Marriage Counseling Therapists in Nashville, TN

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alter-nativehealing
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
I have been in the field for over 27 years. I have experience helping people of all ages with anxiety, panic, disorder, and trauma. I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, and Herbalist. I have found that combining cognitive behavior therapy, E.F.T., and exploring an individual's core limiting beliefs can be practical tools. As many of these tools have been helpful to me in my own healing journey.
I have been in the field for over 27 years. I have experience helping people of all ages with anxiety, panic, disorder, and trauma. I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, and Herbalist. I have found that combining cognitive behavior therapy, E.F.T., and exploring an individual's core limiting beliefs can be practical tools. As many of these tools have been helpful to me in my own healing journey.
(203) 349-6672 View (203) 349-6672
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Jen Maynard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37204
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and work with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, grief, depression, relational and marital stress, blended families, family conflict, and other issues. I also offer both Brainspotting and EMDR.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and work with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, grief, depression, relational and marital stress, blended families, family conflict, and other issues. I also offer both Brainspotting and EMDR.
(615) 235-6687 View (615) 235-6687
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Dr. King A Counts
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMin, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
My aim is to serve my clients by providing excellent caring and effective therapy while respecting each client's individuality. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Christian minister. I love helping people heal and progress. I provide online therapy. I have extensive experience helping people not only as a clinical therapist but also as a consultant and approved supervisor. I am very experienced helping with trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger using EMDR and many other approaches. I am also highly skilled in doing marriage and family therapy and have helped many couples and families develop happy relationships.
My aim is to serve my clients by providing excellent caring and effective therapy while respecting each client's individuality. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Christian minister. I love helping people heal and progress. I provide online therapy. I have extensive experience helping people not only as a clinical therapist but also as a consultant and approved supervisor. I am very experienced helping with trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger using EMDR and many other approaches. I am also highly skilled in doing marriage and family therapy and have helped many couples and families develop happy relationships.
(615) 697-4077 View (615) 697-4077
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Caitlin Foote
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
As a therapist, I believe that growth happens in relationship. Therapy is a collaborative process, and my goal is to provide a safe environment where curiosity, compassion, and connection can forge a path to healing. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working from an attachment lens and a person-centered approach with a background in trauma and relational issues. I work with individuals and couples and have a particular interest in women's health and maternal mental health including infertility, loss, and navigating the pregnancy and postpartum period, as well as the changing relationship between partners during this time.
As a therapist, I believe that growth happens in relationship. Therapy is a collaborative process, and my goal is to provide a safe environment where curiosity, compassion, and connection can forge a path to healing. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working from an attachment lens and a person-centered approach with a background in trauma and relational issues. I work with individuals and couples and have a particular interest in women's health and maternal mental health including infertility, loss, and navigating the pregnancy and postpartum period, as well as the changing relationship between partners during this time.
(615) 696-6341 View (615) 696-6341
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Lexie Holcomb
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
This private practice is unlike most others. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Briggs Institute, Inc. The therapists at the Institute are graduates of Lipscomb University's Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. As the only COAMFTE accredited program in Nashville, the Lipscomb MFT program has earned its reputation by meeting the highest academic and clinical experience standards in the country. Because we practice under the supervision of the Lipscomb MFT program faculty, we remain connected to academia. This means our work is informed by state-of-the-art research.
This private practice is unlike most others. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Briggs Institute, Inc. The therapists at the Institute are graduates of Lipscomb University's Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program. As the only COAMFTE accredited program in Nashville, the Lipscomb MFT program has earned its reputation by meeting the highest academic and clinical experience standards in the country. Because we practice under the supervision of the Lipscomb MFT program faculty, we remain connected to academia. This means our work is informed by state-of-the-art research.
(615) 247-6345 View (615) 247-6345
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Natalie Hoyt
Pre-Licensed Professional, TLMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Additionally, I am trained in Prepare/Enrich to work with couples both in the premarital and marital setting.
Every individual is worthy of healing and peace, and my favorite part about working with clients is working with them as they find the courage to live out this belief. Journeys of healing are sometimes scary, so using a holistic and collaborative approach, I endeavor to create a space that is nonjudgmental, safe, and peaceful as I aid clients in their work. My approach to therapy includes a combination of evidence-based practices including Restoration therapy and Internal Family Systems therapy, as well as Gottman Method interventions, common factors, and the expressive arts.
Additionally, I am trained in Prepare/Enrich to work with couples both in the premarital and marital setting.
Every individual is worthy of healing and peace, and my favorite part about working with clients is working with them as they find the courage to live out this belief. Journeys of healing are sometimes scary, so using a holistic and collaborative approach, I endeavor to create a space that is nonjudgmental, safe, and peaceful as I aid clients in their work. My approach to therapy includes a combination of evidence-based practices including Restoration therapy and Internal Family Systems therapy, as well as Gottman Method interventions, common factors, and the expressive arts.
(615) 205-9589 View (615) 205-9589
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Alex Van Fleet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37214
I am passionate about working with couples (dating, pre-marital, married) and families (parenting issues).
Let's be honest, relationships are hard work! Therapy takes intentional effort, vulnerability and persistence to bring about meaningful change in our lives. Before that change can occur, we must first learn what is going on. I want to help you identify the negative patterns in your life and provide tools to replace them with new life-giving actions and transforming truths to bring about healing and restoration in your relationships. Change is possible!
I am passionate about working with couples (dating, pre-marital, married) and families (parenting issues).
Let's be honest, relationships are hard work! Therapy takes intentional effort, vulnerability and persistence to bring about meaningful change in our lives. Before that change can occur, we must first learn what is going on. I want to help you identify the negative patterns in your life and provide tools to replace them with new life-giving actions and transforming truths to bring about healing and restoration in your relationships. Change is possible!
(615) 544-6068 View (615) 544-6068
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Keisha Munson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
I am committed to empowering this couple to embrace their cultural identities, fostering resilience, & equipping them with the necessary tools to not only overcome present obstacles but also embark on a shared path of love, growth, & understanding in their upcoming marital union.
As a clinical therapist, my ideal clients are a couple from a diverse background, particularly within the BIPOC community. Their presenting issues are communication barriers, lack of intimacy and trust, differences in expectations of one another. They have a lot of unresolved conflicts and would like to find a resolution to their situations and problems. They are seeking support and guidance as they navigate the journey of premarital challenges and prepare for married life. They want emotional and physical intimacy, to listen to each other and communicate in a more effective manner.
I am committed to empowering this couple to embrace their cultural identities, fostering resilience, & equipping them with the necessary tools to not only overcome present obstacles but also embark on a shared path of love, growth, & understanding in their upcoming marital union.
As a clinical therapist, my ideal clients are a couple from a diverse background, particularly within the BIPOC community. Their presenting issues are communication barriers, lack of intimacy and trust, differences in expectations of one another. They have a lot of unresolved conflicts and would like to find a resolution to their situations and problems. They are seeking support and guidance as they navigate the journey of premarital challenges and prepare for married life. They want emotional and physical intimacy, to listen to each other and communicate in a more effective manner.
(615) 285-6549 View (615) 285-6549
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Barbara Jo Koehnemann
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
Accepting new couples who desire a better relationship. Reactivity and emotional turmoil in relationships are often signs of potential growth. One of the most satisfying experiences in my work is coaching a couple or family toward a new way to communicate. A way that increases their connection to one another. It is an honor and privilege to facilitate and witness it everyday. As a licensed Marriage and Family, and Certified IMAGO Therapist, improving communication and increasing connectivity are what keep me motivated and charged to do what I do, day in and day out. I welcome the challenge of your relationships.
Accepting new couples who desire a better relationship. Reactivity and emotional turmoil in relationships are often signs of potential growth. One of the most satisfying experiences in my work is coaching a couple or family toward a new way to communicate. A way that increases their connection to one another. It is an honor and privilege to facilitate and witness it everyday. As a licensed Marriage and Family, and Certified IMAGO Therapist, improving communication and increasing connectivity are what keep me motivated and charged to do what I do, day in and day out. I welcome the challenge of your relationships.
(615) 395-6079 View (615) 395-6079
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Stephen Navyac
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is practicing in the Hillsboro Village area.
I work with individuals and couples and families who seek to improve their communication, intimacy and overall health in their own lives and relationships. I offer respectful, non-shaming, honest and insightful help for interacting with others in romantic, social and work environments. I have compassion, wisdom and insights for those that have experienced trauma, addiction, blurred boundaries and all levels (too much, or lack) of emotions in their upbringing, and current life situations and relationships. Life can be stressful, I offer tools and insights to help you navigate challenges.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is practicing in the Hillsboro Village area.
I work with individuals and couples and families who seek to improve their communication, intimacy and overall health in their own lives and relationships. I offer respectful, non-shaming, honest and insightful help for interacting with others in romantic, social and work environments. I have compassion, wisdom and insights for those that have experienced trauma, addiction, blurred boundaries and all levels (too much, or lack) of emotions in their upbringing, and current life situations and relationships. Life can be stressful, I offer tools and insights to help you navigate challenges.
(615) 392-3273 View (615) 392-3273
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Will Messer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Hey I’m Will Messer LCSW/LICSW and I provide Marriage Intensives, Couples Counseling, Individual Counseling, and Enneagram Coaching. I serve clients in person in Nashville and Clarksville, TN as well as clients on telehealth who reside all over Tennessee and West Virginia. I love helping people thrive in their life by harnessing the healing power of relationships. I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Level 2 Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Therapist (AEDP), and a Certified Enneagram Coach/Trainer.
Hey I’m Will Messer LCSW/LICSW and I provide Marriage Intensives, Couples Counseling, Individual Counseling, and Enneagram Coaching. I serve clients in person in Nashville and Clarksville, TN as well as clients on telehealth who reside all over Tennessee and West Virginia. I love helping people thrive in their life by harnessing the healing power of relationships. I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Level 2 Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Therapist (AEDP), and a Certified Enneagram Coach/Trainer.
(931) 202-9099 View (931) 202-9099
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Mallie Easterlin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
I hold a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.
Regardless of where you find yourself, you deserve to feel supported and heard. Life can bring many seasons. Some seasons can be challenging, making us question our worth and purpose. Other seasons feel permanent, leaving us feeling stuck and hopeless. Or maybe we experience a change, forcing us to shift and transition. My desire is to meet you exactly where you are, no matter the season you find yourself in. I hope to walk with you towards a place of growth as you realize your strengths and self-worth.
I hold a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.
Regardless of where you find yourself, you deserve to feel supported and heard. Life can bring many seasons. Some seasons can be challenging, making us question our worth and purpose. Other seasons feel permanent, leaving us feeling stuck and hopeless. Or maybe we experience a change, forcing us to shift and transition. My desire is to meet you exactly where you are, no matter the season you find yourself in. I hope to walk with you towards a place of growth as you realize your strengths and self-worth.
(615) 492-3529 View (615) 492-3529
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Chris Roberts
MA, LPC-MHS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
**EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE** I enjoy working with individuals, marriages, and couples who have the courage to enter the heartache of their past or current struggles, and creatively collaborate to find new ways to thrive and live and love more fully. I have experience with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, marital dissastifaction, OCD, and divorce. As a professional counselor, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where a person can acknowledge their current limitations and begin to move forward in positive strides.
**EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE** I enjoy working with individuals, marriages, and couples who have the courage to enter the heartache of their past or current struggles, and creatively collaborate to find new ways to thrive and live and love more fully. I have experience with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, marital dissastifaction, OCD, and divorce. As a professional counselor, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where a person can acknowledge their current limitations and begin to move forward in positive strides.
(615) 745-3874 View (615) 745-3874
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Stephanie Barkett
MS, PPS
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
People seeking help are often looking for real-world guidance and solutions. For 23 years I have worked with couples, families and individuals to do just that. As a coach I will help with identifying goals, building confidence, and increasing your overall happiness by being your best self. You will find a trusting, knowledgeable environment that allows you to freely explore, identify your needs, and create a path to success. My past experience includes marriage and family therapy, school counseling with all ages, domestic violence counseling and currently divorce and custody mediation and life and relationship coaching.
People seeking help are often looking for real-world guidance and solutions. For 23 years I have worked with couples, families and individuals to do just that. As a coach I will help with identifying goals, building confidence, and increasing your overall happiness by being your best self. You will find a trusting, knowledgeable environment that allows you to freely explore, identify your needs, and create a path to success. My past experience includes marriage and family therapy, school counseling with all ages, domestic violence counseling and currently divorce and custody mediation and life and relationship coaching.
(615) 285-5338 View (615) 285-5338
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Julie Cousin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216  (Online Only)
I offer marital counseling and premarital counseling for seriously committed couples.
Offering Christian Therapy, Wellness and Life Coaching. Go to: Juliecousintherapy.com to request your free initial 10 min call. Broken relationships, addictions, spiritual issues, or an overall sense of dissatisfaction can distract from your true purpose. Do you find yourself stuck and frustrated? I can provide a confidential and nurturing environment to help you restore your physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness. Health, peace, and purpose are closer than you think. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I offer marital counseling and premarital counseling for seriously committed couples.
Offering Christian Therapy, Wellness and Life Coaching. Go to: Juliecousintherapy.com to request your free initial 10 min call. Broken relationships, addictions, spiritual issues, or an overall sense of dissatisfaction can distract from your true purpose. Do you find yourself stuck and frustrated? I can provide a confidential and nurturing environment to help you restore your physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness. Health, peace, and purpose are closer than you think. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
(615) 645-2351 View (615) 645-2351
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Adam Kohlan
Pre-Licensed Professional, TLMFT, MMFT, BBA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
My interests include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), complex trauma, couples therapy, marital distress, and life transitions.
Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed, or just lost in life? Does the pain you're experiencing feel constant and unremitting? This is a trying time, but there is a way through this turmoil; an opportunity for change. I work with individuals and couples who want a thorough therapy experience that is growth-oriented. Our relationships, our thinking, and our behaviors (and how they all work together) are key and are the focus of my work. I'm an authentic and compassionate guide that can help you create meaningful, long-lasting changes in your life. You can expect me to listen and engage with your process to get you where you want to be.
My interests include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), complex trauma, couples therapy, marital distress, and life transitions.
Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed, or just lost in life? Does the pain you're experiencing feel constant and unremitting? This is a trying time, but there is a way through this turmoil; an opportunity for change. I work with individuals and couples who want a thorough therapy experience that is growth-oriented. Our relationships, our thinking, and our behaviors (and how they all work together) are key and are the focus of my work. I'm an authentic and compassionate guide that can help you create meaningful, long-lasting changes in your life. You can expect me to listen and engage with your process to get you where you want to be.
(615) 235-6045 View (615) 235-6045
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Joash Koh
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, TLMFT, MMFT, MAPC, EFT-C, CCTP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
I curate my sessions to help you navigate these difficulties, allowing you to live with a greater sense of safety, connection, and satisfaction. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships and intimacy. With years of clinical experience, I help those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, feeling stuck, or relationship issues, including infidelity, complex trauma, and abuse. I have many years of clinical experience working with diverse individuals and couples. My clients love my authenticity and healing space to rejuvenate and grow in effective therapy that aligns with their goals and values.
I curate my sessions to help you navigate these difficulties, allowing you to live with a greater sense of safety, connection, and satisfaction. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships and intimacy. With years of clinical experience, I help those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, feeling stuck, or relationship issues, including infidelity, complex trauma, and abuse. I have many years of clinical experience working with diverse individuals and couples. My clients love my authenticity and healing space to rejuvenate and grow in effective therapy that aligns with their goals and values.
(615) 845-6236 View (615) 845-6236
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New Path Counseling & Consulting PLLC.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37217
As a solution focused therapist, my goal is to empower you to find your own strengths. My approach to therapy is to assist you to heal from past wounds and cope with current issues in nurturing and non-judgmental manner. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with many types of disorders - including learning difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Marital/Relationship problems, Anxiety, and Depression.
As a solution focused therapist, my goal is to empower you to find your own strengths. My approach to therapy is to assist you to heal from past wounds and cope with current issues in nurturing and non-judgmental manner. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with many types of disorders - including learning difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Marital/Relationship problems, Anxiety, and Depression.
(615) 455-3227 View (615) 455-3227
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Pamela K Haga / Wound Light Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37216
I am also trained in Relational Life Therapy, a couples' therapy created by Terry Real (author of "The New Rules of Marriage").
"The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You." ~ Rumi~ In one way or another, our souls have been bruised. Depression, anxiety, divorce/relationship issues, trauma, family crisis, & many other issues can slowly chip away at our self-worth, our sense of belonging, our hope. Do you seek a true, raw connection with yourself & others? Are you tired of fighting the "uphill battle" & seek peace in your life? I have no magic wand. I cannot make troubles disappear. I can, however, walk with you & give you the tools to find inner peace & love in the midst of chaos.
I am also trained in Relational Life Therapy, a couples' therapy created by Terry Real (author of "The New Rules of Marriage").
"The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You." ~ Rumi~ In one way or another, our souls have been bruised. Depression, anxiety, divorce/relationship issues, trauma, family crisis, & many other issues can slowly chip away at our self-worth, our sense of belonging, our hope. Do you seek a true, raw connection with yourself & others? Are you tired of fighting the "uphill battle" & seek peace in your life? I have no magic wand. I cannot make troubles disappear. I can, however, walk with you & give you the tools to find inner peace & love in the midst of chaos.
(615) 610-1454 View (615) 610-1454
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In Rhythm Therapy - Jeremy Cox, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215
Have you done all the things you were supposed to and still find yourself feeling disconnected, anxious, and filled with self-doubt? Despite your accomplishments you don’t feel the sense of fulfillment you expected. A big life change—maybe a breakup, new job, new marriage, or move—has highlighted the fact that you’re still not as happy or content as you want to be. Something is telling you that you need to make a shift (even if you’re not quite sure what it is). You’re ready to enjoy relationships that give you a sense of belonging and understanding and to feel confident in the direction your life is headed.
Have you done all the things you were supposed to and still find yourself feeling disconnected, anxious, and filled with self-doubt? Despite your accomplishments you don’t feel the sense of fulfillment you expected. A big life change—maybe a breakup, new job, new marriage, or move—has highlighted the fact that you’re still not as happy or content as you want to be. Something is telling you that you need to make a shift (even if you’re not quite sure what it is). You’re ready to enjoy relationships that give you a sense of belonging and understanding and to feel confident in the direction your life is headed.
(615) 637-3481 View (615) 637-3481

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.