Couples Counseling Therapists in Newton Centre, MA

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Aliza Phillips-Stoll
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
A licensed psychologist practicing in Newton, Mass., I have 15+ years of experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, eating disorders and relationship challenges. With adolescents, adults, and couples, I use an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques. Life can be full of rough patches. Therefore my clients and I work together to shift the ways in which they relate to themselves and others, in order to lead more meaningful, productive, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
A licensed psychologist practicing in Newton, Mass., I have 15+ years of experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, eating disorders and relationship challenges. With adolescents, adults, and couples, I use an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavioral techniques. Life can be full of rough patches. Therefore my clients and I work together to shift the ways in which they relate to themselves and others, in order to lead more meaningful, productive, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
(508) 348-7274 View (508) 348-7274
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Sandra Duggan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
I work with individuals and couples experiencing many different struggles in areas that include Depression, Anxiety, parenting, relationship issues, adoption issues, ADHD, family stressors, transitions in families, job changes, interpersonal struggles, identity issues and much more.
I have twenty years of experience providing psychotherapy for couples, adolescents, adults and families. My style is interactive, warm and compassionate. I offer coaching and easily usable strategies along with deeper dives to help improve how a client is feeling. I believe in using clients' strengths to help inform the work we do together. I believe in understanding what is going well as well as understanding where people are struggling. I have a strong respect for all of my clients and believe in providing a safe, trusting environment so clients have space to discuss what feels challenging at this time.
I work with individuals and couples experiencing many different struggles in areas that include Depression, Anxiety, parenting, relationship issues, adoption issues, ADHD, family stressors, transitions in families, job changes, interpersonal struggles, identity issues and much more.
I have twenty years of experience providing psychotherapy for couples, adolescents, adults and families. My style is interactive, warm and compassionate. I offer coaching and easily usable strategies along with deeper dives to help improve how a client is feeling. I believe in using clients' strengths to help inform the work we do together. I believe in understanding what is going well as well as understanding where people are struggling. I have a strong respect for all of my clients and believe in providing a safe, trusting environment so clients have space to discuss what feels challenging at this time.
(617) 420-7545 View (617) 420-7545
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Joey Sharan LMHC, CST
Counselor, LMHC, CST, RYT
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Joey specializes in sexual health for couples and individuals, an area she became more interested in midway through her career, when the limitation in sexual health competence in the field of general mental health work, especially for couples, troubled her. She thus decided to pursue training and hone her skills. It soon became a passion and a calling, and she has turned her focus since in understanding the various intersections of sexuality with culture, race, religion, gender, disability, age, and of course, sexual orientation. She respects and draws from both the traditional and the contemporary clinical models in her work.
Joey specializes in sexual health for couples and individuals, an area she became more interested in midway through her career, when the limitation in sexual health competence in the field of general mental health work, especially for couples, troubled her. She thus decided to pursue training and hone her skills. It soon became a passion and a calling, and she has turned her focus since in understanding the various intersections of sexuality with culture, race, religion, gender, disability, age, and of course, sexual orientation. She respects and draws from both the traditional and the contemporary clinical models in her work.
(857) 382-2615 View (857) 382-2615
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Laurie Sherwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
With training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, family systems theory, addictions, grief and loss, and mindfulness, I work these orientations to facilitate the development of your internal resources and natural strengths so that your relationship with yourself, with loved ones in your life, and rich and fulfilling engagement with your world is improved.
Accepting New Patients! My approach as a psychotherapist is to work as a consultant to you, facilitating your intention and effort to live the best life you have envisioned for yourself. This will include exploring personal impediments and challenges to this goal and promoting your unique strengths and resources. My attention is directed to the whole person, incorporating an appreciation for the dimensions of "knowing" that reside in the experience of intellect, physical being, emotion, and the spirit. I am warm, empathic, interactive and professional, and fully respect each person's individual life circumstance and process.
With training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, family systems theory, addictions, grief and loss, and mindfulness, I work these orientations to facilitate the development of your internal resources and natural strengths so that your relationship with yourself, with loved ones in your life, and rich and fulfilling engagement with your world is improved.
Accepting New Patients! My approach as a psychotherapist is to work as a consultant to you, facilitating your intention and effort to live the best life you have envisioned for yourself. This will include exploring personal impediments and challenges to this goal and promoting your unique strengths and resources. My attention is directed to the whole person, incorporating an appreciation for the dimensions of "knowing" that reside in the experience of intellect, physical being, emotion, and the spirit. I am warm, empathic, interactive and professional, and fully respect each person's individual life circumstance and process.
(781) 406-5886 View (781) 406-5886
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Leslie Penni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Are you struggling feelings of sadness all the time? You may be struggling with a major life stressor or perhaps you are feeling you are not where you want to be in your life or how you got there. I am passionate about working with clients to help them heal from the past, cope with the present and repair and grow healthy relationships. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I specialize in perinatal mental health, anxiety and depression, OCD, alcohol and substance abuse disorders, ADHD, life transitions, parenting and attachment, and relationship issues.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Are you struggling feelings of sadness all the time? You may be struggling with a major life stressor or perhaps you are feeling you are not where you want to be in your life or how you got there. I am passionate about working with clients to help them heal from the past, cope with the present and repair and grow healthy relationships. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I specialize in perinatal mental health, anxiety and depression, OCD, alcohol and substance abuse disorders, ADHD, life transitions, parenting and attachment, and relationship issues.
(617) 766-0319 View (617) 766-0319
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Smadar Sara Babchuck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
"We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that." Bernard Malamud, The Natural... .... Clients struggling with relationship issues will work on restoring trust and respect. If you feel that a past traumatic experience has not been resolved, allow me to help. Struggling with cultural transition? Both my personal and professional experience will help ease the anxieties that often come with the transition. I trust and respect the seriousness of your situation. Using a direct, respectful and compassionate approach, we will set new goals and work towards the emotional balance you seek.
"We have two lives... the life we learn with and the life we live after that." Bernard Malamud, The Natural... .... Clients struggling with relationship issues will work on restoring trust and respect. If you feel that a past traumatic experience has not been resolved, allow me to help. Struggling with cultural transition? Both my personal and professional experience will help ease the anxieties that often come with the transition. I trust and respect the seriousness of your situation. Using a direct, respectful and compassionate approach, we will set new goals and work towards the emotional balance you seek.
(617) 396-7236 View (617) 396-7236
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Sharon W Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
I have experienced great success with couples and individuals to provide relief from fighting, improving partnering and parenting skills, addressing intimacy/communication problems, and provide solution oriented therapy with adults.
Sometimes things in your life may feel too hard to handle on your own. Too often people don't feel seen or understood by others. If you are tired of working with a therapist who just sits and says "uh uh", if you feel stuck, unable to heal , repair, and navigate the path to make better choices and confront what you have avoided, then my approach which has been highly successful for my clients can help you move forward to feel healthier and happier.. Whether long standing issues or reactions to recent stressors, my role is that you feel welcomed, safe, supported and start building new strategies from our first visit.
I have experienced great success with couples and individuals to provide relief from fighting, improving partnering and parenting skills, addressing intimacy/communication problems, and provide solution oriented therapy with adults.
Sometimes things in your life may feel too hard to handle on your own. Too often people don't feel seen or understood by others. If you are tired of working with a therapist who just sits and says "uh uh", if you feel stuck, unable to heal , repair, and navigate the path to make better choices and confront what you have avoided, then my approach which has been highly successful for my clients can help you move forward to feel healthier and happier.. Whether long standing issues or reactions to recent stressors, my role is that you feel welcomed, safe, supported and start building new strategies from our first visit.
(617) 505-4060 View (617) 505-4060
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Peggy Kriss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have a particular interest in anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and supporting families with children on the autism spectrum including Sensory Integration & Nonverbal Learning Disorders, and Asperger's Syndrome.
I'd like you to know that you can feel better, whether you're troubled by difficult feelings, thoughts, behaviors or situations. I work in a highly collaborative way, using empathy, education, humor, patience and lots of practice to help you reach your mental health and wellness goals. I'll introduce you to CBT, mindfulness, and acceptance based skills to build your resilience, confidence, and ability to manage uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and to promote healthy relationships. I work with adults from college age and on. .
I have a particular interest in anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and supporting families with children on the autism spectrum including Sensory Integration & Nonverbal Learning Disorders, and Asperger's Syndrome.
I'd like you to know that you can feel better, whether you're troubled by difficult feelings, thoughts, behaviors or situations. I work in a highly collaborative way, using empathy, education, humor, patience and lots of practice to help you reach your mental health and wellness goals. I'll introduce you to CBT, mindfulness, and acceptance based skills to build your resilience, confidence, and ability to manage uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and to promote healthy relationships. I work with adults from college age and on. .
(617) 934-4525 View (617) 934-4525
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Belinda Kussman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
I am an experienced psychotherapist with a special interest in Adult and Couple psychotherapy. I work with individuals and couples presenting with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loss or grief, life transitions, trauma, and relationship and marital difficulties. I offer a safe and respectful exploratory space within which I strive to get to know and understand my clients. My approach is collaborative and empowering. Together we discover what the client needs and how best to respond to those needs. The client's experience of finding what is needed within the therapeutic relationship contributes towards personal growth and change.
I am an experienced psychotherapist with a special interest in Adult and Couple psychotherapy. I work with individuals and couples presenting with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loss or grief, life transitions, trauma, and relationship and marital difficulties. I offer a safe and respectful exploratory space within which I strive to get to know and understand my clients. My approach is collaborative and empowering. Together we discover what the client needs and how best to respond to those needs. The client's experience of finding what is needed within the therapeutic relationship contributes towards personal growth and change.
(857) 816-3087 View (857) 816-3087
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David Michael Poles
Counselor, LADC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
I especially enjoy helping those dealing with relationship challenges.
I am now accepting new clients as of 5/28/24! I enjoy working with individuals, mostly men from different walks of life, teaching them how to be more resilient, deal better with life changes, be more relational, have healthier boundaries improve self esteem, while helping them build their character. I also have several years of experience, teaching couples therapy how to be more relational.
I especially enjoy helping those dealing with relationship challenges.
I am now accepting new clients as of 5/28/24! I enjoy working with individuals, mostly men from different walks of life, teaching them how to be more resilient, deal better with life changes, be more relational, have healthier boundaries improve self esteem, while helping them build their character. I also have several years of experience, teaching couples therapy how to be more relational.
(617) 934-4119 View (617) 934-4119
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Lisa Kantor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Personal life transitions, relationship challenges, and school or career junctures present ideal opportunities to engage a therapist. By developing self-awareness and committing to improving outcomes in one's work and personal life, individuals often achieve far more than they'd previously imagined. As a psychologist and coach, I integrate the use of inquiry, insight, creative problem-solving, thoughtful self-reflection, hands-on "homework" assignments, and honest conversation. I will fully engage with you as a thought partner, a sounding board, and a confidential resource to help you alleviate stress and reach your potential.
Personal life transitions, relationship challenges, and school or career junctures present ideal opportunities to engage a therapist. By developing self-awareness and committing to improving outcomes in one's work and personal life, individuals often achieve far more than they'd previously imagined. As a psychologist and coach, I integrate the use of inquiry, insight, creative problem-solving, thoughtful self-reflection, hands-on "homework" assignments, and honest conversation. I will fully engage with you as a thought partner, a sounding board, and a confidential resource to help you alleviate stress and reach your potential.
(617) 855-7904 View (617) 855-7904
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Susan E Norman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, BCD, QCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
As a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with 30 years experience, I've worked in hospitals, clinics, guidance centers, courts, and on psychiatric emergency teams. I have advanced training in eating disorders&depression and have consulted to the community on issues of ADHD, obesity,alcoholism, grief,parenting, geriatric care and trained graduate students from area colleges in short/ long term psychotherapy. The foundation of my training is psychodynamic. Additional training in cognitive behavior, family systems, and coaching, has created an integrated approach to my treatment of individuals, couples,and families. Careful assessment determines which approach best suits each patient.
As a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with 30 years experience, I've worked in hospitals, clinics, guidance centers, courts, and on psychiatric emergency teams. I have advanced training in eating disorders&depression and have consulted to the community on issues of ADHD, obesity,alcoholism, grief,parenting, geriatric care and trained graduate students from area colleges in short/ long term psychotherapy. The foundation of my training is psychodynamic. Additional training in cognitive behavior, family systems, and coaching, has created an integrated approach to my treatment of individuals, couples,and families. Careful assessment determines which approach best suits each patient.
(617) 446-3125 View (617) 446-3125
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Joanie A Piken
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, ACSW, LICSW, DCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Individual & Couple:Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Coping skills, Aging, Parenting, Transitions, Separations, Grief, Relationship to self.
CALL Office ONLY: Adults & Seniors: Individual & Couple: The imprint of trauma is psychological, body and brain memory long after the events are over, one continues to respond as if danger were ever present. The therapy mission is to bring this understanding of trauma to Adult & Seniors, via integrated psychotherapy. Looking for answers to healing traumatic events. Healing is not just knowing what happened but transforming how Behavior, mind, & body still store trauma revealing itself via depression, anxiety, grief, despair, conflict ,lack of resolve, patterns of repetition, worn out "survival mode defenses" Mild and Moderate.
Individual & Couple:Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Coping skills, Aging, Parenting, Transitions, Separations, Grief, Relationship to self.
CALL Office ONLY: Adults & Seniors: Individual & Couple: The imprint of trauma is psychological, body and brain memory long after the events are over, one continues to respond as if danger were ever present. The therapy mission is to bring this understanding of trauma to Adult & Seniors, via integrated psychotherapy. Looking for answers to healing traumatic events. Healing is not just knowing what happened but transforming how Behavior, mind, & body still store trauma revealing itself via depression, anxiety, grief, despair, conflict ,lack of resolve, patterns of repetition, worn out "survival mode defenses" Mild and Moderate.
(508) 348-7840 View (508) 348-7840
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Irina Aguirre
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459
It is ultimately this relationship that gives clients the courage and strength to finally go out on their own.
I know how difficult it is to make that phone call and admit that you need help. Because of my personality, education and experience, I am able to make people feel comfortable to finally open up to someone and to let me help them. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is more important than any theoretical approach and it is this relationship that I focus on nurturing and it is this relationship that keeps clients coming back through the years, when they encounter hardships.
It is ultimately this relationship that gives clients the courage and strength to finally go out on their own.
I know how difficult it is to make that phone call and admit that you need help. Because of my personality, education and experience, I am able to make people feel comfortable to finally open up to someone and to let me help them. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is more important than any theoretical approach and it is this relationship that I focus on nurturing and it is this relationship that keeps clients coming back through the years, when they encounter hardships.
(617) 446-3203 View (617) 446-3203
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Israela Holtzman - Psychotherapy
Counselor, MEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Couples therapy - I work with couples who are interested in improving their relationships - communication problems, lack of physical and emotional intimacy and connection, infidelity, Trust issues, and conflicts-resolution.
I work with couples and individuals who are going through a difficult time, and/or looking to make a positive change in their life. My areas of expertise include: Couple Counseling, Relationships, Anxiety and Panic disorders, depression and mood disorders. I want to help you create the kind of life you want, your life can be changed! I individualize my intervention to your needs, using different psychological approaches.
Couples therapy - I work with couples who are interested in improving their relationships - communication problems, lack of physical and emotional intimacy and connection, infidelity, Trust issues, and conflicts-resolution.
I work with couples and individuals who are going through a difficult time, and/or looking to make a positive change in their life. My areas of expertise include: Couple Counseling, Relationships, Anxiety and Panic disorders, depression and mood disorders. I want to help you create the kind of life you want, your life can be changed! I individualize my intervention to your needs, using different psychological approaches.
(781) 304-8668 View (781) 304-8668
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Marianne Brandon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Couples today face many complicated and stressful challenges because of our quickly transforming culture.
*NOT CURRENTLY TAKING NEW CLIENTS* Welcome to my psychology practice. Intimate relationships are challenging for just about everyone. Keeping a passionate connection alive over time requires unique skills, persistence and determination. I work with individuals and couples who wish to deepen emotional or sexual intimacy, improve communication, strengthen their romantic bond, heal from affairs, and folks who feel addicted to pornography or other sexual outlets, as well as depression, irritability, anxiety, etc. Probably the best way to get a sense of me quickly is to read my Psychology Today blog, The Future of Intimacy.
Couples today face many complicated and stressful challenges because of our quickly transforming culture.
*NOT CURRENTLY TAKING NEW CLIENTS* Welcome to my psychology practice. Intimate relationships are challenging for just about everyone. Keeping a passionate connection alive over time requires unique skills, persistence and determination. I work with individuals and couples who wish to deepen emotional or sexual intimacy, improve communication, strengthen their romantic bond, heal from affairs, and folks who feel addicted to pornography or other sexual outlets, as well as depression, irritability, anxiety, etc. Probably the best way to get a sense of me quickly is to read my Psychology Today blog, The Future of Intimacy.
(410) 988-4254 View (410) 988-4254
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Jonathan Jurow
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Waitlist for new clients
I offer individual and couples' counseling, using evidence-based and trauma informed psychotherapy to help people feel better and function better.
I work with adults, groups, and couples, managing a range of personal and interpersonal challenges, from anxiety and depression, to addiction and major relationship dysfunction. If you are troubled by unsatisfying or unstable relationships with family members and/or partners, low self esteem, feeling stuck, concerns about your substance use, coping with transitions, spiritual or existential challenges, impulsive behavior, procrastination, or anxiety, you are welcome to contact me.
I offer individual and couples' counseling, using evidence-based and trauma informed psychotherapy to help people feel better and function better.
I work with adults, groups, and couples, managing a range of personal and interpersonal challenges, from anxiety and depression, to addiction and major relationship dysfunction. If you are troubled by unsatisfying or unstable relationships with family members and/or partners, low self esteem, feeling stuck, concerns about your substance use, coping with transitions, spiritual or existential challenges, impulsive behavior, procrastination, or anxiety, you are welcome to contact me.
(617) 329-5681 View (617) 329-5681
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Mark Joyce
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459
I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey.
As a licensed mental health clinician, my goal is to help guide you to a place of well-being and fulfillment. I have experience working with teenagers and adults of all ages in addressing struggles related to anxiety, depression, addiction, grief & loss, life transitions, and trauma. I am also interested in the role technology plays in one’s experience of mental health symptoms and have completed research on the impact of smartphone addiction in college age students.
I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey.
As a licensed mental health clinician, my goal is to help guide you to a place of well-being and fulfillment. I have experience working with teenagers and adults of all ages in addressing struggles related to anxiety, depression, addiction, grief & loss, life transitions, and trauma. I am also interested in the role technology plays in one’s experience of mental health symptoms and have completed research on the impact of smartphone addiction in college age students.
(617) 272-7416 View (617) 272-7416
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Pamela E. Brennecke
Counselor, LMHC, R-DMT, CMA
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
When you enter therapy there is a sense of possibility. Finding a good match with a therapist is essential. Work on relationship is at the heart of therapy: relationship to oneself, to the past, to others, and to ultimate concerns and values.
When you enter therapy there is a sense of possibility. Finding a good match with a therapist is essential. Work on relationship is at the heart of therapy: relationship to oneself, to the past, to others, and to ultimate concerns and values.
(351) 999-8163 View (351) 999-8163
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Rachel Kantor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459
In my private practice I help older adolescents, adults, and couples improve their mental health, communication, and relationships.
Accepting new patients - Sometimes you make impulsive decisions because of worry or self-esteem. It is hard to concentrate and this is holding you back. You want to work with a goal-oriented nonjudgmental professional who will guide you to a place where you feel confident and in control. Mental health is more than low self-esteem. It impacts all areas of your life including focus, sleep, relationships, athletic performance, and even chronic pain or health conditions.
In my private practice I help older adolescents, adults, and couples improve their mental health, communication, and relationships.
Accepting new patients - Sometimes you make impulsive decisions because of worry or self-esteem. It is hard to concentrate and this is holding you back. You want to work with a goal-oriented nonjudgmental professional who will guide you to a place where you feel confident and in control. Mental health is more than low self-esteem. It impacts all areas of your life including focus, sleep, relationships, athletic performance, and even chronic pain or health conditions.
(617) 812-6164 View (617) 812-6164

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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.