Couples Counseling Therapists in Downtown, Memphis, TN

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Photo of Carissa Bacon, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Downtown, Memphis, TN
Carissa Bacon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
Hello there! I'm thrilled that you're here, considering taking a meaningful step towards your journey of self-discovery and growth. If you find yourself yearning for more in life but haven't quite committed to investing in your well-being, you're in the right place. Do you ever sense untapped potential within you, yet grapple with challenges like anxiety, wavering motivation, or self-doubt? Imagine a life filled with renewed passion, not just for your relationships with others but also for your relationship with yourself and your spiritual connection. That's the transformative journey I'm eager to embark on with you.
Hello there! I'm thrilled that you're here, considering taking a meaningful step towards your journey of self-discovery and growth. If you find yourself yearning for more in life but haven't quite committed to investing in your well-being, you're in the right place. Do you ever sense untapped potential within you, yet grapple with challenges like anxiety, wavering motivation, or self-doubt? Imagine a life filled with renewed passion, not just for your relationships with others but also for your relationship with yourself and your spiritual connection. That's the transformative journey I'm eager to embark on with you.
(901) 350-6728 View (901) 350-6728
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Michelle Cooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38105
Individuals seeking psychotherapy are often at a critical moment in life when their inner pain and struggles are no longer tolerable and must be acknowledged, explored, and understood. Within the therapeutic relationship, the deepest and often unknown parts of ourselves can be gradually brought to light. While relief from specific disorders and symptoms is an initial goal of psychotherapy, devoted attention to the process of coming to know and accept oneself and experience a renewed sense of meaning and purpose is the ultimate aim, one that continues to unfold over a lifetime.
Individuals seeking psychotherapy are often at a critical moment in life when their inner pain and struggles are no longer tolerable and must be acknowledged, explored, and understood. Within the therapeutic relationship, the deepest and often unknown parts of ourselves can be gradually brought to light. While relief from specific disorders and symptoms is an initial goal of psychotherapy, devoted attention to the process of coming to know and accept oneself and experience a renewed sense of meaning and purpose is the ultimate aim, one that continues to unfold over a lifetime.
(901) 379-8223 View (901) 379-8223
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Dr. Kimberly Atkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38106  (Online Only)
With a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and over 20 years of counseling experience, I can help you get through life's trials and tribulations. I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in stress, grief, depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, chronic management illness, crises management, as well as in coping skills in both adolescents and adults. My expertise is a combination of professional and personal skills that can help any person tackle unexpected life crisis. I have experience in couples counseling, family counseling, group counseling, and career counseling.
With a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and over 20 years of counseling experience, I can help you get through life's trials and tribulations. I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in stress, grief, depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, chronic management illness, crises management, as well as in coping skills in both adolescents and adults. My expertise is a combination of professional and personal skills that can help any person tackle unexpected life crisis. I have experience in couples counseling, family counseling, group counseling, and career counseling.
(901) 203-5291 View (901) 203-5291
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Kim McCaskill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38101  (Online Only)
I have over 20 years of experience offering treatment for anxiety, grief, relationship issues, self image issues, addiction, codependency issues, and unhealthy habits impacting quality of life.
I will work with you based on your personal system of values and needs to achieve relief from your distress. I strive to offer a warm, professional, non-judgmental, evidence based approach in all services I offer clients. As such, I welcome the opportunity to assist persons of any religious or secular belief system, any cultural background, and of any romantic or gender orientation.
I have over 20 years of experience offering treatment for anxiety, grief, relationship issues, self image issues, addiction, codependency issues, and unhealthy habits impacting quality of life.
I will work with you based on your personal system of values and needs to achieve relief from your distress. I strive to offer a warm, professional, non-judgmental, evidence based approach in all services I offer clients. As such, I welcome the opportunity to assist persons of any religious or secular belief system, any cultural background, and of any romantic or gender orientation.
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Center for Eating Disorders & Behavioral Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
I'm Keena Reddin, a licensed certified Social Worker, and the founder of CEDBW. My goal is to provide each patient with knowledge, appropriate treatment that is individualized, and most importantly support for experiencing a better quality of life. I have been in practice for several years, and have a true passion for the care I get to provide individuals each and every day. I specialize in the outpatient treatment of Eating Disorders by providing necessary medical/medication support, meal planning, and placement of a higher level of care when appropriate. I also provide treatment for individuals/couples/families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict and challenging life experiences which require understanding, support, and specific skills learned in treatment. My therapeutic approach is person centered by working together as a team to set and achieve goals.
I'm Keena Reddin, a licensed certified Social Worker, and the founder of CEDBW. My goal is to provide each patient with knowledge, appropriate treatment that is individualized, and most importantly support for experiencing a better quality of life. I have been in practice for several years, and have a true passion for the care I get to provide individuals each and every day. I specialize in the outpatient treatment of Eating Disorders by providing necessary medical/medication support, meal planning, and placement of a higher level of care when appropriate. I also provide treatment for individuals/couples/families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship conflict and challenging life experiences which require understanding, support, and specific skills learned in treatment. My therapeutic approach is person centered by working together as a team to set and achieve goals.
(855) 838-3974 View (855) 838-3974
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Charles E Winton Jr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MMFT, EMDR-II, NCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38101
Charles works with individuals as well as couples, trauma clients, and those suffering from PTSD including Veterans.
Concentrations:Marriage and Family Counseling Premarital Counseling Couple Therapy Trauma Adolescents Individual Anger Management Group Therapy
Charles works with individuals as well as couples, trauma clients, and those suffering from PTSD including Veterans.
Concentrations:Marriage and Family Counseling Premarital Counseling Couple Therapy Trauma Adolescents Individual Anger Management Group Therapy
(901) 295-0484 View (901) 295-0484
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Molly K. Fleming
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, YT
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38107
There is no substitute for compassion in the counseling relationship. I believe in a whole-person approach. This means that everything is relevant: family of origin, unwanted life events, current relationships, physical health and well being, and everyday coping challenges. I assist my clients with life transitions, grief, early childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, relationship challenges, and spiritual issues. I endorse and have expertise in mindfulness-based practices and 12+ years of Hospice experience. Strengths: trusting relationships with my clients.
There is no substitute for compassion in the counseling relationship. I believe in a whole-person approach. This means that everything is relevant: family of origin, unwanted life events, current relationships, physical health and well being, and everyday coping challenges. I assist my clients with life transitions, grief, early childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, relationship challenges, and spiritual issues. I endorse and have expertise in mindfulness-based practices and 12+ years of Hospice experience. Strengths: trusting relationships with my clients.
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Leah E. Newman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, MEd, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 37501  (Online Only)
LGBTQ+. Gender. Sexuality. Alternative Spirituality. Adult ADHD Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Kink. Sex Work. Vegan. Life Coaching. Tarot. Reiki. Virtual. 420 Friendly. Anxiety. Depression. . BPD. Couples. Meditation. I specialize in gender transitions, LGBTQ+ living, alternative spiritualities, and mindfulness. Don't worry, our straight friends are always welcome too! Find out more at www.LeahNewmanCounseling.com
LGBTQ+. Gender. Sexuality. Alternative Spirituality. Adult ADHD Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Kink. Sex Work. Vegan. Life Coaching. Tarot. Reiki. Virtual. 420 Friendly. Anxiety. Depression. . BPD. Couples. Meditation. I specialize in gender transitions, LGBTQ+ living, alternative spiritualities, and mindfulness. Don't worry, our straight friends are always welcome too! Find out more at www.LeahNewmanCounseling.com
(615) 745-3862 View (615) 745-3862
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Mental Health Resources/MPC
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD, LPCMHSP, NCC, CRC, CHWC
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38177
Dr. Tyra Watts is a temporary LPC/MHSP. Much of her work entails working with individuals with co-occurring disorders and helping clients manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, career issues, relationship issues, and substance use. She believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and cooperatively assists her clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. She uses integrative approaches for all individuals and issues, she draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.
Dr. Tyra Watts is a temporary LPC/MHSP. Much of her work entails working with individuals with co-occurring disorders and helping clients manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, career issues, relationship issues, and substance use. She believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and cooperatively assists her clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. She uses integrative approaches for all individuals and issues, she draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.
(901) 627-1876 View (901) 627-1876
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The Self-care Experience, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
I specialize in Anxiety, Self-image and Identify, Challenging Life Transitions & Relationship Hurt.
The Self-care Experience provides dedicated counseling & coaching services for women who juggle multiple roles and don't put themselves first. We are intentional about helping women understand the true meaning and value of self-care . If you feel burned out, anxious & stressed, this is an indicator that you are not taking good care of yourself. Maybe you struggle with setting healthy boundaries and you feel unappreciated, unseen and unheard in your relationships. Utilizing a holistic approach to therapy we focus on healing from the inside out and promoting mental, emotional, physical, relational and spiritual balance. Time to heal!
I specialize in Anxiety, Self-image and Identify, Challenging Life Transitions & Relationship Hurt.
The Self-care Experience provides dedicated counseling & coaching services for women who juggle multiple roles and don't put themselves first. We are intentional about helping women understand the true meaning and value of self-care . If you feel burned out, anxious & stressed, this is an indicator that you are not taking good care of yourself. Maybe you struggle with setting healthy boundaries and you feel unappreciated, unseen and unheard in your relationships. Utilizing a holistic approach to therapy we focus on healing from the inside out and promoting mental, emotional, physical, relational and spiritual balance. Time to heal!
(901) 614-2370 View (901) 614-2370
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Dr. Carol Stoney
Counselor, PhD, LPC, MHSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
Healthy relationships are not the mystery that most of us believe them to be. Love may be the reason that we commit to a relationship, but few know how to sustain that wonderful, secure feeling. There are skills that all of us must learn in order to create and manage our relationships so that our dreams don't go the way of statistics and have us end up separated from our loved one. While individual therapy has been linked to worsening relationship issues, my research-based training provides the opposite: HOPE. Let me work with you to stop the negative patterns that are taking you away from the partnership you wish to have.
Healthy relationships are not the mystery that most of us believe them to be. Love may be the reason that we commit to a relationship, but few know how to sustain that wonderful, secure feeling. There are skills that all of us must learn in order to create and manage our relationships so that our dreams don't go the way of statistics and have us end up separated from our loved one. While individual therapy has been linked to worsening relationship issues, my research-based training provides the opposite: HOPE. Let me work with you to stop the negative patterns that are taking you away from the partnership you wish to have.
(423) 300-6992 View (423) 300-6992
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Alex Smith Counseling
Counselor, LPC-, MHSP, NCC
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38107  (Online Only)
::You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. {excerpt from Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese):: When seeking help, the therapeutic relationship is where it all starts. My desire is to offer a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate foundation for each person I share space with. I want you to believe, as much as I do, in your own inherent resilience and capacity to self- heal.
::You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. {excerpt from Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese):: When seeking help, the therapeutic relationship is where it all starts. My desire is to offer a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate foundation for each person I share space with. I want you to believe, as much as I do, in your own inherent resilience and capacity to self- heal.
(901) 350-5241 View (901) 350-5241
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Cynthia R Cox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103  (Online Only)
I have experience in treating a wide array of problems; depression, anxiety, domestic violence, anger/aggression, grief, trauma, academic issues, relationship issues, parenting problems, and more.
Life can be difficult at times. It is nice to have someone you can confide in about life struggles you are experiencing. Pain unfortunately is a part of the human experience. There are many reasons we may seek therapy, but regardless of your reason, we could all benefit from a little extra support in life, especially when times are rough. I am dedicated to helping individuals, adolescents, and families.
I have experience in treating a wide array of problems; depression, anxiety, domestic violence, anger/aggression, grief, trauma, academic issues, relationship issues, parenting problems, and more.
Life can be difficult at times. It is nice to have someone you can confide in about life struggles you are experiencing. Pain unfortunately is a part of the human experience. There are many reasons we may seek therapy, but regardless of your reason, we could all benefit from a little extra support in life, especially when times are rough. I am dedicated to helping individuals, adolescents, and families.
(931) 213-3995 View (931) 213-3995
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Shadeau Rhodes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CFTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38105
Waitlist for new clients
I am available to provide counseling to clients ages 6 and older for individual, couples and family issues.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page! My goal is to treat the whole person and meet clients where they are in the healing journey. I believe each person is the expert of their own experience and that everyone deserves to live their most beautiful life despite the many challenges and struggles that life brings. I believe everyone has innate strengths that help them through life's difficulties. I enjoy helping clients regain control over their experiences by enhancing their strengths, teaching new skills to cope, processing stresses of life, and defining goals for their future.
I am available to provide counseling to clients ages 6 and older for individual, couples and family issues.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page! My goal is to treat the whole person and meet clients where they are in the healing journey. I believe each person is the expert of their own experience and that everyone deserves to live their most beautiful life despite the many challenges and struggles that life brings. I believe everyone has innate strengths that help them through life's difficulties. I enjoy helping clients regain control over their experiences by enhancing their strengths, teaching new skills to cope, processing stresses of life, and defining goals for their future.
(901) 308-6991 View (901) 308-6991
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LaToya Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38106  (Online Only)
I provide support in the following areas: Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Parenting Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, and Stress related to parenting/co-parenting/single parenting.
I'm a licensed master social worker in Middle Tennessee with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. I enjoy working with women, specifically mothers, who need help managing symptoms of trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe we all possess the ability to heal and consider it an honor to guide you in your journey to healing through the use of Mindfulness and CBT.
I provide support in the following areas: Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Parenting Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, and Stress related to parenting/co-parenting/single parenting.
I'm a licensed master social worker in Middle Tennessee with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. I enjoy working with women, specifically mothers, who need help managing symptoms of trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe we all possess the ability to heal and consider it an honor to guide you in your journey to healing through the use of Mindfulness and CBT.
(615) 709-5020 View (615) 709-5020
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Ali Austin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
I believe the therapeutic relationship is an organic experience that cannot be created elsewhere. My experience has shown me that each of us walks our own path and that no two are the same. Having support while walking your path can be just the thing to make the difference. I strive to provide safety so that you can talk about your life, your family, your pain, and sit in the tension to ultimately begin living more authentically. I work from a holistic approach; given that, we will develop the best course of treatment for your needs, together.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is an organic experience that cannot be created elsewhere. My experience has shown me that each of us walks our own path and that no two are the same. Having support while walking your path can be just the thing to make the difference. I strive to provide safety so that you can talk about your life, your family, your pain, and sit in the tension to ultimately begin living more authentically. I work from a holistic approach; given that, we will develop the best course of treatment for your needs, together.
(901) 446-1996 View (901) 446-1996
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Renée Roark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38145
My approach appeals to motivated individuals, couples, and families with the desire to break free from problematic and toxic patterns.
Therapy offers an opportunity to heal, learn, discover, and grow into who we want to truly be in this world. The root of most suffering comes from the wounds childhood and lifelong trauma leave behind. So much can happen to us from the womb to who we are today. Therapy provides a journey from who you are to who you want to be. I enjoy working with clients who have goals and desires to work through trauma and problematic symptoms and towards lasting healing and personal growth. Let me help guide you on a healing adventure towards your therapeutic goals.
My approach appeals to motivated individuals, couples, and families with the desire to break free from problematic and toxic patterns.
Therapy offers an opportunity to heal, learn, discover, and grow into who we want to truly be in this world. The root of most suffering comes from the wounds childhood and lifelong trauma leave behind. So much can happen to us from the womb to who we are today. Therapy provides a journey from who you are to who you want to be. I enjoy working with clients who have goals and desires to work through trauma and problematic symptoms and towards lasting healing and personal growth. Let me help guide you on a healing adventure towards your therapeutic goals.
(731) 316-0089 View (731) 316-0089
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Hannah May
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38103
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel like you're in constant conflict with your spouse, a friend, or family member? Is it hard to express what you want in relationships, and you feel like you keep getting stuck? Relationships, whether with partners, children, family members, or friends, are often the source of our greatest joys and most painful heartaches. You want to enjoy your time with your favorite people. The first step is to understand and cope with your own needs and emotions so that you can learn to clearly express them to your loved ones and feel understood.
Do you feel like you're in constant conflict with your spouse, a friend, or family member? Is it hard to express what you want in relationships, and you feel like you keep getting stuck? Relationships, whether with partners, children, family members, or friends, are often the source of our greatest joys and most painful heartaches. You want to enjoy your time with your favorite people. The first step is to understand and cope with your own needs and emotions so that you can learn to clearly express them to your loved ones and feel understood.
(901) 665-0972 View (901) 665-0972
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Whitney Coulombe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 38105
Whitney seeks to establish a caring relationship and assist you in identifying your strengths and building on them to gain a better sense of overall wellbeing.
Whitney Coulombe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping adolescents, adults, and couples address their unique challenges in order for them to gain a better sense of overall peace and well-being. Whitney specializes in anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, and relationship issues. Whitney completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Tennessee. She views the counseling experience as a collaborative process, focusing on the uniqueness of each individual.
Whitney seeks to establish a caring relationship and assist you in identifying your strengths and building on them to gain a better sense of overall wellbeing.
Whitney Coulombe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping adolescents, adults, and couples address their unique challenges in order for them to gain a better sense of overall peace and well-being. Whitney specializes in anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, stress, and relationship issues. Whitney completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Tennessee. She views the counseling experience as a collaborative process, focusing on the uniqueness of each individual.
(901) 660-2341 View (901) 660-2341
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Success Brand - Counseling and Coaching
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS
Verified
Downtown, Memphis, TN 37544  (Online Only)
I've brought together the Success Brand team, a talented pool of counselors and coaches that have experience helping clients heal from childhood abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual), post-traumatic stress disorder, heartbreak recovery, relationship endings, relationship/partnership development, divorce issues, betrayal, affair recovery, and many more.
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in the state of Georgia. I help children and adults overcome the negative effects that stressful or traumatic life experiences have on how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
I've brought together the Success Brand team, a talented pool of counselors and coaches that have experience helping clients heal from childhood abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual), post-traumatic stress disorder, heartbreak recovery, relationship endings, relationship/partnership development, divorce issues, betrayal, affair recovery, and many more.
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in the state of Georgia. I help children and adults overcome the negative effects that stressful or traumatic life experiences have on how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
(470) 517-6868 View (470) 517-6868

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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.