Couples Counseling Therapists in North Carolina

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Kim Cove
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Greenville, NC 27858
I work with couples in their shared adventure; adolescents beginning their adventure, and with individuals who find the adventure is taking it's toll.
I am a compassionate therapist concerned with empowering you to embrace your strengths and manage your woundedness. Personal growth and developing authenticity, whether personally or in relationship, are ways I help you to become the best "you" you can be. I use an eclectic diversity of counseling theories, tailoring to your needs and strengths. Life is a heroic journey. You are the hero of your story. I can help you begin to heal the woundedness of your past and embrace the adventures in your future.
I work with couples in their shared adventure; adolescents beginning their adventure, and with individuals who find the adventure is taking it's toll.
I am a compassionate therapist concerned with empowering you to embrace your strengths and manage your woundedness. Personal growth and developing authenticity, whether personally or in relationship, are ways I help you to become the best "you" you can be. I use an eclectic diversity of counseling theories, tailoring to your needs and strengths. Life is a heroic journey. You are the hero of your story. I can help you begin to heal the woundedness of your past and embrace the adventures in your future.
(704) 490-4543 View (704) 490-4543
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Adrian Fabrikant
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPMHC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
I have worked and trained in a variety of settings both in the public and private sectors dealing with children, family counseling, couples and adults.
My focus is to assist children, adolescents, families, and adults to build positive self image through enhancing self esteem, improving social skills, and reducing family and peer conflicts. I work closely with parents to strengthen their limit setting, clear expectations, and conflict resolution abilities through improved communication skills. Setting limits and boundaries in all relationships and dynamics is a tool that I often use in my therapeutic process. Giving children, parents, couples and individuals tools to maneuver through the daily issues are tools and techniques that I focus on in our sessions.
I have worked and trained in a variety of settings both in the public and private sectors dealing with children, family counseling, couples and adults.
My focus is to assist children, adolescents, families, and adults to build positive self image through enhancing self esteem, improving social skills, and reducing family and peer conflicts. I work closely with parents to strengthen their limit setting, clear expectations, and conflict resolution abilities through improved communication skills. Setting limits and boundaries in all relationships and dynamics is a tool that I often use in my therapeutic process. Giving children, parents, couples and individuals tools to maneuver through the daily issues are tools and techniques that I focus on in our sessions.
(704) 666-4479 View (704) 666-4479
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Daija K Edwards
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BS, MS, LMFTA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
As a therapist, I believe that you already possess the tools needed to live a life of fulfillment, balance, and desired outcomes. However, sometimes due to a variety of reasons, we can become disempowered, afraid, or confused on how to utilize those tools in their entirety. Being able to recognize that those negative feelings are present is a great first step to tackling any issues you may face. I encourage clients to reach inside and rediscover those mental and emotional tools while also aiding them in discovering new tools that can help to improve their relationship with themselves and others.
As a therapist, I believe that you already possess the tools needed to live a life of fulfillment, balance, and desired outcomes. However, sometimes due to a variety of reasons, we can become disempowered, afraid, or confused on how to utilize those tools in their entirety. Being able to recognize that those negative feelings are present is a great first step to tackling any issues you may face. I encourage clients to reach inside and rediscover those mental and emotional tools while also aiding them in discovering new tools that can help to improve their relationship with themselves and others.
(252) 302-4432 x1 View (252) 302-4432 x1
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Gina Roberts
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, PhD, LCMHC, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
My integrative therapy and coaching with individuals & couples is soul and body-centered.
Whether hope or discouragement bring you to this site, it is my privilege to offer you a sanctuary of solace, deep listening, and confidential guidance. Maybe you feel stuck or directionless? Are you needing support and guidance through a life transition, grief, illness, a troubled relationship, spiritual crisis or broken dreams? Whatever your concerns -- past or present, large or small, clear or vaguely defined, personal or interpersonal -- our experience together is designed to help you discover the inherent possibility, healing & change available to you as you embrace life more fully from the wisdom of who you truly are.
My integrative therapy and coaching with individuals & couples is soul and body-centered.
Whether hope or discouragement bring you to this site, it is my privilege to offer you a sanctuary of solace, deep listening, and confidential guidance. Maybe you feel stuck or directionless? Are you needing support and guidance through a life transition, grief, illness, a troubled relationship, spiritual crisis or broken dreams? Whatever your concerns -- past or present, large or small, clear or vaguely defined, personal or interpersonal -- our experience together is designed to help you discover the inherent possibility, healing & change available to you as you embrace life more fully from the wisdom of who you truly are.
(919) 813-7285 View (919) 813-7285
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Takeyah Murrain
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Hey there! Are you ready for mental and emotional healing? I believe in the importance of establishing a report with my clients built on safety, trust, client self determination, and empowerment. I am specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties related to dealing with life changes, grief, setting goals, conflict resolution, anger, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, cognitive distortions, spiritual concerns, behavioral issues, attachment issues, confidence, self esteem, and self awareness.
Hey there! Are you ready for mental and emotional healing? I believe in the importance of establishing a report with my clients built on safety, trust, client self determination, and empowerment. I am specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties related to dealing with life changes, grief, setting goals, conflict resolution, anger, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, emotional dysregulation, cognitive distortions, spiritual concerns, behavioral issues, attachment issues, confidence, self esteem, and self awareness.
(919) 752-5122 View (919) 752-5122
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Susan Rainsford MA LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801  (Online Only)
I know it can take courage to seek therapy and I am here to help. I would be honored to guide and assist you towards positive change. I have been enjoying providing Psychotherapy in Asheville since 2000. I provide caring and professional therapy for Individuals (Adults, Adolescents & Children), Couples and Families. I am happy to serve our diverse community including the LGBTQ+ community. I have extensive experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, parenting skills, couples conflicts, life transitions, divorce/separation, post traumatic stress, ADHD, bi-polar, and many other issues.
I know it can take courage to seek therapy and I am here to help. I would be honored to guide and assist you towards positive change. I have been enjoying providing Psychotherapy in Asheville since 2000. I provide caring and professional therapy for Individuals (Adults, Adolescents & Children), Couples and Families. I am happy to serve our diverse community including the LGBTQ+ community. I have extensive experience working with anxiety disorders, depression, parenting skills, couples conflicts, life transitions, divorce/separation, post traumatic stress, ADHD, bi-polar, and many other issues.
(828) 215-4605 x828215 View (828) 215-4605 x828215
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Tab Ballis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28401
Couples counseling is a unique area of clinical competency that I have specialized-in for twenty years, with a supportive stance that assists partners in finding common ground in trying times.
My approach to the collaborative effort of psychotherapy is influenced by structural/strategic family systems theory, informing the process of joining with clients to clarify their roles in relationship, family, and community. Creative engagement in experiential learning assists individuals, couples, and families in gaining a fresh perspective through focused work that brings lasting results. I endeavor, in every client relationship, to de-mystify the daunting prospect of change, empowering personal choice in difficult circumstances through guided self-exploration.
Couples counseling is a unique area of clinical competency that I have specialized-in for twenty years, with a supportive stance that assists partners in finding common ground in trying times.
My approach to the collaborative effort of psychotherapy is influenced by structural/strategic family systems theory, informing the process of joining with clients to clarify their roles in relationship, family, and community. Creative engagement in experiential learning assists individuals, couples, and families in gaining a fresh perspective through focused work that brings lasting results. I endeavor, in every client relationship, to de-mystify the daunting prospect of change, empowering personal choice in difficult circumstances through guided self-exploration.
(910) 684-5005 View (910) 684-5005
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Litha Charles, Asheboro Counseling and Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Asheboro, NC 27203
I take a integrated approach to counseling, drawing upon a variety of counseling theories and methodologies, including Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples, and Play Therapy for children.
I am a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. Prior to working in Asheboro, I have worked in public school and university settings and have ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns. I offer individual counseling for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as marital/premarital and family counseling. I am equipped and interested in integrating one's spiritual values and beliefs into the counseling process to the extent the client allows them to be.
I take a integrated approach to counseling, drawing upon a variety of counseling theories and methodologies, including Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples, and Play Therapy for children.
I am a North Carolina Board Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. Prior to working in Asheboro, I have worked in public school and university settings and have ten years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns. I offer individual counseling for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as marital/premarital and family counseling. I am equipped and interested in integrating one's spiritual values and beliefs into the counseling process to the extent the client allows them to be.
(336) 656-2639 View (336) 656-2639
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Amanda Watkins
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Asheville, NC 28805
Not accepting new clients
I work with individuals and couples regarding anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+-specific, and end-of-life issues.
Life is full of change and transition. Sometimes, we choose to change and we feel in control. Other times, change happens without our permission and it feels like someone else is making all the decisions for us. Whether you choose change or not, the process can take a toll on your emotional/physical/spiritual health, your relationships, and your sense of purpose in the world. It takes immense courage to create (or re-create) your life. It requires looking within to determine what’s truly important, rather than just accept what others tell you is right for you. I’m here to help you regain a sense of control, purpose, and peace.
I work with individuals and couples regarding anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+-specific, and end-of-life issues.
Life is full of change and transition. Sometimes, we choose to change and we feel in control. Other times, change happens without our permission and it feels like someone else is making all the decisions for us. Whether you choose change or not, the process can take a toll on your emotional/physical/spiritual health, your relationships, and your sense of purpose in the world. It takes immense courage to create (or re-create) your life. It requires looking within to determine what’s truly important, rather than just accept what others tell you is right for you. I’m here to help you regain a sense of control, purpose, and peace.
(828) 202-3039 View (828) 202-3039
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Michael May
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, NC 28401
Are you having issues connecting with yourself and/or partner? Are you trying to find ways to decrease your shame or guilt from struggling with managing your Addiction? Well, you do not have to deal with these issues alone anymore. Healing is not a linear process, but it is indeed a process. It takes commitment, motivation, and hard work to cope with one's Mental Health and Addiction. If given the opportunity, I would be honored to work with you to explore new ways of healing and assisting managing your life stresses.
Are you having issues connecting with yourself and/or partner? Are you trying to find ways to decrease your shame or guilt from struggling with managing your Addiction? Well, you do not have to deal with these issues alone anymore. Healing is not a linear process, but it is indeed a process. It takes commitment, motivation, and hard work to cope with one's Mental Health and Addiction. If given the opportunity, I would be honored to work with you to explore new ways of healing and assisting managing your life stresses.
(910) 519-8799 View (910) 519-8799
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Lauren Michelle Lalchand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
Hi there! It's very nice to meet you. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Therapist Licensed in both New York and North Carolina with experience as a Director of an outpatient clinic. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, post-pandemic trauma and adults, LGBTQ, and building confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion; after all we will be working together as a team. I utilize various treatment modalities to meet your unique and specific needs by building skills, tools, and enhancing self-esteem.
Hi there! It's very nice to meet you. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Therapist Licensed in both New York and North Carolina with experience as a Director of an outpatient clinic. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, post-pandemic trauma and adults, LGBTQ, and building confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion; after all we will be working together as a team. I utilize various treatment modalities to meet your unique and specific needs by building skills, tools, and enhancing self-esteem.
(516) 715-4504 View (516) 715-4504
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Amy S Horne
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHCQS, NPT-C, CIMHP, CIMNTT, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Harrisburg, NC 28075  (Online Only)
Qualified Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I create a non-judgmental environment where clients feel safe to discuss their issues and improve the quality of their lives. I integrate different approaches with emphasis on EMDR/R-TEP/G-TEP, Gottman, NET, Trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience with soldiers, trauma, abuse and disorders. I treat adolescents and adults using individual, family and/or couples' counseling. I have a direct therapeutic approach. I'm a Certified Integrative Medicine and Nutrition Trauma Treatment provider.
Qualified Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I create a non-judgmental environment where clients feel safe to discuss their issues and improve the quality of their lives. I integrate different approaches with emphasis on EMDR/R-TEP/G-TEP, Gottman, NET, Trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience with soldiers, trauma, abuse and disorders. I treat adolescents and adults using individual, family and/or couples' counseling. I have a direct therapeutic approach. I'm a Certified Integrative Medicine and Nutrition Trauma Treatment provider.
(910) 356-9455 View (910) 356-9455
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Amber Kennedy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NC 28312
Specializing in mood disorders, military culture and adjustments, trauma, affair recovery, relationship distress and much more.
I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the time spent as welcoming as possible.
Specializing in mood disorders, military culture and adjustments, trauma, affair recovery, relationship distress and much more.
I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the time spent as welcoming as possible.
(910) 387-4423 View (910) 387-4423
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Kendra A. Surmitis
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am suited to treat a variety of personal and relational concerns including: anxiety, personality issues, depression, relationship concerns, and the impact of trauma.
My name is Dr. Kendra A. Surmitis, and I provide a comfortable, private space for individuals seeking personalized counseling, mindfulness, dream work, and psychoanalysis. Do you wonder about the impact of your early relationships on your ability to enjoy your life and relationships today? Are you interested to learn more about your personality and avenues for greater life fulfillment? We will work together to find meaningful answers to your deepest questions while supporting your quality of life. I invite you to visit my private practice website for information and to contact me for a complimentary consultation.
I am suited to treat a variety of personal and relational concerns including: anxiety, personality issues, depression, relationship concerns, and the impact of trauma.
My name is Dr. Kendra A. Surmitis, and I provide a comfortable, private space for individuals seeking personalized counseling, mindfulness, dream work, and psychoanalysis. Do you wonder about the impact of your early relationships on your ability to enjoy your life and relationships today? Are you interested to learn more about your personality and avenues for greater life fulfillment? We will work together to find meaningful answers to your deepest questions while supporting your quality of life. I invite you to visit my private practice website for information and to contact me for a complimentary consultation.
(984) 207-3191 View (984) 207-3191
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Jessica Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
I provide individual, couple’s, family, intensive, and group therapy to adults. My clients are seeking relief from their trauma, dysfunctional relationships, shame, addictions, compulsive sexual behavior, disordered eating, grief, and codependency. Typically my clients are over functioning in many areas but cannot pinpoint why they struggle in relationship with others or feel chronically unhappy. Many of my clients identify as Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional families or have addiction in their family system.
I provide individual, couple’s, family, intensive, and group therapy to adults. My clients are seeking relief from their trauma, dysfunctional relationships, shame, addictions, compulsive sexual behavior, disordered eating, grief, and codependency. Typically my clients are over functioning in many areas but cannot pinpoint why they struggle in relationship with others or feel chronically unhappy. Many of my clients identify as Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional families or have addiction in their family system.
(704) 272-2302 View (704) 272-2302
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Jennifer Bates
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Huntersville, NC 28078
My name is Jenny Bates, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 22 years of clinical experience working with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Minors who are experiencing ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and Relationship Issues. I use a mix of Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Family Systems, and Person-Centered therapies during treatments with my clients. I believe that successful therapy will require the client to play an active role both during and between sessions to practice new skills and learn ways to strengthen them.
My name is Jenny Bates, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 22 years of clinical experience working with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Minors who are experiencing ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and Relationship Issues. I use a mix of Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Family Systems, and Person-Centered therapies during treatments with my clients. I believe that successful therapy will require the client to play an active role both during and between sessions to practice new skills and learn ways to strengthen them.
(910) 490-4053 View (910) 490-4053
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Amy Worthy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Asheville, NC 28801
The therapeutic relationship is a sacred one, so it's incredibly important to me that my clients feel comfortable giving me feedback (as I will with them), feel seen and heard in our sessions, and feel both validated AND challenged throughout our time together.
Welcome to my site! I'm a psychotherapist and coach with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of issues including: anxiety and depression, life transitions, grief, trauma, sexuality, financial literacy, high performance, mindset, habits for success, boundaries, and burnout. I'm a wife, mother and business owner who has experienced and recovered from burnout several times in my career. Many of us are juggling a lot of different roles, and it can be difficult to zoom out and make sense of our lives, much less make meaningful changes.
The therapeutic relationship is a sacred one, so it's incredibly important to me that my clients feel comfortable giving me feedback (as I will with them), feel seen and heard in our sessions, and feel both validated AND challenged throughout our time together.
Welcome to my site! I'm a psychotherapist and coach with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of issues including: anxiety and depression, life transitions, grief, trauma, sexuality, financial literacy, high performance, mindset, habits for success, boundaries, and burnout. I'm a wife, mother and business owner who has experienced and recovered from burnout several times in my career. Many of us are juggling a lot of different roles, and it can be difficult to zoom out and make sense of our lives, much less make meaningful changes.
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Amanda Rachel Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27605
I am a psychotherapist with experience working with clients across the lifespan who have experienced a variety of issues and concerns. I enjoy working with each of my clients to establish a personal therapeutic relationship that they find helpful for them. I believe that the needs of each of my clients are distinct and what one person may experience as helpful may not be helpful to another. I strive to encourage a therapeutic relationship that is client directed and consider the experience of psychotherapy as a vehicle being driven by each unique client.
I am a psychotherapist with experience working with clients across the lifespan who have experienced a variety of issues and concerns. I enjoy working with each of my clients to establish a personal therapeutic relationship that they find helpful for them. I believe that the needs of each of my clients are distinct and what one person may experience as helpful may not be helpful to another. I strive to encourage a therapeutic relationship that is client directed and consider the experience of psychotherapy as a vehicle being driven by each unique client.
(919) 429-8585 View (919) 429-8585
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Boyce L Smith
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, LCAS, CCS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Matthews, NC 28105
Areas of expertise include: substance use, trauma, mood/anxiety concerns, relationship issues, life changes/adjustments, grief/loss, non-monogamous and polyamorous couples, gender and sexual identity, LGBTQI+ individuals, men's issues, anger management, depression, and working with individual, couples, families.
Taking the step to seek out counseling takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. My approach in counseling is holistic and takes into account the whole body, mind, and spirit. As a therapist I treat individuals, couples, and families regardless of race, age, sexuality, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Both professionally and personally, I believe that we all have what is necessary for true growth and change. Join me on the journey of exploring your needs and goals to help you accomplish a desired outcome.
Areas of expertise include: substance use, trauma, mood/anxiety concerns, relationship issues, life changes/adjustments, grief/loss, non-monogamous and polyamorous couples, gender and sexual identity, LGBTQI+ individuals, men's issues, anger management, depression, and working with individual, couples, families.
Taking the step to seek out counseling takes tremendous courage and vulnerability. My approach in counseling is holistic and takes into account the whole body, mind, and spirit. As a therapist I treat individuals, couples, and families regardless of race, age, sexuality, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Both professionally and personally, I believe that we all have what is necessary for true growth and change. Join me on the journey of exploring your needs and goals to help you accomplish a desired outcome.
(704) 703-3298 View (704) 703-3298
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Amy Leach
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with children, adults and couple. I have had the honor of helping people to address anxiety, depression, identity exploration, relationship concerns, family issues, and trauma.
I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with children, adults and couple. I have had the honor of helping people to address anxiety, depression, identity exploration, relationship concerns, family issues, and trauma.
(984) 400-0779 View (984) 400-0779

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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.