients and families typically come to me for help with diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment implementation, often through referral from another professional or a past client. Often, these clients have tried other treatments and haven’t found optimal results.
(470) 236-4432 View (470) 236-4432
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Creative Connections Comprehensive Servives
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324  (Online Only)
NOTE: Lets have a conversation. At Creative Connections Sharron Cross and her team provide mental health services to individuals, couples, and families tailored to meet an individual's needs with "just a conversation" in a "non judgmental" zone for breakthroughs and personal growth. We believe that a practice with therapists qualified to meet varying needs is an essential component to servicing the community. We at Creative Connections like to think of our time together as self care. Whether you are struggling with life's challenges, need a little encouragement or a place to share testimonies of personal growth we are here for YOU!
NOTE: Lets have a conversation. At Creative Connections Sharron Cross and her team provide mental health services to individuals, couples, and families tailored to meet an individual's needs with "just a conversation" in a "non judgmental" zone for breakthroughs and personal growth. We believe that a practice with therapists qualified to meet varying needs is an essential component to servicing the community. We at Creative Connections like to think of our time together as self care. Whether you are struggling with life's challenges, need a little encouragement or a place to share testimonies of personal growth we are here for YOU!
(404) 948-5903 View (404) 948-5903
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Elizabeth L Edge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30306  (Online Only)
I also believe the connection between therapist and client is essential for a successful working relationship.
Life transitions are challenging whether it is navigating high school, adjusting to a child growing up, or realizing you are not where you expected at this point in life. My experience has been with people who have turned to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, or self-injury to cope with various life events. Others have shut down in the form of depression or paralyzing anxiety. Essentially the ways of handling life’s stressors are no longer effective, and in these moments we need help. I enjoy working with people who have a desire to learn how to better navigate their transition.
I also believe the connection between therapist and client is essential for a successful working relationship.
Life transitions are challenging whether it is navigating high school, adjusting to a child growing up, or realizing you are not where you expected at this point in life. My experience has been with people who have turned to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, or self-injury to cope with various life events. Others have shut down in the form of depression or paralyzing anxiety. Essentially the ways of handling life’s stressors are no longer effective, and in these moments we need help. I enjoy working with people who have a desire to learn how to better navigate their transition.
(404) 566-6455 View (404) 566-6455
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Dr. Terry Maurice Samuels
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MS, CDBT, CPCS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30326
I have over 18 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families.
You made a bold and courageous decision to find help for your struggle. Millions of people deal with mental health problems daily and you are not alone in deciding to face your fears and find balance in life. I am here to help you and coach you through overcoming the obstacles in your life as you reach your full potential. By committing yourself to the progression of therapy, you can acquire holistic strategies designed to help you grow mentally, emotionally, and physically, and I would love to be your guide.
I have over 18 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families.
You made a bold and courageous decision to find help for your struggle. Millions of people deal with mental health problems daily and you are not alone in deciding to face your fears and find balance in life. I am here to help you and coach you through overcoming the obstacles in your life as you reach your full potential. By committing yourself to the progression of therapy, you can acquire holistic strategies designed to help you grow mentally, emotionally, and physically, and I would love to be your guide.
(404) 738-9149 View (404) 738-9149
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Dr. Martha B Womack
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324  (Online Only)
I work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, medical concerns, or relationship difficulties.
You may be seeking therapy to help remove or change issues which are causing you discomfort. In addition to therapy helping you cope and reduce your distress, the process of self-discovery within the therapeutic relationship can lead to an increased understanding and acceptance of yourself. It can also lead to an expansion of comfort with all aspects of yourself. I am a clinical psychologist with 30 years’ experience working with adults and young adults in individual and couples therapy. I am also a certified EMDR therapist.
I work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, medical concerns, or relationship difficulties.
You may be seeking therapy to help remove or change issues which are causing you discomfort. In addition to therapy helping you cope and reduce your distress, the process of self-discovery within the therapeutic relationship can lead to an increased understanding and acceptance of yourself. It can also lead to an expansion of comfort with all aspects of yourself. I am a clinical psychologist with 30 years’ experience working with adults and young adults in individual and couples therapy. I am also a certified EMDR therapist.
(470) 837-2666 View (470) 837-2666
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Gordon Tuttle
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324
I provide couples therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and coaching to enhance work-life integration and career satisfaction.
I am a senior psychologist trained at Boston University and Harvard Medical School in practice for 25 years. I am most focused at this time with helping couples to achieve joy and success in their relational and family lives, and with assisting individuals navigate personal/professional transitions and enhance career satisfaction.
I provide couples therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and coaching to enhance work-life integration and career satisfaction.
I am a senior psychologist trained at Boston University and Harvard Medical School in practice for 25 years. I am most focused at this time with helping couples to achieve joy and success in their relational and family lives, and with assisting individuals navigate personal/professional transitions and enhance career satisfaction.
(404) 574-5879 View (404) 574-5879
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Tandy Mackey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30342
My name is Tandy Mackey and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Atlanta, Georgia, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in Family Systems, Emotional Family Couples Therapy, Gottman Method Therapy, Attachment Theory, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, Supportive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist my clients in being the better version of themselves so they can feel better.
My name is Tandy Mackey and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Atlanta, Georgia, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in Family Systems, Emotional Family Couples Therapy, Gottman Method Therapy, Attachment Theory, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, Supportive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist my clients in being the better version of themselves so they can feel better.
(404) 812-5603 View (404) 812-5603
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Dr. Ellen Brackup
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30319
So many therapists to choose from! It's overwhelming, right? What should you look for in picking a therapist? Someone who is enough like you that you can connect, and yet different enough that you can grow. It's hard to tell that from profiles, but you'll make the right decision. It takes guts to be in psychotherapy, because psychotherapy is about really looking at yourself, and seeing what you do well and what needs to be changed. It's about gradually coming to trust the relationship we build together, and using that relationship for safety, support, and feedback.
So many therapists to choose from! It's overwhelming, right? What should you look for in picking a therapist? Someone who is enough like you that you can connect, and yet different enough that you can grow. It's hard to tell that from profiles, but you'll make the right decision. It takes guts to be in psychotherapy, because psychotherapy is about really looking at yourself, and seeing what you do well and what needs to be changed. It's about gradually coming to trust the relationship we build together, and using that relationship for safety, support, and feedback.
(404) 231-4455 View (404) 231-4455
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Oshetha L Shakoor-Rivera
Counselor, MA, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Are you ready to integrate loving kindness and compassion into the relationship you have with yourself and others? This may seem an impossible healing for those who have endured relational betrayal, death, loss, hurt or trauma. However, shifting focus towards meaning, resilience, and possibility can liberate you from your past and present suffering. What does this mean for you and your loved ones? It means here is an invitation to sit with a non-judgmental human being while you recover, connect, and heal in new ways. It means you may shed old roles, affirm new strengths, and learn others with vulnerability and without guard.
Are you ready to integrate loving kindness and compassion into the relationship you have with yourself and others? This may seem an impossible healing for those who have endured relational betrayal, death, loss, hurt or trauma. However, shifting focus towards meaning, resilience, and possibility can liberate you from your past and present suffering. What does this mean for you and your loved ones? It means here is an invitation to sit with a non-judgmental human being while you recover, connect, and heal in new ways. It means you may shed old roles, affirm new strengths, and learn others with vulnerability and without guard.
(678) 940-8805 View (678) 940-8805
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Lindsay M Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30307  (Online Only)
Whether you are overwhelmed by motherhood, facing fertility struggles, striving to maintain connection with your spouse, navigating the world as LGBTQ or just fighting to keep your head above water while battling depression and anxiety, please consider letting me help you make sense of your thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
It’s a new day with endless possibilities, but you feel the dread in the pit of your stomach again. You feel the pressure to live the life you’ve been dreaming of, but you can’t quite figure out what is holding you back. Some areas of your life might feel right on track, while other areas are stressful or chaotic. You are longing to feel content and at peace with who you are. Or maybe you are searching for peace and understanding within your relationship and desiring to feel more connected and valued. You are feeling ready for a change - ready for therapy - ready to have someone who truly hears you and supports you. I am here.
Whether you are overwhelmed by motherhood, facing fertility struggles, striving to maintain connection with your spouse, navigating the world as LGBTQ or just fighting to keep your head above water while battling depression and anxiety, please consider letting me help you make sense of your thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
It’s a new day with endless possibilities, but you feel the dread in the pit of your stomach again. You feel the pressure to live the life you’ve been dreaming of, but you can’t quite figure out what is holding you back. Some areas of your life might feel right on track, while other areas are stressful or chaotic. You are longing to feel content and at peace with who you are. Or maybe you are searching for peace and understanding within your relationship and desiring to feel more connected and valued. You are feeling ready for a change - ready for therapy - ready to have someone who truly hears you and supports you. I am here.
(678) 325-5036 x501 View (678) 325-5036 x501
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Molly Fine
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328
Beginning therapy can be overwhelming and I aim to make the process feel authentic and comfortable. I welcome adult and adolescent clients, their families and significant others who are motivated to learn about themselves, improve their relationships and transform their lives. I am fat-positive and use a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach, am welcoming to all gender and sexual identities, races, religions, and cultural backgrounds and am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. I work with clients going through a wide range of difficulties including addiction, grief/loss, eating disorders, negative body image and relationship problems.
Beginning therapy can be overwhelming and I aim to make the process feel authentic and comfortable. I welcome adult and adolescent clients, their families and significant others who are motivated to learn about themselves, improve their relationships and transform their lives. I am fat-positive and use a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach, am welcoming to all gender and sexual identities, races, religions, and cultural backgrounds and am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. I work with clients going through a wide range of difficulties including addiction, grief/loss, eating disorders, negative body image and relationship problems.
(678) 737-4014 View (678) 737-4014
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Jenny Van Overbeke Brooks
Psychologist, PhD, MEd
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328
I believe that creating a warm, safe, and respectful environment is pertinent to establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship with my clients and helping them to achieve their therapy goals.
I specialize in working with children age 5+, adolescents and their families. Together, we’ll create a plan to navigate family conflict, school performance issues, social difficulties, divorce, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood dysregulation and behavioral difficulties. For my adult clients, therapeutic issues typically focus on depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns, stress management, self-esteem, marital/relationship discord, and life transitions. For couples considering divorce or divorcing, I have been trained in Collaborative Law Practice.
I believe that creating a warm, safe, and respectful environment is pertinent to establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship with my clients and helping them to achieve their therapy goals.
I specialize in working with children age 5+, adolescents and their families. Together, we’ll create a plan to navigate family conflict, school performance issues, social difficulties, divorce, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood dysregulation and behavioral difficulties. For my adult clients, therapeutic issues typically focus on depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship concerns, stress management, self-esteem, marital/relationship discord, and life transitions. For couples considering divorce or divorcing, I have been trained in Collaborative Law Practice.
(770) 450-5563 View (770) 450-5563
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Jamie Mahaffey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309  (Online Only)
I have diverse work experiences with children and adults in individual/couples/family/group counseling, crisis intervention, diagnostic and trauma assessments, medical social work, child advocacy/abuse prevention, and psychotherapy.
I have a strong passion to help restore relationships (specifically marriages) and the issues that plague them. My love of treating mental health concerns in a psycho-therapeutic way allows for me to empower my clients to make healthy decisions for a better life. I believe that I am called to this field and hope to challenge irrational belief patterns that keep you stagnant and unproductive by concurrently identifying your strengths, building insight to make better life choices.
I have diverse work experiences with children and adults in individual/couples/family/group counseling, crisis intervention, diagnostic and trauma assessments, medical social work, child advocacy/abuse prevention, and psychotherapy.
I have a strong passion to help restore relationships (specifically marriages) and the issues that plague them. My love of treating mental health concerns in a psycho-therapeutic way allows for me to empower my clients to make healthy decisions for a better life. I believe that I am called to this field and hope to challenge irrational belief patterns that keep you stagnant and unproductive by concurrently identifying your strengths, building insight to make better life choices.
(470) 347-8442 View (470) 347-8442
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Daniel J. Wachtel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30342
I am a practicing clinical psychologist and Geropsychologist in Atlanta, Georgia (Sandy Springs). I work with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. My commitment is to help my clients experience relief from their immediate problems, and to obtain a more meaningful and deeper understanding of themselves for longer-lasting change in concert with their life goals. Services provided include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, psychological evaluations, education, and consultation.
I am a practicing clinical psychologist and Geropsychologist in Atlanta, Georgia (Sandy Springs). I work with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. My commitment is to help my clients experience relief from their immediate problems, and to obtain a more meaningful and deeper understanding of themselves for longer-lasting change in concert with their life goals. Services provided include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, psychological evaluations, education, and consultation.
(404) 994-3560 View (404) 994-3560
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Sophia Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
Hello! I’m Sophia and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I obtained my Master’s in Social Work from Boston University with a specialization is Groupwork. With everything going on in the world today, life can be hard to manage. Do you feel stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, relationship issues or feel like isolation yourself? Have you thought about reaching out for help before? Well, any time you decide to reach out is a good time.
Hello! I’m Sophia and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I obtained my Master’s in Social Work from Boston University with a specialization is Groupwork. With everything going on in the world today, life can be hard to manage. Do you feel stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, relationship issues or feel like isolation yourself? Have you thought about reaching out for help before? Well, any time you decide to reach out is a good time.
(470) 414-5808 View (470) 414-5808
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Amber Barnes
APC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30331
Overwhelmed and anxious? Feeling stuck? Experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Flooded by intrusive thoughts? Issues with self-esteem? Your journey to recovery starts here! Together we can pursue your healing journey through childhood and adult trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. The goal... to create a life of peace, fulfillment and success!
Overwhelmed and anxious? Feeling stuck? Experiencing difficulty in your relationships? Flooded by intrusive thoughts? Issues with self-esteem? Your journey to recovery starts here! Together we can pursue your healing journey through childhood and adult trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. The goal... to create a life of peace, fulfillment and success!
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Casey Schrader
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30307
Waitlist for new clients
I provide couples/partnership therapy and family therapy for adults, individual therapy, and group therapy to create a space of nonjudgmentalness and trust.
Our most trying times are when we need comfort and connection the most, but they can often be times when we feel the most alone and unheard. Our goal is to honor and alleviate these pains by listening to what they have to tell us. Through the transformative process of connection, you can develop the rich, fulfilling life you deserve. I specialize in working with couples and partnerships, LGBTQIA+ and Queer people, trans and gender-expansive people, women, trauma survivors, and the loved ones of problematic substance users. Thank you for considering me. Let's work together to nurture a life you love.
I provide couples/partnership therapy and family therapy for adults, individual therapy, and group therapy to create a space of nonjudgmentalness and trust.
Our most trying times are when we need comfort and connection the most, but they can often be times when we feel the most alone and unheard. Our goal is to honor and alleviate these pains by listening to what they have to tell us. Through the transformative process of connection, you can develop the rich, fulfilling life you deserve. I specialize in working with couples and partnerships, LGBTQIA+ and Queer people, trans and gender-expansive people, women, trauma survivors, and the loved ones of problematic substance users. Thank you for considering me. Let's work together to nurture a life you love.
(404) 390-4848 View (404) 390-4848
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Lynn Louise Wonders
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30339  (Online Only)
Stress, anxiety and relationship challenges can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like it's too much to face on your own. Finding the right counselor with whom you feel connected is important. You want to feel comfortable with your therapist and confident in their ability to help you. With over 20 years experience counseling people of ALL ages and a tool-box brimming with therapeutic resources and techniques, you can experience relief from stress and anxiety and have hope for better days ahead. And if after we meet if it feels I'm not the right therapist for you, I'll help you find one that is.
Stress, anxiety and relationship challenges can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like it's too much to face on your own. Finding the right counselor with whom you feel connected is important. You want to feel comfortable with your therapist and confident in their ability to help you. With over 20 years experience counseling people of ALL ages and a tool-box brimming with therapeutic resources and techniques, you can experience relief from stress and anxiety and have hope for better days ahead. And if after we meet if it feels I'm not the right therapist for you, I'll help you find one that is.
(470) 785-8219 View (470) 785-8219
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.