Marriage Counseling Therapists in Morristown, NJ

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Tamsen Thorpe
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Does it seem like anxiety rules your life? Are you and your partner constantly fighting? Have there been broken promises? Do you feel lonely, more like roommates than partners? If so, you’ve come to the right place. My two areas of expertise are anxiety counseling and couples therapy/marriage counseling. I have more than 20 years of experience helping hundreds of individuals and couples lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Currently I’m conducting sessions online via Zoom and in person.
Does it seem like anxiety rules your life? Are you and your partner constantly fighting? Have there been broken promises? Do you feel lonely, more like roommates than partners? If so, you’ve come to the right place. My two areas of expertise are anxiety counseling and couples therapy/marriage counseling. I have more than 20 years of experience helping hundreds of individuals and couples lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Currently I’m conducting sessions online via Zoom and in person.
(973) 317-8022 View (973) 317-8022
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Theresa Donnarumma
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdS, MEd, LMFT, Sch Psy
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960  (Online Only)
Hello and Welcome. Are you feeling overwhelmed, dealing with ADHD symptoms, anxiety, depression, guilt, inappropriate eating, an inability to focus. Let’s work together. I have guided individuals and families to better cope with family relationships, special education issues, ADHD, eating disorders, and other marital and parenting issues. I incorporate CBT and DBT techniques to assist in making more immediate behavioral changes; as we work through more challenging issues. My goal for clients is to assist them in gaining the wisdom and confidence to create change in their life.
Hello and Welcome. Are you feeling overwhelmed, dealing with ADHD symptoms, anxiety, depression, guilt, inappropriate eating, an inability to focus. Let’s work together. I have guided individuals and families to better cope with family relationships, special education issues, ADHD, eating disorders, and other marital and parenting issues. I incorporate CBT and DBT techniques to assist in making more immediate behavioral changes; as we work through more challenging issues. My goal for clients is to assist them in gaining the wisdom and confidence to create change in their life.
(973) 370-9009 View (973) 370-9009
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Tedisha Murray
Counselor, MA, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morristown, NJ 07960  (Online Only)
Dynamic and compassionate, with over 10yrs. of dynamic experiences in child/adolescent, couples/marriage therapy, and relationship. Every problem has a solution, and human lives can be changed and transformed with the right help that is tailored to their needs.
Dynamic and compassionate, with over 10yrs. of dynamic experiences in child/adolescent, couples/marriage therapy, and relationship. Every problem has a solution, and human lives can be changed and transformed with the right help that is tailored to their needs.
(973) 946-8914 View (973) 946-8914
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Beverly Zagofsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMHC, CST, AASECT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morristown, NJ 07960
My practice is devoted to Couples, Sex & Relational Therapy. All Couples experience difficulties during marriage or during long term relationships. Helping Couples work to resolve these conflicts, develop trust & reconnect is the most satisfying work that I do. We commonly address issues of trust, sexual issues, pornography, commitment, infidelity, communication, destructive patterns, stress, parenting, illness, trauma & passion. I work with couples to rekindle the spark, passion and desire that they once had and deepen a strong solid connection. Whatever you and your partners unique issues, my goal is to give you the hope and help to achieve the support & love that you both long for.
My practice is devoted to Couples, Sex & Relational Therapy. All Couples experience difficulties during marriage or during long term relationships. Helping Couples work to resolve these conflicts, develop trust & reconnect is the most satisfying work that I do. We commonly address issues of trust, sexual issues, pornography, commitment, infidelity, communication, destructive patterns, stress, parenting, illness, trauma & passion. I work with couples to rekindle the spark, passion and desire that they once had and deepen a strong solid connection. Whatever you and your partners unique issues, my goal is to give you the hope and help to achieve the support & love that you both long for.
(908) 955-0263 View (908) 955-0263
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Kathryn Davies
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
My training and years of experience help me to treat anxiety related issues, relationship problems, stress, depression, divorce, loss, chronic illness, women's issues, and marital problems.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience helping individuals and couples to resolve problems. I am practical, solution focused, understanding and bring skill and experience from a variety of training and various work experiences. I am skilled in providing therapy to people with depression, anxiety disorders, various women's issues including Postpartum Depression and anxiety, relationship issues, and stress management. I am confident in my work and my ability to help people. I provide an atmosphere that is relaxed and comfortable. Contact me and we can get started working to resolve your issues.
My training and years of experience help me to treat anxiety related issues, relationship problems, stress, depression, divorce, loss, chronic illness, women's issues, and marital problems.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience helping individuals and couples to resolve problems. I am practical, solution focused, understanding and bring skill and experience from a variety of training and various work experiences. I am skilled in providing therapy to people with depression, anxiety disorders, various women's issues including Postpartum Depression and anxiety, relationship issues, and stress management. I am confident in my work and my ability to help people. I provide an atmosphere that is relaxed and comfortable. Contact me and we can get started working to resolve your issues.
(973) 552-2626 View (973) 552-2626
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Emilie Rowan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in working with individuals, marital relationships and family problems.
Therapy is a special place to explore who you truly are and what makes you happy. If you are not feeling fulfilled, it is time to do something about that! Life is short and the capacity to look at how you deal with situations can require a special kind of honesty in order to make a real change. I would love the opportunity to work with you to help you make these important changes.
I have extensive experience in working with individuals, marital relationships and family problems.
Therapy is a special place to explore who you truly are and what makes you happy. If you are not feeling fulfilled, it is time to do something about that! Life is short and the capacity to look at how you deal with situations can require a special kind of honesty in order to make a real change. I would love the opportunity to work with you to help you make these important changes.
(973) 718-5365 View (973) 718-5365
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Advanced Learning Behavioral Center, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, BCBA, PhD, BBS
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Thank you for contacting us for your counseling needs, we are glad you have reached out for us to help you. Our focus is to better understand how we can help our clients heal from depression, anxiety, PTSD, developmental trauma, couples' relationships and marriage issues, self esteem, smoking cessation, executive skills and social skills deficiencies. Menashe East, LCSW is a therapist with us treating: sexual issues, couples, grief, spiritual, and family issues. We use evidence-based therapies for children, adults, and couples. Please visit our website for an appointment with one of our therapists at: www.advancedlearningddb.net
Thank you for contacting us for your counseling needs, we are glad you have reached out for us to help you. Our focus is to better understand how we can help our clients heal from depression, anxiety, PTSD, developmental trauma, couples' relationships and marriage issues, self esteem, smoking cessation, executive skills and social skills deficiencies. Menashe East, LCSW is a therapist with us treating: sexual issues, couples, grief, spiritual, and family issues. We use evidence-based therapies for children, adults, and couples. Please visit our website for an appointment with one of our therapists at: www.advancedlearningddb.net
(862) 260-8700 View (862) 260-8700
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Joe Willis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LAMFT
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have a passion for working with your relationship within yourself and with others.
Common feelings like "I don’t feel heard” or “I can’t seem to do anything right” are expressed by the couples I work with. Individual clients feel overwhelmed and stressed, “My life is changing dramatically and I’m not sure what to do next.”
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have a passion for working with your relationship within yourself and with others.
Common feelings like "I don’t feel heard” or “I can’t seem to do anything right” are expressed by the couples I work with. Individual clients feel overwhelmed and stressed, “My life is changing dramatically and I’m not sure what to do next.”
(862) 626-2685 View (862) 626-2685
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Geraldine Kerr
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
I am an experienced, compassionate, licensed marriage and family therapist in the community who has effectively supported and treated many individuals, couples, and families through major and minor life transitions over the years. Grief , trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, betrayal, divorce, parenting, work and life- stressors have a way of affecting us all, individually and relationally. These issues are often resolved by talking them through with a skilled and trusted, caring, professional other. Whatever issues are standing in your way, I am here to help you as together we work toward a solution that is right for you.
I am an experienced, compassionate, licensed marriage and family therapist in the community who has effectively supported and treated many individuals, couples, and families through major and minor life transitions over the years. Grief , trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, betrayal, divorce, parenting, work and life- stressors have a way of affecting us all, individually and relationally. These issues are often resolved by talking them through with a skilled and trusted, caring, professional other. Whatever issues are standing in your way, I am here to help you as together we work toward a solution that is right for you.
(973) 829-6803 View (973) 829-6803
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Michael D Zito
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Michael D. Zito, Ph.D. is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist #3599 and owner of Morristown Clinical and Sport Psychology with offices in Morristown and Watchung. In his clinical practice, he provides individual, marital, family and group therapy and assessments to children, adolescents and adults. In his work with children and adolescents, he utilizes a comprehensive approach by also providing parenting strategies to support his therapy work. Dr. Zito's therapeutic intervention reflects an eclectic and strategic (research supported) blend of cognitive behavioral, family systems, positive psychology and psychodynamic perspectives along with an understanding of biological contributions.
Michael D. Zito, Ph.D. is a New Jersey Licensed Psychologist #3599 and owner of Morristown Clinical and Sport Psychology with offices in Morristown and Watchung. In his clinical practice, he provides individual, marital, family and group therapy and assessments to children, adolescents and adults. In his work with children and adolescents, he utilizes a comprehensive approach by also providing parenting strategies to support his therapy work. Dr. Zito's therapeutic intervention reflects an eclectic and strategic (research supported) blend of cognitive behavioral, family systems, positive psychology and psychodynamic perspectives along with an understanding of biological contributions.
(973) 539-5600 View (973) 539-5600
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Karin Elizabeth Lehr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Anxiety, ADHD, stress management, OCD, depression, family and marital concerns, self esteem and academic issues, are my areas of expertise.
Life, work, relationships and family issues can create challenges that sometimes feel overwhelming. I can help! My approach is to offer empathy, insight and new strategies, in a warm, supportive setting. The clinical practices I use are grounded in Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to help you cultivate strengths, improve functioning, enhance satisfaction in your relationships and increase your overall sense of happiness and well being. I teach strategies that make things more manageable and help you feel like you're in charge of your life again!
Anxiety, ADHD, stress management, OCD, depression, family and marital concerns, self esteem and academic issues, are my areas of expertise.
Life, work, relationships and family issues can create challenges that sometimes feel overwhelming. I can help! My approach is to offer empathy, insight and new strategies, in a warm, supportive setting. The clinical practices I use are grounded in Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to help you cultivate strengths, improve functioning, enhance satisfaction in your relationships and increase your overall sense of happiness and well being. I teach strategies that make things more manageable and help you feel like you're in charge of your life again!
(862) 701-4603 View (862) 701-4603
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Sandra R Yarock
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960  (Online Only)
starting/ending college/careers, transgender/sexuality, marriage/divorce, grief/loss, chronic pain/illness, eating issues).
I believe that my work for 35+ years with so many different people has helped me to continuously evolve into a more fluid and compassionate healer. I use my mind, heart, intuition and experience to help decrease the emotional distress in those seeking my help. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or emotional overwhelm, I will do my best to help you to grow into the best version of yourself. I continue to learn the most effective ways to help those w grief , trauma, gender dysphoria, etc. I work closely with people to create a therapeutic environment that fosters growth, safety, patience and mutual trust.
starting/ending college/careers, transgender/sexuality, marriage/divorce, grief/loss, chronic pain/illness, eating issues).
I believe that my work for 35+ years with so many different people has helped me to continuously evolve into a more fluid and compassionate healer. I use my mind, heart, intuition and experience to help decrease the emotional distress in those seeking my help. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or emotional overwhelm, I will do my best to help you to grow into the best version of yourself. I continue to learn the most effective ways to help those w grief , trauma, gender dysphoria, etc. I work closely with people to create a therapeutic environment that fosters growth, safety, patience and mutual trust.
(609) 778-4728 View (609) 778-4728
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Wendi L Dumbroff
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
The decision to go to therapy is not an easy one, but it is a courageous step for someone who is having difficulty in some area of their life or in their relationships. I am a caring, culturally competent therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families around many issues, including: marital problems, sexual issues, raising adolescents, depression, anxiety, and how all mental health issues impact our lives and relationships. I have specialized training in couple and family therapy which I obtained through the Ackerman Institute for the Family In New York City. I am also currently pursuing certification in sex therapy.
The decision to go to therapy is not an easy one, but it is a courageous step for someone who is having difficulty in some area of their life or in their relationships. I am a caring, culturally competent therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families around many issues, including: marital problems, sexual issues, raising adolescents, depression, anxiety, and how all mental health issues impact our lives and relationships. I have specialized training in couple and family therapy which I obtained through the Ackerman Institute for the Family In New York City. I am also currently pursuing certification in sex therapy.
(973) 425-5071 View (973) 425-5071
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Janet DiGiorgio-Miller
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07962
I provide a wholistic approach to therapy. I am trained in cognitive therapy with a mindful perspective. This involves attention to the mind and body. This approach is especially helpful in the treatment of anxiety. I have a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling and a specialty in forensic psychology. I conduct custody/best interest evaluations, provide expert testimony and offer therapy to those individuals impacted relationship or family issues. I have been providing therapy for over 30 years. I speak nationally on mindfulness and family discord. I wrote a self-help relationship book for young adults.
I provide a wholistic approach to therapy. I am trained in cognitive therapy with a mindful perspective. This involves attention to the mind and body. This approach is especially helpful in the treatment of anxiety. I have a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling and a specialty in forensic psychology. I conduct custody/best interest evaluations, provide expert testimony and offer therapy to those individuals impacted relationship or family issues. I have been providing therapy for over 30 years. I speak nationally on mindfulness and family discord. I wrote a self-help relationship book for young adults.
(908) 617-0025 View (908) 617-0025
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Donna P O'Connor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, LLC
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Life is difficult and we are not supposed to know how to handle all that comes our way. Psychotherapy is one way to address life's difficulties. My work is with individuals, couples and families which includes a specialization in communication, relationship issues, shame, vulnerability, self-esteem issues, anxiety/depression, addiction and any barrier to fulfilling one's full potential. Families are systems that can heal, and change is always possible. I am a certified ARISE@ Substance and Mental Health Interventionist. I bring the experience of 33 years of marriage as well as raising five adult children to my practice.
Life is difficult and we are not supposed to know how to handle all that comes our way. Psychotherapy is one way to address life's difficulties. My work is with individuals, couples and families which includes a specialization in communication, relationship issues, shame, vulnerability, self-esteem issues, anxiety/depression, addiction and any barrier to fulfilling one's full potential. Families are systems that can heal, and change is always possible. I am a certified ARISE@ Substance and Mental Health Interventionist. I bring the experience of 33 years of marriage as well as raising five adult children to my practice.
(973) 440-2358 View (973) 440-2358
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Stephen Deats
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
It has been my privilege helping people rapidly heal from trauma both past and present incorporating God's guidance with proven psychological techniques-i.e., EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Imago Therapy. I like it when I hear someone say that they can never get over some hurt in their life and then be able, with God's help, to get them past it to a place of peace with what happen. In addition I work with ADHD ( adult & adolescent ), addictions, ACOA, couple counseling, marital problems, divorce recovery , anxiety, Depression, unresolved grief issues, interventions, PTSD, DID, panic attacks....
It has been my privilege helping people rapidly heal from trauma both past and present incorporating God's guidance with proven psychological techniques-i.e., EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Imago Therapy. I like it when I hear someone say that they can never get over some hurt in their life and then be able, with God's help, to get them past it to a place of peace with what happen. In addition I work with ADHD ( adult & adolescent ), addictions, ACOA, couple counseling, marital problems, divorce recovery , anxiety, Depression, unresolved grief issues, interventions, PTSD, DID, panic attacks....
(908) 669-1001 View (908) 669-1001
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Stuart M Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07961
My name is Stuart Cohen, for the past 30+ years I’ve worked to be a skillful, effective and compassionate therapist for children, adolescents and adults. I’ve participated in advanced training and use a variety of evidence based techniques to help clients. These methods include: Family Therapy, Beck Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, David Burns TEAM Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gottman Marital Therapy, Gottman Emotion Coaching, CAMS suicide assessment, Michenbaum’s trauma informed CBT. I’ve also completed the Rutgers Advanced Certificate in Social Work for People With Developmental Disabilities.
My name is Stuart Cohen, for the past 30+ years I’ve worked to be a skillful, effective and compassionate therapist for children, adolescents and adults. I’ve participated in advanced training and use a variety of evidence based techniques to help clients. These methods include: Family Therapy, Beck Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, David Burns TEAM Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gottman Marital Therapy, Gottman Emotion Coaching, CAMS suicide assessment, Michenbaum’s trauma informed CBT. I’ve also completed the Rutgers Advanced Certificate in Social Work for People With Developmental Disabilities.
(973) 668-4692 View (973) 668-4692
Linda Slatnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
As a dually licensed LCSW & Marriage & Family Therapist,certified in substance abuse, I accept United, Aetna, CIGNA, Magellan, Blue Cross/Shield, Value, HealthNet, PHCS, and many other insurance plans. With years of experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to help my clients achieve their goals and reduce their problems as quickly and thoroughly as possible in a caring, professional manner.
As a dually licensed LCSW & Marriage & Family Therapist,certified in substance abuse, I accept United, Aetna, CIGNA, Magellan, Blue Cross/Shield, Value, HealthNet, PHCS, and many other insurance plans. With years of experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to help my clients achieve their goals and reduce their problems as quickly and thoroughly as possible in a caring, professional manner.
(908) 605-6845 View (908) 605-6845
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Mars & Venus Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DCSW, CPC
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
In Manhattan, NY and Parsippany, Denville, Teaneck, Oradell, Ridgewood, Ramsey, Paramus, NJ - Full-service counseling - Adult counseling - Couples counseling - Relationship counseling - Premarital counseling - Marriage counseling - Family counseling - Child counseling - Teen counseling - ADHD - Addiction counseling - Grief & bereavement counseling - Pet loss therapy - Stress and anxiety - Depression - Low self-esteem - Perfectionism - Worry - Indecision - Procrastination - Phobias - Assertiveness issues - Panic - Life Coaching / Daytime, evenings, and weekends available / Spanish-speaking counselors / Most insurances welcomed.
In Manhattan, NY and Parsippany, Denville, Teaneck, Oradell, Ridgewood, Ramsey, Paramus, NJ - Full-service counseling - Adult counseling - Couples counseling - Relationship counseling - Premarital counseling - Marriage counseling - Family counseling - Child counseling - Teen counseling - ADHD - Addiction counseling - Grief & bereavement counseling - Pet loss therapy - Stress and anxiety - Depression - Low self-esteem - Perfectionism - Worry - Indecision - Procrastination - Phobias - Assertiveness issues - Panic - Life Coaching / Daytime, evenings, and weekends available / Spanish-speaking counselors / Most insurances welcomed.
(973) 718-9734 View (973) 718-9734
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Dana Kaspereen
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morristown, NJ 07960
I provide a supportive, warm, and empathetic atmosphere in order to help each person find peace, happiness, and comfort in their lives and relationships. I provide services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and offer individual therapy, marriage and couples counseling, family systems therapy, substance abuse and addiction counseling and assessments.
I provide a supportive, warm, and empathetic atmosphere in order to help each person find peace, happiness, and comfort in their lives and relationships. I provide services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and offer individual therapy, marriage and couples counseling, family systems therapy, substance abuse and addiction counseling and assessments.
(973) 310-2155 View (973) 310-2155
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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.