Marriage Counseling Therapists in New York, NY

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Stuart J. Levinson, LCSW, P.C.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I have 23 years experience treating patients with anxiety issues, depression issues, O-CD issues, stage of life issues, stress reduction issues, marital/relationship issues, behavioral issues, mood disorders, career issues, self-esteem issues, anger management issues, adult ADHD, sexual identity issues, attachment issues, self-harm issues, and Bi-polar issues.
I have 23 years experience treating patients with anxiety issues, depression issues, O-CD issues, stage of life issues, stress reduction issues, marital/relationship issues, behavioral issues, mood disorders, career issues, self-esteem issues, anger management issues, adult ADHD, sexual identity issues, attachment issues, self-harm issues, and Bi-polar issues.
(212) 308-5363 View (212) 308-5363
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Dr. Carolyn Hartl
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Taking this step is likely a daunting and courageous one for you. I offer a safe, supportive environment in which to help you deal with difficult problems. No matter what the struggles are, I will actively listen and help you build self-awareness so that we may find ways to help you cope with problems and live in a way you feel better about. I work with people from all walks of life who struggle with anxiety, depression, relational/marital issues, postpartum, parenting and substance use disorders, to name a few.
Taking this step is likely a daunting and courageous one for you. I offer a safe, supportive environment in which to help you deal with difficult problems. No matter what the struggles are, I will actively listen and help you build self-awareness so that we may find ways to help you cope with problems and live in a way you feel better about. I work with people from all walks of life who struggle with anxiety, depression, relational/marital issues, postpartum, parenting and substance use disorders, to name a few.
(917) 652-6848 View (917) 652-6848
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Pia C. Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
I work with clients struggling with a broad range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, work/life stress, marital/relationship issues and loss and grief.
Everyone has the potential for greatness, it's a matter of how we learn to use life's experiences, challenges and triumphs to actualize the best of who we are. My goal is to work together to build on your strengths to help make lasting changes and move towards leading a content and fulfilling life. Working in the mental health field for over 20 years, I have worked with a wide range of individuals specifically LGBTQ singles and couples. I use a straight forward and supportive approach to help you understand and work through your struggles.
I work with clients struggling with a broad range of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, work/life stress, marital/relationship issues and loss and grief.
Everyone has the potential for greatness, it's a matter of how we learn to use life's experiences, challenges and triumphs to actualize the best of who we are. My goal is to work together to build on your strengths to help make lasting changes and move towards leading a content and fulfilling life. Working in the mental health field for over 20 years, I have worked with a wide range of individuals specifically LGBTQ singles and couples. I use a straight forward and supportive approach to help you understand and work through your struggles.
(646) 760-8353 View (646) 760-8353
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Anna M. Ogle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
Anna M. Ogle is a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with over 20 year of mental health experience in New Jersey and New York. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and she earned a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Kean University. Anna is also a certified clinical ADHD provider.
Anna M. Ogle is a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with over 20 year of mental health experience in New Jersey and New York. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and she earned a Master’s degree in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Kean University. Anna is also a certified clinical ADHD provider.
(646) 713-1828 View (646) 713-1828
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Nariesh R Paltoo
Pastoral Counselor, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10013  (Online Only)
I believe that the foundation of a strong Marriage and family begins with healthy communication and understanding. Through our counseling sessions, I help families develop effective communication skills, build deeper spiritual connections, and work through any conflicts or challenges that may arise. As a Christian Counselor specializing in Marriage and family, I can empathize with most people when dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders.
I believe that the foundation of a strong Marriage and family begins with healthy communication and understanding. Through our counseling sessions, I help families develop effective communication skills, build deeper spiritual connections, and work through any conflicts or challenges that may arise. As a Christian Counselor specializing in Marriage and family, I can empathize with most people when dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and bipolar disorders.
(646) 713-1813 View (646) 713-1813
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Catherine S Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
I also help folks with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, identity issues, low self-esteem, life transitions, relationship issues, marital problems, grief and loss, trauma, aging, medical issues, intimacy issues, and work related stress.
My work style is quality-of-life coaching with the emotional depth of an experienced Psychotherapist. I help my clients to connect the dots in their lives and to see and build on their strengths. You can reach your realistic dreams if you commit. I believe in the power of the Individual. Everyone has a unique narrative that describes both challenges and strengths in overcoming adversity.
I also help folks with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, identity issues, low self-esteem, life transitions, relationship issues, marital problems, grief and loss, trauma, aging, medical issues, intimacy issues, and work related stress.
My work style is quality-of-life coaching with the emotional depth of an experienced Psychotherapist. I help my clients to connect the dots in their lives and to see and build on their strengths. You can reach your realistic dreams if you commit. I believe in the power of the Individual. Everyone has a unique narrative that describes both challenges and strengths in overcoming adversity.
(347) 802-9906 View (347) 802-9906
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Andrea Green Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I also love working with couples contemplating marriage.
As a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of experience to my remote practice. My expertise lies in helping individuals through the complexities of trauma recovery, all sorts of challenges and life transitions, relationship issues and endings, as well as overcoming feeling stuck personally or professionally. I'm dedicated to creating a compassionate and non-judgmental space where we can work through life's challenges together and learn ways to feel more content, hopeful and fulfilled.
I also love working with couples contemplating marriage.
As a seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I bring a wealth of experience to my remote practice. My expertise lies in helping individuals through the complexities of trauma recovery, all sorts of challenges and life transitions, relationship issues and endings, as well as overcoming feeling stuck personally or professionally. I'm dedicated to creating a compassionate and non-judgmental space where we can work through life's challenges together and learn ways to feel more content, hopeful and fulfilled.
(631) 337-4241 View (631) 337-4241
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Samantha Green
LMHC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I offer both individual and marriage/couples therapy sessions.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors, family/relationship issues, and forensic issues. To tailor my services to the needs of each client, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches in my practice, including CBT, somatic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, among others.
I offer both individual and marriage/couples therapy sessions.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors, family/relationship issues, and forensic issues. To tailor my services to the needs of each client, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches in my practice, including CBT, somatic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, among others.
(332) 400-1628 View (332) 400-1628
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Deborah L Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CASAC, CEAP, SAP, CGT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028
-increase life fulfillment and self-acceptance -manage depression and anxiety -work through grief and loss -process life transitions (birth, marriage, divorce, empty nest, aging) -recover from trauma -manage out-of-control feelings/behaviors -heal relationships -build self confidence -develop strengths to face challenges -become centered, relaxed.
Are you looking for a way to deepen your connection and strengthen your relationship with your partner? Look no further. As a certified Gottman therapist, I use evidence-based techniques to help couples improve their communication, increase intimacy, and resolve conflicts in a healthy and effective manner. With over 40 years of research and success, the Gottman Method has been proven to significantly improve relationships and increase relationship satisfaction. Let's work together to build a happier and healthier future for your relationship. I am licensed in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, TX and VT.
-increase life fulfillment and self-acceptance -manage depression and anxiety -work through grief and loss -process life transitions (birth, marriage, divorce, empty nest, aging) -recover from trauma -manage out-of-control feelings/behaviors -heal relationships -build self confidence -develop strengths to face challenges -become centered, relaxed.
Are you looking for a way to deepen your connection and strengthen your relationship with your partner? Look no further. As a certified Gottman therapist, I use evidence-based techniques to help couples improve their communication, increase intimacy, and resolve conflicts in a healthy and effective manner. With over 40 years of research and success, the Gottman Method has been proven to significantly improve relationships and increase relationship satisfaction. Let's work together to build a happier and healthier future for your relationship. I am licensed in CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, TX and VT.
(516) 693-2027 View (516) 693-2027
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Missy Terrell
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
My name is Missy Terrell and I’m a licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am a Christian therapist who works from a Gospel-centered perspective. I work on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, spirituality, depression, self-image, premarital and marriage, career, and finances, with a special emphasis on childhood trauma.
My name is Missy Terrell and I’m a licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am a Christian therapist who works from a Gospel-centered perspective. I work on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, spirituality, depression, self-image, premarital and marriage, career, and finances, with a special emphasis on childhood trauma.
(646) 956-1240 View (646) 956-1240
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Lydia Bell
MA, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Welcome! I'm Lydia and I'm a psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals on relationship issues. Are you struggling to communicate effectively in your relationship? Looking for a space where you can talk through conflicts, intimacy, or parenting issues? I offer a non-judgmental space for growth, change, and deeper connection. I offer compassionate, LGBTQIA+ inclusive, culturally sensitive care. I specialize in working with artists, parents, and intercultural/interracial/interfaith couples. I also offer pre-marital counseling and counseling for people considering ethical non-monogamy.
Welcome! I'm Lydia and I'm a psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals on relationship issues. Are you struggling to communicate effectively in your relationship? Looking for a space where you can talk through conflicts, intimacy, or parenting issues? I offer a non-judgmental space for growth, change, and deeper connection. I offer compassionate, LGBTQIA+ inclusive, culturally sensitive care. I specialize in working with artists, parents, and intercultural/interracial/interfaith couples. I also offer pre-marital counseling and counseling for people considering ethical non-monogamy.
(929) 222-6492 View (929) 222-6492
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Genny Finkel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I have specialized expertise in relationships, and have successfully helped couples, families and individuals work through difficult relationship issues including repetitive fights, betrayal, infidelity, life style differences, addiction, money and preparing for marriage.
Having hard conversations and dealing with distressing feelings does not have to be the end of your relationship. By understanding the very things that threaten our relationships, like infidelity, repetitive fights, betrayal, and not feeling seen, we can build stronger connections. Let's stop bottling it all up and actually use it to create the relationships you want. Together we can find new ways to connect, feel heard and work through the challenges keeping you stuck, in order to feel like that very important person in your life gets you.
I have specialized expertise in relationships, and have successfully helped couples, families and individuals work through difficult relationship issues including repetitive fights, betrayal, infidelity, life style differences, addiction, money and preparing for marriage.
Having hard conversations and dealing with distressing feelings does not have to be the end of your relationship. By understanding the very things that threaten our relationships, like infidelity, repetitive fights, betrayal, and not feeling seen, we can build stronger connections. Let's stop bottling it all up and actually use it to create the relationships you want. Together we can find new ways to connect, feel heard and work through the challenges keeping you stuck, in order to feel like that very important person in your life gets you.
(516) 701-3374 View (516) 701-3374
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Couples and Marriage Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Marital, EFT, Therapy, Couples, Relatio
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021
Is your relationship stuck? Are you feeling unheard? deprived? having the same old fight again? Are you feeling unappreciated, and like your needs will never be important enough to your partner? Most couples who come to me love each other but are feeling desperate and hopeless to realign without help. You deserve quality counseling. Helping people communicate and get long term results using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is my expertise and I look forward to working with you to mend your relationship and get to marriage “2.0”Email me for a free chat about what’s happening for you and what you need. Looking forward
Is your relationship stuck? Are you feeling unheard? deprived? having the same old fight again? Are you feeling unappreciated, and like your needs will never be important enough to your partner? Most couples who come to me love each other but are feeling desperate and hopeless to realign without help. You deserve quality counseling. Helping people communicate and get long term results using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is my expertise and I look forward to working with you to mend your relationship and get to marriage “2.0”Email me for a free chat about what’s happening for you and what you need. Looking forward
(917) 746-8579 View (917) 746-8579
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Christina Curtis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
Waitlist for new clients
Premarital counseling operates as an open dialogue, in which couple and counselor explore expectations for marriage, strengthen communication and conflict resolution skills and create a reflective space apart from the stresses of wedding planning.
I have a passion for working with couples at all stages of the life cycle. Premaritals, empty nesters, LGBT couples, couples with young children seeking to balance parenting with time for self and partner, couples needing support around sexuality and commitment issues, couples at a crossroads.... Much of my early therapeutic training was in Hospice bereavement counseling. Through that experience I became drawn to therapeutic encounters with the potential for spiritual renewal. In recent years I've connected with that initial sense of generativity and meaning through the practice of couples therapy, most notably in work as a premarital counselor.
Premarital counseling operates as an open dialogue, in which couple and counselor explore expectations for marriage, strengthen communication and conflict resolution skills and create a reflective space apart from the stresses of wedding planning.
I have a passion for working with couples at all stages of the life cycle. Premaritals, empty nesters, LGBT couples, couples with young children seeking to balance parenting with time for self and partner, couples needing support around sexuality and commitment issues, couples at a crossroads.... Much of my early therapeutic training was in Hospice bereavement counseling. Through that experience I became drawn to therapeutic encounters with the potential for spiritual renewal. In recent years I've connected with that initial sense of generativity and meaning through the practice of couples therapy, most notably in work as a premarital counselor.
(646) 681-7527 View (646) 681-7527
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Courtney M Murphy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10069
I work with adults with a variety of issues including, depression, anxiety, marital and other relationship problems, bereavement, addictions, obssessive thoughts or behaviors, occupational difficulties, eating disorders, parenting issues, and caring for the elderly.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed? Have work or personal relationships become unmanageable. Sometimes life calls for outside assitance, and psychotherapy can be very effective at alleviating distress. In my practice, I use an interactive and collaborative approach where an individual can explore, learn, and heal in an atmoshpere of trust and safety. I combine psychodynamic therapy that searches for the root causes of problems with coginitive-behavioral techniques when needed that offer more immediate structured coping skills.
I work with adults with a variety of issues including, depression, anxiety, marital and other relationship problems, bereavement, addictions, obssessive thoughts or behaviors, occupational difficulties, eating disorders, parenting issues, and caring for the elderly.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed? Have work or personal relationships become unmanageable. Sometimes life calls for outside assitance, and psychotherapy can be very effective at alleviating distress. In my practice, I use an interactive and collaborative approach where an individual can explore, learn, and heal in an atmoshpere of trust and safety. I combine psychodynamic therapy that searches for the root causes of problems with coginitive-behavioral techniques when needed that offer more immediate structured coping skills.
(917) 791-3059 View (917) 791-3059
American Marriage Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, psychoa
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10075
American Marriage Center serves a clientele throughout Manhattan and all NYC, and throughout the great New York City area.
Couples, whether married or dating, have issues and problems that arise when communication breaks down. This break down in communication leads to misunderstandings which result in anger, hurt, anxiety, depression, guilt, and feelings of hopelessness. We evaluate each person independently with a high level of professional expertise. For couples, there are times when separate therapy for one of the partners is necessary while marriage counseling continues concurrently. Individual psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is recommended when one of the partners is depressed or anxious and is struggling with their own personal problems.
American Marriage Center serves a clientele throughout Manhattan and all NYC, and throughout the great New York City area.
Couples, whether married or dating, have issues and problems that arise when communication breaks down. This break down in communication leads to misunderstandings which result in anger, hurt, anxiety, depression, guilt, and feelings of hopelessness. We evaluate each person independently with a high level of professional expertise. For couples, there are times when separate therapy for one of the partners is necessary while marriage counseling continues concurrently. Individual psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is recommended when one of the partners is depressed or anxious and is struggling with their own personal problems.
(646) 783-9901 View (646) 783-9901
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Phoenix Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families with ten years’ service in this very rewarding work. Our team works with everyone including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ Community, all religions and backgrounds, ages 5 to 95. I also provide group therapy to address Domestic Violence and Self-Esteem in addition to Parenting with Purpose, classes for those with ACS involvement and mandated to a parenting program by the court. I have significant experience addressing the effects of racism, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, family conflict and more.
Greetings! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families with ten years’ service in this very rewarding work. Our team works with everyone including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ Community, all religions and backgrounds, ages 5 to 95. I also provide group therapy to address Domestic Violence and Self-Esteem in addition to Parenting with Purpose, classes for those with ACS involvement and mandated to a parenting program by the court. I have significant experience addressing the effects of racism, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, family conflict and more.
(929) 296-8704 View (929) 296-8704
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Lori Moussapour
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Many of my clients seek help with parenting, life transitions, life balance, relationship and marital issues, family issues, ADD, school problems, grief, emerging adulthood/launching, anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness, and managing stress/challenges, especially those related to chronic health conditions such as food allergies.
I help clients push through challenges to find fulfillment, well-being and balance in love, work and play. I offer warmth, openness and honesty in order to co-create trust and curiosity about the challenges clients face. I listen deeply, with compassion and help facilitate self-awareness, change, empowerment and growth. My approach is relational and psychodynamic, but my practice is eclectic. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. I am an Emotional Literacy Coach and Master Trainer through Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence, helping clients build skills in communication,
Many of my clients seek help with parenting, life transitions, life balance, relationship and marital issues, family issues, ADD, school problems, grief, emerging adulthood/launching, anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness, and managing stress/challenges, especially those related to chronic health conditions such as food allergies.
I help clients push through challenges to find fulfillment, well-being and balance in love, work and play. I offer warmth, openness and honesty in order to co-create trust and curiosity about the challenges clients face. I listen deeply, with compassion and help facilitate self-awareness, change, empowerment and growth. My approach is relational and psychodynamic, but my practice is eclectic. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. I am an Emotional Literacy Coach and Master Trainer through Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence, helping clients build skills in communication,
(914) 303-7708 View (914) 303-7708
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Robert Herel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I have extensive experience working and addressing anxiety, ADHD, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). I am also a skilled couples counselor, providing premarital and marital therapy and helping my clients develop tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, and problem-solve in a healthier way, and have helped individuals through difficult life changes.
I have extensive experience working and addressing anxiety, ADHD, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). I am also a skilled couples counselor, providing premarital and marital therapy and helping my clients develop tools to communicate better, negotiate differences, and problem-solve in a healthier way, and have helped individuals through difficult life changes.
(929) 930-3332 View (929) 930-3332
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JL Counseling Services LCSW, PC
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, CASAC-T
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10027
My experience includes: conflict resolutions, communication, infidelity, trust building, and parenting related issues; premarital counseling as well as marriage enrichment.
I am a compassionate and friendly therapist with rich and diverse background. I am focused on helping you successfully navigate life's challenges and relationships with your spouse, children and others. Being eclectic in my approach, I will use different professional strategies to work with you to see what best suite your particular situation and needs. I am opened to helping you explore your spiritual journey to see how that may contribute to your discovery and healing. I am empathetic and attentive. Therapy with me will enrich your life and provide you the critical tools to handle your challenges.
My experience includes: conflict resolutions, communication, infidelity, trust building, and parenting related issues; premarital counseling as well as marriage enrichment.
I am a compassionate and friendly therapist with rich and diverse background. I am focused on helping you successfully navigate life's challenges and relationships with your spouse, children and others. Being eclectic in my approach, I will use different professional strategies to work with you to see what best suite your particular situation and needs. I am opened to helping you explore your spiritual journey to see how that may contribute to your discovery and healing. I am empathetic and attentive. Therapy with me will enrich your life and provide you the critical tools to handle your challenges.
(646) 762-9210 View (646) 762-9210

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.