Couples Counseling Therapists in High Point, NC

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Photo of Charles E Hubert Jr., Clinical Social Work/Therapist in High Point, NC
Charles E Hubert Jr.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
My services include working with individual, couples, family and group counseling with adults, adolescents and children. My training is in the areas of anxiety and depressive disorders, relationship issues, trauma issues, and developmental transitions. I use a therapeutic approach that reflects eclectic influences derived from my training in the psychodynamic, person-centered, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral. I view problems as generally being developmental in nature, and approach each person, couple, family or group in a unique fashion.
My services include working with individual, couples, family and group counseling with adults, adolescents and children. My training is in the areas of anxiety and depressive disorders, relationship issues, trauma issues, and developmental transitions. I use a therapeutic approach that reflects eclectic influences derived from my training in the psychodynamic, person-centered, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral. I view problems as generally being developmental in nature, and approach each person, couple, family or group in a unique fashion.
(336) 360-3896 View (336) 360-3896
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Erin L Joyner
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265  (Online Only)
My name is Erin Joyner, and I am a Master’s Intern Therapist at Breaking Cycles Counseling. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, life changes, and grief. I also specialize in helping clients living with chronic pain, illness, and disability. I can happily provide for a broad spectrum of needs for individual adults, seniors, teens, couples, and families, via telehealth. I always aim to help people by tailoring my approach to your individual needs. I have a nonjudgmental perspective on everyone and have yet to meet anyone from whom I can’t learn something, too!
My name is Erin Joyner, and I am a Master’s Intern Therapist at Breaking Cycles Counseling. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, life changes, and grief. I also specialize in helping clients living with chronic pain, illness, and disability. I can happily provide for a broad spectrum of needs for individual adults, seniors, teens, couples, and families, via telehealth. I always aim to help people by tailoring my approach to your individual needs. I have a nonjudgmental perspective on everyone and have yet to meet anyone from whom I can’t learn something, too!
(336) 715-0047 x102 View (336) 715-0047 x102
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Lorinda H Umphlett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Therapy is not a sign that you have failed to figure it all out nor is it an indication that your marriage or relationship is over. Rather, it is the beginning of a process of getting unstuck and getting healthy. We regularly get our car serviced even though it’s not broken. We need to take care of ourselves and our relationships as well. Getting to a healthier place is a lot easier to navigate with someone who is outside of your situation.
Therapy is not a sign that you have failed to figure it all out nor is it an indication that your marriage or relationship is over. Rather, it is the beginning of a process of getting unstuck and getting healthy. We regularly get our car serviced even though it’s not broken. We need to take care of ourselves and our relationships as well. Getting to a healthier place is a lot easier to navigate with someone who is outside of your situation.
(336) 739-5136 View (336) 739-5136
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Moutia Yussif
Counselor, LCMHCA, LCAS, CRC
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
Areas of treatment will surround personal, behavioral, emotional, relationship, and family difficulties, as well as working with clients with histories of addiction and trauma.
Thank you for taking this first step toward self-improvement. Therapy with me is about rediscovering your inner strength, building resilience, and finding hope. Together, we’ll navigate life’s challenges, explore your unique strengths, and work towards a brighter tomorrow. As a therapist, I have worked with individuals and families who face various mental health experiences, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, (PTSD), as well those who are experiencing life transitions or feelings of stagnation.
Areas of treatment will surround personal, behavioral, emotional, relationship, and family difficulties, as well as working with clients with histories of addiction and trauma.
Thank you for taking this first step toward self-improvement. Therapy with me is about rediscovering your inner strength, building resilience, and finding hope. Together, we’ll navigate life’s challenges, explore your unique strengths, and work towards a brighter tomorrow. As a therapist, I have worked with individuals and families who face various mental health experiences, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, (PTSD), as well those who are experiencing life transitions or feelings of stagnation.
(336) 361-2684 View (336) 361-2684
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Challenge 2 Change Transition Services
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Over 15 years of working experience with all populations (children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families) in individual and group settings to help them overcome life adversities and obstacles. My specialty includes Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Anger Management, Stress, Trauma focused, Family conflicts, Mood disorders, Life challenges, Self-esteem.
Over 15 years of working experience with all populations (children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families) in individual and group settings to help them overcome life adversities and obstacles. My specialty includes Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Anger Management, Stress, Trauma focused, Family conflicts, Mood disorders, Life challenges, Self-esteem.
(336) 777-7971 View (336) 777-7971
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Marissa Long
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Hey there. You may be feeling unsatisfied in your personal relationships due to: having trouble when navigating tough conversations, feeling like you are not getting the support you supply to others, a lack of trust in yourself or your partner, or allowing self sabotage tactics to hinder individual and relational growth. Dealing with relationships can be stressful, sometimes even damaging when the relationship is unhealthy, especially with those we love. Navigating life experiences can be challenging when faced alone and having an uplifting support in your journey to grow may be just what you need.
Hey there. You may be feeling unsatisfied in your personal relationships due to: having trouble when navigating tough conversations, feeling like you are not getting the support you supply to others, a lack of trust in yourself or your partner, or allowing self sabotage tactics to hinder individual and relational growth. Dealing with relationships can be stressful, sometimes even damaging when the relationship is unhealthy, especially with those we love. Navigating life experiences can be challenging when faced alone and having an uplifting support in your journey to grow may be just what you need.
(336) 396-9772 View (336) 396-9772
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Debi Pruitt
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, MA, MEd, ICST
Verified
2 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27262  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you an educator with school-related anxiety and stress? Struggling with adjustment, dealing w/past trauma, drowning in depression or anxiety? I specialize in mental health support for teachers and school staff. Therapy is about healing trauma, finding clarity, understanding the "why", and strengthening relationship. As a retired teacher and former school-based therapist, I have the expertise to support you in your journey toward positive change, so you can feel in control, empowered, and at peace. I know how stressful being an educator can be in these times. I taught for many years, so I've been there, and I understand!
Are you an educator with school-related anxiety and stress? Struggling with adjustment, dealing w/past trauma, drowning in depression or anxiety? I specialize in mental health support for teachers and school staff. Therapy is about healing trauma, finding clarity, understanding the "why", and strengthening relationship. As a retired teacher and former school-based therapist, I have the expertise to support you in your journey toward positive change, so you can feel in control, empowered, and at peace. I know how stressful being an educator can be in these times. I taught for many years, so I've been there, and I understand!
(336) 542-3349 View (336) 542-3349
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Brandon J. Russell
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, NCC, MDiv
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
I specialize in providing treatment for anxiety and couples.
If you feel stuck in a difficult season of life, I look to help you find a way forward. If you are stuck because of stress from the past or something happening currently, I will work alongside you to find some relief from your symptoms, and then increase your understanding and self-awareness. Our past has a way of influencing how we live in the present. I hope to help you discover the root of what is going on, so you can learn to move forward in your life with new skills and confidence.
I specialize in providing treatment for anxiety and couples.
If you feel stuck in a difficult season of life, I look to help you find a way forward. If you are stuck because of stress from the past or something happening currently, I will work alongside you to find some relief from your symptoms, and then increase your understanding and self-awareness. Our past has a way of influencing how we live in the present. I hope to help you discover the root of what is going on, so you can learn to move forward in your life with new skills and confidence.
(252) 590-0694 View (252) 590-0694
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Valarie Anne Snell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
I am not currently taking new clients, but there are therapists in my office who are. Please call! At my office, I hope to make sure all feel welcome. I want my clients to know that I hear you and I see you; your pain matters. Brutality at the hands of others is hard to process, but I hope we can go on that journey together. I specialize in trauma recovery, but also treat a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and more severe disorders. I work with my client to find what therapy methods work best for her/him/them, as we are all different individuals with different needs.
I am not currently taking new clients, but there are therapists in my office who are. Please call! At my office, I hope to make sure all feel welcome. I want my clients to know that I hear you and I see you; your pain matters. Brutality at the hands of others is hard to process, but I hope we can go on that journey together. I specialize in trauma recovery, but also treat a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and more severe disorders. I work with my client to find what therapy methods work best for her/him/them, as we are all different individuals with different needs.
(336) 754-2119 x228 View (336) 754-2119 x228
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Dr. Chioma Ihuoma Igboegwu
Provisionally Licensed Psychologist, PhD
Verified
High Point, NC 27262
I use a 3-Dimensional Psychological Intervention Strategy (3-DPIS) approach to build empathy and therapeutic alliance with Clients, as adolescents, adults or elderly, for empowerment and transformation, as individuals, couples and families for sustainable mental health, psychological well being and recovery from addiction.
Dr. Chioma I. Igboegwu, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist in Texas State and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-A in North Carolina. Dr. Igboegwu specializes in assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, perinatal and postpartum mood disorder, anxiety and substance use/mental health disorders; provides case management/treatment planning, evaluation, monitoring; supports clients' goals, wishes; respects their beliefs, values, experiences; provides safe conditions for healing, restoration of mental health and general well being.
I use a 3-Dimensional Psychological Intervention Strategy (3-DPIS) approach to build empathy and therapeutic alliance with Clients, as adolescents, adults or elderly, for empowerment and transformation, as individuals, couples and families for sustainable mental health, psychological well being and recovery from addiction.
Dr. Chioma I. Igboegwu, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist in Texas State and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-A in North Carolina. Dr. Igboegwu specializes in assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, perinatal and postpartum mood disorder, anxiety and substance use/mental health disorders; provides case management/treatment planning, evaluation, monitoring; supports clients' goals, wishes; respects their beliefs, values, experiences; provides safe conditions for healing, restoration of mental health and general well being.
(336) 649-4586 View (336) 649-4586
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Greenway Counseling & Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS, LCMHC, LCMHCA, LCASA, LCSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
[Good news! Day, evening & Saturday openings are now available] As a group practice, we have a particular interest in helping our adult clients address traumas that may have occurred across their lifespan. Trauma can come in all shapes & sizes - we believe that trauma can be at the center of many concerns like anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, performance issues, & addiction, to name a few. We also love working with little ones, teens, and their families! Fears & worries, behavior problems, family & life changes, school & relationship struggles - these are just a few reasons why we see younger people & families.
[Good news! Day, evening & Saturday openings are now available] As a group practice, we have a particular interest in helping our adult clients address traumas that may have occurred across their lifespan. Trauma can come in all shapes & sizes - we believe that trauma can be at the center of many concerns like anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, performance issues, & addiction, to name a few. We also love working with little ones, teens, and their families! Fears & worries, behavior problems, family & life changes, school & relationship struggles - these are just a few reasons why we see younger people & families.
(336) 496-2361 View (336) 496-2361
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Dr. Cathy E Pickett
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LCMHC, LCAS, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
I work with individuals, family, couples and adolescents.
I have experience in integrating spiritual awareness along with my counseling to help my clients work on and learn to cope and work through their issues. I am committed to providing quality mental health care through a holistic approach to people in need. I believe that all people deserve the opportunity to lead healthy, happy and productive lives.
I work with individuals, family, couples and adolescents.
I have experience in integrating spiritual awareness along with my counseling to help my clients work on and learn to cope and work through their issues. I am committed to providing quality mental health care through a holistic approach to people in need. I believe that all people deserve the opportunity to lead healthy, happy and productive lives.
(336) 895-1529 View (336) 895-1529
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Higher Level Life Coaching & Soul Care, LLC
Pastoral Counselor, MA, BCPC, CACLC, NCCPSS
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27262  (Online Only)
I provide a judgment free zone, serving women over 21 and couples.
Immediate virtual evening sessions. We're living in such uncertain times. You may have already been living with financial stress, health issues, or perhaps relationship complications. On top of those, there’s an unpredictable virus that’s been holding us all hostage, as well as political and social unrest. That’s a lot for any one person to try to unpack alone. If you want to talk about how these things are impacting your life, or the other stresses you were already facing, reach out to me at your convenience. Serving clients in NC and VA.
I provide a judgment free zone, serving women over 21 and couples.
Immediate virtual evening sessions. We're living in such uncertain times. You may have already been living with financial stress, health issues, or perhaps relationship complications. On top of those, there’s an unpredictable virus that’s been holding us all hostage, as well as political and social unrest. That’s a lot for any one person to try to unpack alone. If you want to talk about how these things are impacting your life, or the other stresses you were already facing, reach out to me at your convenience. Serving clients in NC and VA.
(336) 804-8470 View (336) 804-8470
Cynthia Palmer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Marriage and Family Therapy is unique in that it works simultaneously on different relationship levels to address each as the dynamic system they are.
I see people as young as 3 years old and throughout their journey through life. I work with life's challenges including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, marital stress, grief/ loss, eating disorders, addictions, blending of stepfamilies, separations and divorces, ADHD, and transitions in life. I do cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and experiential therapy, all with a systemic perspective. In addition, I am a level 2 trained professional in EMDR. Peace is found within, and I would be honored to be here to help you through these difficult times to your place of comfort again.
Marriage and Family Therapy is unique in that it works simultaneously on different relationship levels to address each as the dynamic system they are.
I see people as young as 3 years old and throughout their journey through life. I work with life's challenges including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, marital stress, grief/ loss, eating disorders, addictions, blending of stepfamilies, separations and divorces, ADHD, and transitions in life. I do cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and experiential therapy, all with a systemic perspective. In addition, I am a level 2 trained professional in EMDR. Peace is found within, and I would be honored to be here to help you through these difficult times to your place of comfort again.
(336) 827-9430 View (336) 827-9430
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Brandi Hedges-Hubert
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC, QS
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
My services include working with individual, couples, family counseling with adults, and adolescents. I am LGBTQ+ affirming. My training is in the areas of anxiety and depressive disorders, relationship issues, trauma issues, women’s issues (infertility and postpartum), and developmental transitions. I use a therapeutic approach that reflects eclectic influences derived from my training in cognitive-behavioral, EMDR, person-centered, and family systems. I view problems as generally being developmental in nature, and approach each person, couple, or family in a unique fashion.
My services include working with individual, couples, family counseling with adults, and adolescents. I am LGBTQ+ affirming. My training is in the areas of anxiety and depressive disorders, relationship issues, trauma issues, women’s issues (infertility and postpartum), and developmental transitions. I use a therapeutic approach that reflects eclectic influences derived from my training in cognitive-behavioral, EMDR, person-centered, and family systems. I view problems as generally being developmental in nature, and approach each person, couple, or family in a unique fashion.
(336) 515-6097 View (336) 515-6097
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Laura Lohr Moncaleano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Waitlist for new clients
I also have experience working with couples facing relational and intimacy challenges.
I believe that the therapy process requires a great deal of patience, commitment, and hard work between the therapist and client. My approach is direct, honest, and straightforward. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, and judgment free space for clients to unload and discuss their most intimate life concerns. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with clients presenting with various problems including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
I also have experience working with couples facing relational and intimacy challenges.
I believe that the therapy process requires a great deal of patience, commitment, and hard work between the therapist and client. My approach is direct, honest, and straightforward. I strive to create a safe, comfortable, and judgment free space for clients to unload and discuss their most intimate life concerns. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with clients presenting with various problems including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
(336) 864-9625 View (336) 864-9625
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Judiann Tobin
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MA, MEd, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
High Point, NC 27265
Are you feeling overwhelmed? I am here to help. I am glad you are here today. I hope we can work together to reach your goals and dreams while working through any roadblocks. As your counselor, my focus is to help you to move forward. I have experience with individuals encountering stressors and many of life’s transitions. My experience has been working with clients with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and assisting individuals to reach their full potential. Together we will focus on your goals, identifying any barriers, and sustaining your progress. Sessions will involve a wellness approach that is a fit for you.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? I am here to help. I am glad you are here today. I hope we can work together to reach your goals and dreams while working through any roadblocks. As your counselor, my focus is to help you to move forward. I have experience with individuals encountering stressors and many of life’s transitions. My experience has been working with clients with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and assisting individuals to reach their full potential. Together we will focus on your goals, identifying any barriers, and sustaining your progress. Sessions will involve a wellness approach that is a fit for you.
(336) 920-3941 View (336) 920-3941
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Brenda Cisco
Counselor, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
High Point, NC 27265  (Online Only)
I am an Air Force Veteran (Mx), Military Spouse, and Mother:).
Hello, and congratulations on taking the first step to begin therapy! I strive to meet clients where they are psychologically, emotionally, and relationally while helping them develop goals for achieving their desired levels of overall well-being. It is my goal to foster a safe and collaborative space where we can build trust and explore various parts of that story together. I value mutual respect, communication, fluidity, and acceptance, and that is what I aim to bring to the therapeutic space.
I am an Air Force Veteran (Mx), Military Spouse, and Mother:).
Hello, and congratulations on taking the first step to begin therapy! I strive to meet clients where they are psychologically, emotionally, and relationally while helping them develop goals for achieving their desired levels of overall well-being. It is my goal to foster a safe and collaborative space where we can build trust and explore various parts of that story together. I value mutual respect, communication, fluidity, and acceptance, and that is what I aim to bring to the therapeutic space.
(984) 266-3261 View (984) 266-3261
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Beyond Listening PLLC
Counselor, LCMHA
Verified
High Point, NC 27265  (Online Only)
I welcome individuals, couples, teens, families, and groups.
Navigating life’s ever changing course can be daunting at times. Your thoughts and concerns truly matter. Having support to help guide you through, puts you at an advantage to better handle what challenges you might be facing. As a therapist, I can assist you with anxiety, depression, transitioning, emotional challenges, relationship/marital challenges and refreshers, adolescent concerns, parenting & family dynamics, identity discovery and so much more. I do so by fostering authenticity, a positive, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. You will have my undivided attention in order to provide you with the best opportunity to process.
I welcome individuals, couples, teens, families, and groups.
Navigating life’s ever changing course can be daunting at times. Your thoughts and concerns truly matter. Having support to help guide you through, puts you at an advantage to better handle what challenges you might be facing. As a therapist, I can assist you with anxiety, depression, transitioning, emotional challenges, relationship/marital challenges and refreshers, adolescent concerns, parenting & family dynamics, identity discovery and so much more. I do so by fostering authenticity, a positive, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. You will have my undivided attention in order to provide you with the best opportunity to process.
(336) 901-3912 View (336) 901-3912
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Kenan Dawson Durham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Point, NC 27265
Who you are and what your experiences are inform us as we partner together in what you are facing.
I graduated from UNC-Greensboro with my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2015, simultaneously studying the development of children’s knowledge and understanding as a part of a graduate level research program. I then went on to graduate with my Masters in Social Work at the Joint Master of Social Work program at North Carolina A &T State University and UNC-Greensboro in 2021. Throughout the years of my career and educational background I have been honored to work with school age children, young adults, and parents from various backgrounds as a teacher assistant, clinician, and social worker.
Who you are and what your experiences are inform us as we partner together in what you are facing.
I graduated from UNC-Greensboro with my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2015, simultaneously studying the development of children’s knowledge and understanding as a part of a graduate level research program. I then went on to graduate with my Masters in Social Work at the Joint Master of Social Work program at North Carolina A &T State University and UNC-Greensboro in 2021. Throughout the years of my career and educational background I have been honored to work with school age children, young adults, and parents from various backgrounds as a teacher assistant, clinician, and social worker.
(336) 606-3611 View (336) 606-3611

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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.