Marriage Counseling Therapists in Cumming, GA

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Max Merritt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Feeling like life has gotten beyond your abilities to handle? Perhaps you're stressed out from work, or the loss of a loved one. Perhaps there are struggles in your marriage, or you're wondering what's going on with your kids. Perhaps you are engaged and simply wanting to set yourself and your partner up for a successful marriage. Maybe your child has been diagnosed with a mental health concern and now you are concerned with how to help them. Or perhaps you or a loved one is struggling with self-harm or thoughts of suicide. Life may be difficult, but it can still be one worth living.
Feeling like life has gotten beyond your abilities to handle? Perhaps you're stressed out from work, or the loss of a loved one. Perhaps there are struggles in your marriage, or you're wondering what's going on with your kids. Perhaps you are engaged and simply wanting to set yourself and your partner up for a successful marriage. Maybe your child has been diagnosed with a mental health concern and now you are concerned with how to help them. Or perhaps you or a loved one is struggling with self-harm or thoughts of suicide. Life may be difficult, but it can still be one worth living.
(678) 403-6845 View (678) 403-6845
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Cheryl A. O'Connell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH, TPMC996
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30028  (Online Only)
Relationships, Marriage, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Teenager, Grief (family, friends or pets). With over 20yrs of therapeutic experience my overall passion is helping Individuals, Teens, Couples & Families discover the truth in their current circumstances & together developing a peaceful, livable solution. ALL appointments are Virtual Telemental Health. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Relationships, Marriage, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Teenager, Grief (family, friends or pets). With over 20yrs of therapeutic experience my overall passion is helping Individuals, Teens, Couples & Families discover the truth in their current circumstances & together developing a peaceful, livable solution. ALL appointments are Virtual Telemental Health. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
(404) 919-7334 View (404) 919-7334
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Kimberly Mulkey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Do you find yourself struggling to engage in meaningful relationships? Are you unhappy with the current path you are on? Whatever your struggles are, you are not alone! Therapy can be an excellent place for you to work on the things keeping you from feeling fulfilled. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides therapy services for diagnoses including, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I enjoy working with teens, adults, and couples and my specialties include anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues.
Do you find yourself struggling to engage in meaningful relationships? Are you unhappy with the current path you are on? Whatever your struggles are, you are not alone! Therapy can be an excellent place for you to work on the things keeping you from feeling fulfilled. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides therapy services for diagnoses including, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma disorders. I enjoy working with teens, adults, and couples and my specialties include anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues.
(470) 616-9237 View (470) 616-9237
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Jasmine Marie Gosha
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia.
Are you feeling stuck in patterns that make life hard to navigate? Do you want to understand more about yourself to improve your relationships? Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by the many tasks we must accomplish daily. Whatever the reason may be, therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment to develop tools to tackle any obstacle we face. It takes courage to reach out for help and make the decision to look inward. The reward for being brave in this moment could benefit you for the rest of your life.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia.
Are you feeling stuck in patterns that make life hard to navigate? Do you want to understand more about yourself to improve your relationships? Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by the many tasks we must accomplish daily. Whatever the reason may be, therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment to develop tools to tackle any obstacle we face. It takes courage to reach out for help and make the decision to look inward. The reward for being brave in this moment could benefit you for the rest of your life.
(470) 722-2073 View (470) 722-2073
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Amorette Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LAPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30041
I have a MA degree in sports psychology and a MS degree in Marriage, Couples & Individual Therapy.
I am a passionate wellbeing leader who understands the importance of self-care in order to get the most out life. My unique background has allowed me to work with disabled patients in rehab programs, serve as a coordinator of wrap-around services for children with special needs, and gain experience in corporate positions that require attention to detail and demand work-life balance. This journey has taught me to be empathetic to my client's circumstances. I have a client-centered approach that considers every aspect of their lives, and meet each person where they are in their mental wellness journey.
I have a MA degree in sports psychology and a MS degree in Marriage, Couples & Individual Therapy.
I am a passionate wellbeing leader who understands the importance of self-care in order to get the most out life. My unique background has allowed me to work with disabled patients in rehab programs, serve as a coordinator of wrap-around services for children with special needs, and gain experience in corporate positions that require attention to detail and demand work-life balance. This journey has taught me to be empathetic to my client's circumstances. I have a client-centered approach that considers every aspect of their lives, and meet each person where they are in their mental wellness journey.
(470) 243-8905 View (470) 243-8905
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Michael Sessions
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
My practice is fairly evenly divided across individuals, couples and corporations. I address issues ranging from anxiety, depression, marital/relationship, parenting/family concerns to life transitions and executive/organizational development. I received my doctorate in 1986 and went on to serve as president of the Georgia Psychological Association from 1999-2000. I rely on a blend of cognitive behavioral and family systems therapy to help clients develop a practical, common sense path to change. The central premise is that in order to change your life, you must first understand how it used to work and why it doesn't anymore.
My practice is fairly evenly divided across individuals, couples and corporations. I address issues ranging from anxiety, depression, marital/relationship, parenting/family concerns to life transitions and executive/organizational development. I received my doctorate in 1986 and went on to serve as president of the Georgia Psychological Association from 1999-2000. I rely on a blend of cognitive behavioral and family systems therapy to help clients develop a practical, common sense path to change. The central premise is that in order to change your life, you must first understand how it used to work and why it doesn't anymore.
(770) 450-5528 View (770) 450-5528
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AnchoredHeart Counseling LLC
Christian Counselor, MS, BCCT, CCATP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
If anyone knew the thoughts that run through my mind, they would think I'm crazy or I feel absolutely overwhelmed & lost. I'm not ready to give up on marriage. I long for change. I hear you. Ready to grow, gain insights, have tools to overcome anxiety, depression, OCD, marital struggles, & traumas? Therapy is a gift & an investment. For over 25 years, I've been facilitating a restorative safe-place for you to come & find healing. My current focus: anxiety, depression, OCD, marriage, conflicts, & communication. At Anchoredheart, you will be heard, equipped, challenged, gain tools & understanding, for a more peaceful productive life.
If anyone knew the thoughts that run through my mind, they would think I'm crazy or I feel absolutely overwhelmed & lost. I'm not ready to give up on marriage. I long for change. I hear you. Ready to grow, gain insights, have tools to overcome anxiety, depression, OCD, marital struggles, & traumas? Therapy is a gift & an investment. For over 25 years, I've been facilitating a restorative safe-place for you to come & find healing. My current focus: anxiety, depression, OCD, marriage, conflicts, & communication. At Anchoredheart, you will be heard, equipped, challenged, gain tools & understanding, for a more peaceful productive life.
(833) 204-2971 View (833) 204-2971
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Maurisa Versel
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Specialities: Women’s Issues including Health & Wellness, Nutrition and Post-Partum • Stress Management • Blended families • Alcohol Abuse • Adolescents • Anxiety and Depression • Relationship Issues including marital conflicts, divorce • Employee Assistance Program including Crisis intervention services and CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) .
Treatment Philosophy “The nice thing about things that are urgent is that if you wait long enough they aren’t urgent anymore.” --Dr. Amos Tversky The demands of modern society have created an environment in which every moment of every day seems to be urgent. This constant sense of urgency leads to stress, which in turn makes you feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled. You may feel like each day is no more than a series of crises and that you can’t keep up with everything. Finding your way out of this loop requires stepping outside of your daily routine and figuring out what really matters to you.
Specialities: Women’s Issues including Health & Wellness, Nutrition and Post-Partum • Stress Management • Blended families • Alcohol Abuse • Adolescents • Anxiety and Depression • Relationship Issues including marital conflicts, divorce • Employee Assistance Program including Crisis intervention services and CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) .
Treatment Philosophy “The nice thing about things that are urgent is that if you wait long enough they aren’t urgent anymore.” --Dr. Amos Tversky The demands of modern society have created an environment in which every moment of every day seems to be urgent. This constant sense of urgency leads to stress, which in turn makes you feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled. You may feel like each day is no more than a series of crises and that you can’t keep up with everything. Finding your way out of this loop requires stepping outside of your daily routine and figuring out what really matters to you.
(678) 771-6762 x65 View (678) 771-6762 x65
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Kate Kim
Counselor, LAPC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
She received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kate desires to establish an environment where clients feel safe to be vulnerable in order that they will feel seen, heard, and known. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, couples and families who are longing for healthier relationships with themselves and others. Kate has experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, anger management, conflict resolution, substance use issues, blended families and spiritual issues.
She received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kate desires to establish an environment where clients feel safe to be vulnerable in order that they will feel seen, heard, and known. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, couples and families who are longing for healthier relationships with themselves and others. Kate has experience working with anxiety, depression, OCD, anger management, conflict resolution, substance use issues, blended families and spiritual issues.
(470) 594-2462 View (470) 594-2462
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Jaclyn Barnum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CMFT, HS-BCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30041
Jaclyn is associated with Hope & Growth Counseling Services, LLC. Jaclyn Barnum is a fully licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapy certificate and a Human Services Board Certified practitioner. Jaclyn's biggest focus is listening to her clients, helping them with where they are at, and helping them move forward in the direction they want to go. Jaclyn is kind and feels that listening to her clients is the best way to help. Jaclyn provides several focuses in the areas of DBT and CBT. Jaclyn can also complete several different types of assessments. Currently accepting new clients and looks forward to helping you
Jaclyn is associated with Hope & Growth Counseling Services, LLC. Jaclyn Barnum is a fully licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapy certificate and a Human Services Board Certified practitioner. Jaclyn's biggest focus is listening to her clients, helping them with where they are at, and helping them move forward in the direction they want to go. Jaclyn is kind and feels that listening to her clients is the best way to help. Jaclyn provides several focuses in the areas of DBT and CBT. Jaclyn can also complete several different types of assessments. Currently accepting new clients and looks forward to helping you
(770) 501-4673 View (770) 501-4673
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Gerry Ken Crete
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Waitlist for new clients
I help couples work through marital conflicts and help them achieve a relationship based on trust, security, mutual empathy and deeper levels of connection. I also work with individuals struggling with histories of trauma such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse. In addition, I help men who struggle with compulsive sexual behaviors, anxieties, depression, and/or obsessive thoughts. I encourage clients to explore their past in order to identify patterns that are affecting their current relationships and personal goals. I provide a safe place to share personal struggles and work toward change. Upon request, I provide a Christian approach.
I help couples work through marital conflicts and help them achieve a relationship based on trust, security, mutual empathy and deeper levels of connection. I also work with individuals struggling with histories of trauma such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse. In addition, I help men who struggle with compulsive sexual behaviors, anxieties, depression, and/or obsessive thoughts. I encourage clients to explore their past in order to identify patterns that are affecting their current relationships and personal goals. I provide a safe place to share personal struggles and work toward change. Upon request, I provide a Christian approach.
(678) 871-8099 View (678) 871-8099
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Carl Dickerson, EdD, LPC Counseling & Consulting
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041  (Online Only)
Almost everyone needs a counselor at sometime during their life. Some are overwhelmed and facing a crisis. Some need information to better understand and work through a problem. Others need help to change behaviors, work on relationships or simply cope with stress. I would love to help. Anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, obsessions, grief, anger, relationships, marriage, parenting, adjusting to life situations and dealing with events from the past are some areas where I have extensive training and experience. For marriage and marriage preparation, I often help with communication, personality differences and conflict resolution.
Almost everyone needs a counselor at sometime during their life. Some are overwhelmed and facing a crisis. Some need information to better understand and work through a problem. Others need help to change behaviors, work on relationships or simply cope with stress. I would love to help. Anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, obsessions, grief, anger, relationships, marriage, parenting, adjusting to life situations and dealing with events from the past are some areas where I have extensive training and experience. For marriage and marriage preparation, I often help with communication, personality differences and conflict resolution.
(404) 724-8596 View (404) 724-8596
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The Marriage Point
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
We are confident that with your dedicated work and our compassionate expertise and practical guidance, your marriage will be healed and transformed.
We believe that healthy, passionate, and connected marriages are possible and we make it our life's work to advocate for marriages in which each partner feels empowered, secure, and cherished. We believe in a passionate and mutually satisfying sex life and we work to help you transform your sex life. We understand the importance of empathetic, thorough and expert care. Therefore we treat you with authentic respect and empathy from our very first interaction. Our team is highly qualified to work with marital and relational dynamics. Each clinician has post-graduate training/certification in various areas of the marital relationship.
We are confident that with your dedicated work and our compassionate expertise and practical guidance, your marriage will be healed and transformed.
We believe that healthy, passionate, and connected marriages are possible and we make it our life's work to advocate for marriages in which each partner feels empowered, secure, and cherished. We believe in a passionate and mutually satisfying sex life and we work to help you transform your sex life. We understand the importance of empathetic, thorough and expert care. Therefore we treat you with authentic respect and empathy from our very first interaction. Our team is highly qualified to work with marital and relational dynamics. Each clinician has post-graduate training/certification in various areas of the marital relationship.
(470) 863-8696 View (470) 863-8696
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Debbie Turner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Feeling stuck? Wanting personal or relational healing? I am a marriage and family therapist and enjoy helping individuals, couples, or families discover new pathways of change that they were not aware of and walking that journey with them. Understanding how we may have learned to attach to others makes change more transformational than behavioral. I also seek to walk along side women struggling emotionally with the changes that occur in pregnancy and after. I am a licensed therapist and can provide in person therapy in Cumming or remotely to anyone in the state of GA
Feeling stuck? Wanting personal or relational healing? I am a marriage and family therapist and enjoy helping individuals, couples, or families discover new pathways of change that they were not aware of and walking that journey with them. Understanding how we may have learned to attach to others makes change more transformational than behavioral. I also seek to walk along side women struggling emotionally with the changes that occur in pregnancy and after. I am a licensed therapist and can provide in person therapy in Cumming or remotely to anyone in the state of GA
(470) 239-6444 View (470) 239-6444
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Rachel Menzoian
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
I work with adults navigating a difficult season in life including; boundary issues, divorce/separation, marriage, anxiety, self-worth, co-dependency, life transitions, co-parenting, blended families and grief.
I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2008. I graduated from Georgia State in 2005 with a Masters in Professional Counseling. For the last 21 years I worked with North Point Ministries as a Director in the Care Network. I started my private practice in 2017 and left my full time job in ministry to focus solely on counseling in 2021.
I work with adults navigating a difficult season in life including; boundary issues, divorce/separation, marriage, anxiety, self-worth, co-dependency, life transitions, co-parenting, blended families and grief.
I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2008. I graduated from Georgia State in 2005 with a Masters in Professional Counseling. For the last 21 years I worked with North Point Ministries as a Director in the Care Network. I started my private practice in 2017 and left my full time job in ministry to focus solely on counseling in 2021.
(678) 726-1376 View (678) 726-1376
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Aaron M. Wondrasek
Counselor, MA, APC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Is your world changing seemingly by the minute and sometimes you do not know which end is up? Are you struggling with managing stress and anxiety, or depression? Are you struggling with chemical dependence or addiction and do not know where to turn? Maybe you struggle with poor self-esteem, poor self-image, or low self-worth? Are you struggling with unhealthy relationships, or a marriage that needs some tweaking? Are you a high school or college student that needs help finding direction? Are you looking for a life-focus or purpose and seem to be stuck? Are you in a season of life that needs to change but do not know where to start?
Is your world changing seemingly by the minute and sometimes you do not know which end is up? Are you struggling with managing stress and anxiety, or depression? Are you struggling with chemical dependence or addiction and do not know where to turn? Maybe you struggle with poor self-esteem, poor self-image, or low self-worth? Are you struggling with unhealthy relationships, or a marriage that needs some tweaking? Are you a high school or college student that needs help finding direction? Are you looking for a life-focus or purpose and seem to be stuck? Are you in a season of life that needs to change but do not know where to start?
(770) 874-7812 View (770) 874-7812
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Robert Gillette
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Your current life situations do not have to predict your tomorrow. If you are ready to move away from the past I can help. My passion is to help others find freedom from the issues that are causing difficulties and pain. Freedom comes from resolving the issues that are causing the difficulties. Freedom can be found in many forms such as: mending relationships, putting an addiction to rest, developing boundaries, facing depression and anxiety or rebuilding a broken marriage. The road to tomorrow is paved by the work you do today.
Your current life situations do not have to predict your tomorrow. If you are ready to move away from the past I can help. My passion is to help others find freedom from the issues that are causing difficulties and pain. Freedom comes from resolving the issues that are causing the difficulties. Freedom can be found in many forms such as: mending relationships, putting an addiction to rest, developing boundaries, facing depression and anxiety or rebuilding a broken marriage. The road to tomorrow is paved by the work you do today.
(404) 994-6177 View (404) 994-6177
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Silke at The Counseling Group LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30041
Working with adults and adolescents who suffer from depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, marriage issues, and individuals who experience domestic violence are so of my specialties.
Therapy should be a safe place to unload, change behavior, and heal. I am here to support you on this journey. I meet my clients where they are versus telling them how and where to be. I have several years of international working experience in the mental health field to offer and I received education and training in this field oversea.
Working with adults and adolescents who suffer from depression, anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, marriage issues, and individuals who experience domestic violence are so of my specialties.
Therapy should be a safe place to unload, change behavior, and heal. I am here to support you on this journey. I meet my clients where they are versus telling them how and where to be. I have several years of international working experience in the mental health field to offer and I received education and training in this field oversea.
(770) 651-0330 View (770) 651-0330
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Focus Forward Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
Psychologist, PhD, LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
We offer day, evening and weekend appointments to help you get "unstuck." We provide pragmatic, down to earth, help for individuals, couples, and families. Our expert psychology and counseling staff offers child and adolescent counseling, adult therapy, individual therapy, couples counseling, marriage and family services, and psychological testing. We treat anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, trauma, career concerns, relationship troubles, academic issues, and ADHD.
We offer day, evening and weekend appointments to help you get "unstuck." We provide pragmatic, down to earth, help for individuals, couples, and families. Our expert psychology and counseling staff offers child and adolescent counseling, adult therapy, individual therapy, couples counseling, marriage and family services, and psychological testing. We treat anxiety and depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, trauma, career concerns, relationship troubles, academic issues, and ADHD.
(404) 948-5710 View (404) 948-5710
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Anna Moriarty
Licensed Professional Counselor, MPS, LPC, LMHC, CPCS, ACS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
I specialize in intensive work for pre-marital counseling, couples and families.
I have had over 25 years experience assisting individuals and families with finding successful outcomes. I developed, trademarked and copyrighted Core Belief Therapy. This therapy helps you grow in your awareness of core beliefs and how they affect your thoughts, emotions and behaviors so that you can find healing from painful experiences and ultimately live with lasting happiness and peace.
I specialize in intensive work for pre-marital counseling, couples and families.
I have had over 25 years experience assisting individuals and families with finding successful outcomes. I developed, trademarked and copyrighted Core Belief Therapy. This therapy helps you grow in your awareness of core beliefs and how they affect your thoughts, emotions and behaviors so that you can find healing from painful experiences and ultimately live with lasting happiness and peace.
(678) 835-7830 View (678) 835-7830
Marriage Counseling Therapists

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.