Couples Counseling Therapists in Downtown, Brooklyn, NY

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Tasha Tyrell-Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201
My approach in the therapeutic relationship integrates various theoretical perspectives which serve to guide our work together.
Famed poet Maya Angelou once said, “there is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside you”. I believe we all have untold stories and these life stories can produce emotional discomforts and become a source of unresolved pain. With over 20 years’ experience I can support you in the therapeutic journey to gain awareness, insight, and understanding into beliefs about self that disrupt relationships and daily functioning. I completed certification in Couples Therapy and specialize in work with couples. Currently, I am pursuing certification as a sex therapist to help couples better address their sexual life.
My approach in the therapeutic relationship integrates various theoretical perspectives which serve to guide our work together.
Famed poet Maya Angelou once said, “there is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside you”. I believe we all have untold stories and these life stories can produce emotional discomforts and become a source of unresolved pain. With over 20 years’ experience I can support you in the therapeutic journey to gain awareness, insight, and understanding into beliefs about self that disrupt relationships and daily functioning. I completed certification in Couples Therapy and specialize in work with couples. Currently, I am pursuing certification as a sex therapist to help couples better address their sexual life.
(929) 416-2105 View (929) 416-2105
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Diane Galligan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
I believe therapy can help us navigate our lowest moments and achieve our greatest happiness, whether in relationships, careers, or within ourselves. It gives us the freedom to take chances and break negative patterns. Emphasizing collaboration, compassion, and encouragement, I work with individual adults, teens, children, couples, and families. Relationship conflict, anxiety and depression, trauma and grief are among my areas of specialty. I often work with those driven to achieve — offering help coping with pressure, finding fulfillment, and understanding how past experiences can influence the present in subtle yet powerful ways.
I believe therapy can help us navigate our lowest moments and achieve our greatest happiness, whether in relationships, careers, or within ourselves. It gives us the freedom to take chances and break negative patterns. Emphasizing collaboration, compassion, and encouragement, I work with individual adults, teens, children, couples, and families. Relationship conflict, anxiety and depression, trauma and grief are among my areas of specialty. I often work with those driven to achieve — offering help coping with pressure, finding fulfillment, and understanding how past experiences can influence the present in subtle yet powerful ways.
(917) 905-7691 View (917) 905-7691
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Tracy Colon
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
Change - whether it is personal, professional, environmental - is the one constant in everyone's life and also the one thing we fear most. It is even more difficult adapting to change that is forced upon us. We often feel alone, vulnerable and unmoored in these moments of transition. As a therapist, I want to assist my clients in tapping into their inner wellspring of resilience and guide them through these challenging life phases; I have experience working with a variety of individuals /concerns/issues, such as LGBTQIA+, veterans, couples, anxiety, depression, stage of life transition and those struggling with identity issues.
Change - whether it is personal, professional, environmental - is the one constant in everyone's life and also the one thing we fear most. It is even more difficult adapting to change that is forced upon us. We often feel alone, vulnerable and unmoored in these moments of transition. As a therapist, I want to assist my clients in tapping into their inner wellspring of resilience and guide them through these challenging life phases; I have experience working with a variety of individuals /concerns/issues, such as LGBTQIA+, veterans, couples, anxiety, depression, stage of life transition and those struggling with identity issues.
(347) 380-8468 View (347) 380-8468
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Anna Tekunova
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
Anna is specialized in adult psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individuals and couples.
Anna Tekunova is New York State licensed psychotherapist specialized in treating: high-functioning (masked) depression, high-functioning (masked) anxiety, self-sabotage, relationship issues (loneliness, conflict, love and lack of), issues around sexuality, past and recent trauma, acute and chronic stress, issues specific to men's mental health, women's mental health and mental health of transgender and gender nonconforming adults. Anna has extensive experience working with patients who navigate multiple stressors at the same time.
Anna is specialized in adult psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy for individuals and couples.
Anna Tekunova is New York State licensed psychotherapist specialized in treating: high-functioning (masked) depression, high-functioning (masked) anxiety, self-sabotage, relationship issues (loneliness, conflict, love and lack of), issues around sexuality, past and recent trauma, acute and chronic stress, issues specific to men's mental health, women's mental health and mental health of transgender and gender nonconforming adults. Anna has extensive experience working with patients who navigate multiple stressors at the same time.
(347) 934-8702 View (347) 934-8702
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Rebecca Elkin
Creative Arts Therapist, MA, LCAT, RDT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I provide supportive, strength-based therapy for clients facing life transitions, those experiencing challenging relationship dynamics, & women (& their partners) who are impacted by issues related reproductive health (infertility, miscarriage, pre/postnatal, STIs, motherhood).
I am passionate about creating a comfortable and validating therapeutic environment where you know that you are free to be your most honest and open self. I am genuinely invested in getting to know you while nonjudgmentally exploring and supporting your unique complexities and challenges. In a therapeutic relationship, I value down-to-earth communication, humor when appropriate, and authenticity. I hope that from the very first day we work together, you get the sense that you are no longer alone in carrying any burdens weighing on you. We will be a team and navigate everything together.
I provide supportive, strength-based therapy for clients facing life transitions, those experiencing challenging relationship dynamics, & women (& their partners) who are impacted by issues related reproductive health (infertility, miscarriage, pre/postnatal, STIs, motherhood).
I am passionate about creating a comfortable and validating therapeutic environment where you know that you are free to be your most honest and open self. I am genuinely invested in getting to know you while nonjudgmentally exploring and supporting your unique complexities and challenges. In a therapeutic relationship, I value down-to-earth communication, humor when appropriate, and authenticity. I hope that from the very first day we work together, you get the sense that you are no longer alone in carrying any burdens weighing on you. We will be a team and navigate everything together.
(917) 810-2608 View (917) 810-2608
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Vanessa Walton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
I enjoy working with individuals and couples from a wide variety of expressed identities, cultural backgrounds, and lived experiences.
When people seek therapy there is often a need to understand who we are, how we relate to others and our role in this world. As your therapist, I will provide a safe space where you can uncover the experiences that have shaped you and brought you to where you are today. Together we will embark on a journey to reconnect you to your true self and increase your satisfaction with your life.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples from a wide variety of expressed identities, cultural backgrounds, and lived experiences.
When people seek therapy there is often a need to understand who we are, how we relate to others and our role in this world. As your therapist, I will provide a safe space where you can uncover the experiences that have shaped you and brought you to where you are today. Together we will embark on a journey to reconnect you to your true self and increase your satisfaction with your life.
(347) 508-9830 View (347) 508-9830
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Gail Winter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201
As an experienced therapist,I have been successful in helping many people of all ages with emotional and life-stage adjustment problems. I have a strong background in assisting people with relationship problems, family matters and work issues. I help people to learn strategies for managing stress, work through loss, and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
As an experienced therapist,I have been successful in helping many people of all ages with emotional and life-stage adjustment problems. I have a strong background in assisting people with relationship problems, family matters and work issues. I help people to learn strategies for managing stress, work through loss, and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
(917) 338-4719 View (917) 338-4719
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Lindsay Alvut -Telehealth
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
While I specialize in infertility and perinatal mental health I also really enjoy working with perfectionists and folks who want to build confidence in various roles in their lives (as parent, employee, colleague, spouse, child, etc).
You are pretty “put together” on the surface, but the stress of life is catching up to you. You may have a history of anxiety and/or depression, or maybe this is the first time you are reaching out for support. You just want to feel better! I've got you. I offer Telehealth services for residents of New York State. I am genuine, empathetic, and will help you get through your current challenges. I am professional and knowledgable, but someone you can laugh with too!
While I specialize in infertility and perinatal mental health I also really enjoy working with perfectionists and folks who want to build confidence in various roles in their lives (as parent, employee, colleague, spouse, child, etc).
You are pretty “put together” on the surface, but the stress of life is catching up to you. You may have a history of anxiety and/or depression, or maybe this is the first time you are reaching out for support. You just want to feel better! I've got you. I offer Telehealth services for residents of New York State. I am genuine, empathetic, and will help you get through your current challenges. I am professional and knowledgable, but someone you can laugh with too!
(585) 332-7696 View (585) 332-7696
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Dr. Amy Wicker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
After many years in private practice, I have come to believe successful therapy comes down to one main ingredient - the strength of the relationship between the client and therapist. That is why I have brought together the most amazing team of therapists in New York who are passionate about helping their clients heal, change, and grow. At Wicker Psychotherapy, we work from our hearts and love the work that we do. Join us for your therapy journey. We will be there with you every step of the way.
After many years in private practice, I have come to believe successful therapy comes down to one main ingredient - the strength of the relationship between the client and therapist. That is why I have brought together the most amazing team of therapists in New York who are passionate about helping their clients heal, change, and grow. At Wicker Psychotherapy, we work from our hearts and love the work that we do. Join us for your therapy journey. We will be there with you every step of the way.
(347) 679-6409 View (347) 679-6409
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Vaswati Mallik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
At present, I am accepting adult clients only, and provide individual, family, couples and group psychotherapy. As the child of immigrants, I appreciate the challenges of negotiating between different cultures. Some members of immigrant communities are afraid of seeking help for mental illness. They fear being labeled negatively, shunned and stigmatized. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation about mental illness (e.g. you must be sick, crazy, weak if you seek therapy). Sadly, not enough people seek the help they need and deserve.
At present, I am accepting adult clients only, and provide individual, family, couples and group psychotherapy. As the child of immigrants, I appreciate the challenges of negotiating between different cultures. Some members of immigrant communities are afraid of seeking help for mental illness. They fear being labeled negatively, shunned and stigmatized. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation about mental illness (e.g. you must be sick, crazy, weak if you seek therapy). Sadly, not enough people seek the help they need and deserve.
(646) 859-1434 View (646) 859-1434
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J. Allanah Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Life is about change and some changes are more difficult to navigate than others. When we are stressed, anxious or depressed, it is a sign that our lives are out of balance. My focus is on providing a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental and compassionate space for adults, couples, and families to share their experiences and to help navigate through some more difficult life changes [positive or negative]; to create more balance in your life. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make changes to improve their lives, find purpose, and meaningful fulfillment.
Life is about change and some changes are more difficult to navigate than others. When we are stressed, anxious or depressed, it is a sign that our lives are out of balance. My focus is on providing a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental and compassionate space for adults, couples, and families to share their experiences and to help navigate through some more difficult life changes [positive or negative]; to create more balance in your life. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make changes to improve their lives, find purpose, and meaningful fulfillment.
(718) 717-8946 View (718) 717-8946
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Sara Van Hoose
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
Whether in therapy or testing, I aim to meet patients where they are and help them express themselves freely and fully - - to form a working relationship that facilitates meaningful change.
I am a clinical psychologist and draw on over 15 years of combined professional experience in clinical and educational settings. I help adults and children whose lives are impacted by anxiety, depression, the effects of trauma, issues at home/school, as well as demands of adulthood: profession, romance, partnership, parenthood, and aging. Most importantly, I believe, effective work with a psychologist is a collaboration. I am a warm, active, and skillful partner. I bring my fullest attention to the person in front of me and the difficulties they face.
Whether in therapy or testing, I aim to meet patients where they are and help them express themselves freely and fully - - to form a working relationship that facilitates meaningful change.
I am a clinical psychologist and draw on over 15 years of combined professional experience in clinical and educational settings. I help adults and children whose lives are impacted by anxiety, depression, the effects of trauma, issues at home/school, as well as demands of adulthood: profession, romance, partnership, parenthood, and aging. Most importantly, I believe, effective work with a psychologist is a collaboration. I am a warm, active, and skillful partner. I bring my fullest attention to the person in front of me and the difficulties they face.
(347) 765-1279 View (347) 765-1279
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Anna Spencer
LMSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I strive to help couples better understand their relationship dynamic so that they can interpret and interrupt unhealthy patterns in and out of the therapy room.
Sometimes patterns of communication can get in the way of building deeper connections and leave us feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed in our relationships. These patterns can make it difficult to see eye-to-eye when experiencing grief, life transitions, increased stress, or uncertainty about what’s next. By exploring the factors that contribute to both healthy and unhealthy dynamics, therapy becomes a collaborative environment where each partner can practice giving and receiving empathy. Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, or life transitions, couples therapy can be a place to deepen connection and find collective healing.
As a therapist, I strive to help couples better understand their relationship dynamic so that they can interpret and interrupt unhealthy patterns in and out of the therapy room.
Sometimes patterns of communication can get in the way of building deeper connections and leave us feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed in our relationships. These patterns can make it difficult to see eye-to-eye when experiencing grief, life transitions, increased stress, or uncertainty about what’s next. By exploring the factors that contribute to both healthy and unhealthy dynamics, therapy becomes a collaborative environment where each partner can practice giving and receiving empathy. Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, or life transitions, couples therapy can be a place to deepen connection and find collective healing.
(929) 357-0760 View (929) 357-0760
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Lisa Mirabile
Creative Arts Therapist, MPS, LCAT, LPAT
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Psychotherapist that provides each of my clients with a highly-individualized, curated, holistic experience that is goal-oriented. I utilize different modalities that encompass art therapy, CBT, mindfulness, and meditation. I have experience working with a diverse caseload of clients that include children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Each client is unique and therefore, my treatment methodology for each client I serve, is unique.
I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Psychotherapist that provides each of my clients with a highly-individualized, curated, holistic experience that is goal-oriented. I utilize different modalities that encompass art therapy, CBT, mindfulness, and meditation. I have experience working with a diverse caseload of clients that include children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Each client is unique and therefore, my treatment methodology for each client I serve, is unique.
(718) 865-2384 View (718) 865-2384
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Emma Larson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201
I specialize in work with LGBTQ folks and people in alternative or nontraditional family/relationship structures (polyamory, CNM, etc).
Something’s not working. You can see that there’s a problem, but you can’t quite see how to fix it. You know you don’t want things to stay the same, but it’s hard to imagine how they could be different. Whether you’re seeking to build coping skills for increased emotional balance, improve communication in your personal relationships, or untangle deep-seated habits that are holding you back — I can help. Let’s work together to shift your perspective, and find a way forward.
I specialize in work with LGBTQ folks and people in alternative or nontraditional family/relationship structures (polyamory, CNM, etc).
Something’s not working. You can see that there’s a problem, but you can’t quite see how to fix it. You know you don’t want things to stay the same, but it’s hard to imagine how they could be different. Whether you’re seeking to build coping skills for increased emotional balance, improve communication in your personal relationships, or untangle deep-seated habits that are holding you back — I can help. Let’s work together to shift your perspective, and find a way forward.
(646) 652-6827 View (646) 652-6827
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Emily Martinez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck in your relationship, longing for genuine happiness? Do you struggle to express your feelings or feel misunderstood by your partner? Are you craving a deeper, more meaningful connection? Do you wonder if your relationship should feel somehow better or different? Closer? More passionate? You are not alone! And in case you don't already know this, you deserve all that and more! Together, let's set out on a path of personal growth and healing. There's no better time to break free from the cycle of conflict, toxic relationships, lingering resentments, past traumas, or persistent feelings of anxiety/depression.
Do you feel stuck in your relationship, longing for genuine happiness? Do you struggle to express your feelings or feel misunderstood by your partner? Are you craving a deeper, more meaningful connection? Do you wonder if your relationship should feel somehow better or different? Closer? More passionate? You are not alone! And in case you don't already know this, you deserve all that and more! Together, let's set out on a path of personal growth and healing. There's no better time to break free from the cycle of conflict, toxic relationships, lingering resentments, past traumas, or persistent feelings of anxiety/depression.
(347) 983-6544 View (347) 983-6544
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Lauren C Ricciardi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA, CYI
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I provide empathic treatment to teens & women presenting with various clinical needs. An eclectic therapeutic approach is provided, including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, play, art & yoga therapies. I provide treatment to those experiencing symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, self-esteem issues, future/career planning, relationship issues, grief, life transitions, or developmental & learning disabilities. I look forward to working with you closely & compassionately to identify your strengths, challenges, & areas to focus emotional energy to move towards growth, healing, & change. Together we will support you to empower & guide you towards goals that will help you feeling more emotionally positive, healthy, & balanced.
I provide empathic treatment to teens & women presenting with various clinical needs. An eclectic therapeutic approach is provided, including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, play, art & yoga therapies. I provide treatment to those experiencing symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, self-esteem issues, future/career planning, relationship issues, grief, life transitions, or developmental & learning disabilities. I look forward to working with you closely & compassionately to identify your strengths, challenges, & areas to focus emotional energy to move towards growth, healing, & change. Together we will support you to empower & guide you towards goals that will help you feeling more emotionally positive, healthy, & balanced.
(347) 801-0700 View (347) 801-0700
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Paolo Diamantini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of issues, including trauma, sexual orientation and relationships.
You may feel lonely even when not alone, dissatisfied even as your life is in many ways successful. If you relate to loved ones without the experience of lasting intimacy, you may think that your deepest dreams were not realized, as if a cloud from yesterday is coloring everything differently from the way your life is meant to be. But now is not then, and life does not have to be a theater for reminiscing, loss or disillusionment. It is possible that underneath your suffering lies the sparkle of your true essence.
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of issues, including trauma, sexual orientation and relationships.
You may feel lonely even when not alone, dissatisfied even as your life is in many ways successful. If you relate to loved ones without the experience of lasting intimacy, you may think that your deepest dreams were not realized, as if a cloud from yesterday is coloring everything differently from the way your life is meant to be. But now is not then, and life does not have to be a theater for reminiscing, loss or disillusionment. It is possible that underneath your suffering lies the sparkle of your true essence.
(917) 809-6210 View (917) 809-6210
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Sarah Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Whether you're making the decision to begin therapy, or starting a new relationship with a provider, the search for a therapist can be overwhelming. I applaud your efforts to search for support, and hope this an opportunity to make the change you've been hoping to see. In my practice I follow your lead and pace to help identify and address any obstacles that stop you from having a fulfilling, meaningful life. No matter the source or length of your stress, my work is rooted in helping you build a compassionate relationship with yourself, while navigating every day living with as much ease, enjoyment and confidence as possible.
Whether you're making the decision to begin therapy, or starting a new relationship with a provider, the search for a therapist can be overwhelming. I applaud your efforts to search for support, and hope this an opportunity to make the change you've been hoping to see. In my practice I follow your lead and pace to help identify and address any obstacles that stop you from having a fulfilling, meaningful life. No matter the source or length of your stress, my work is rooted in helping you build a compassionate relationship with yourself, while navigating every day living with as much ease, enjoyment and confidence as possible.
(347) 632-9739 View (347) 632-9739
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Greyson Soukup
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
As a licensed mental health professional, I am committed to helping you achieve any goals you may have. by using an eclectic blend of different therapeutic techniques in a way that is tailored to your preferences. My focus includes but is not limited to aging, health anxiety, general anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self harm, eating disorders and couples counseling.
As a licensed mental health professional, I am committed to helping you achieve any goals you may have. by using an eclectic blend of different therapeutic techniques in a way that is tailored to your preferences. My focus includes but is not limited to aging, health anxiety, general anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self harm, eating disorders and couples counseling.
(718) 866-4893 View (718) 866-4893

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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.