Marriage Counseling Therapists in Austin, TX

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Photo of Rachael Ashcraft, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Rachael Ashcraft
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT-A
Verified
Austin, TX 78737
Do you often find yourself filled with anxiety about things in the future, setting boundaries, or your relationships in general? Do you sometimes have intrusive thoughts related to current stressors or past trauma? This is exhausting, and you deserve relief. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT-A), who is trained in working with couples and individuals, as well as EMDR therapy for individuals.
Do you often find yourself filled with anxiety about things in the future, setting boundaries, or your relationships in general? Do you sometimes have intrusive thoughts related to current stressors or past trauma? This is exhausting, and you deserve relief. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFT-A), who is trained in working with couples and individuals, as well as EMDR therapy for individuals.
(512) 706-9794 View (512) 706-9794
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Lara Dye
Psychologist, MS, PhD, CSAT
Verified
Austin, TX 78745
I also have many years of experience helping couples with marriage and relationship counseling.
My work focuses on helping people struggling with addiction and/or symptoms resulting from childhood relational trauma Over 25 years of experience, I have seen that childhood experiences of neglect or emotional, physical and sexual abuse can cause serious psychological problems. 'Less than nurturing' parenting can cause adulthood anxiety, depression and addiction. Many of my clients have struggled with addictive behaviors using substances (alcohol, drugs) or processes (sex, love, work) to deal with emotional pain. There is a high correlation between painful childhood experiences and addictive behaviors.
I also have many years of experience helping couples with marriage and relationship counseling.
My work focuses on helping people struggling with addiction and/or symptoms resulting from childhood relational trauma Over 25 years of experience, I have seen that childhood experiences of neglect or emotional, physical and sexual abuse can cause serious psychological problems. 'Less than nurturing' parenting can cause adulthood anxiety, depression and addiction. Many of my clients have struggled with addictive behaviors using substances (alcohol, drugs) or processes (sex, love, work) to deal with emotional pain. There is a high correlation between painful childhood experiences and addictive behaviors.
(512) 872-4585 View (512) 872-4585
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Chad Routon (Enteave Counseling)
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCDC
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
Each person has the gifts needed to take on any challenge. Sometimes people just need a little help unlocking those gifts. That is where I come in. I am here to support and empower you from the very first counseling session. A licensed marriage and family therapist and a chemical dependency counselor, I work with individuals and couples on a variety of issues.
Each person has the gifts needed to take on any challenge. Sometimes people just need a little help unlocking those gifts. That is where I come in. I am here to support and empower you from the very first counseling session. A licensed marriage and family therapist and a chemical dependency counselor, I work with individuals and couples on a variety of issues.
(512) 798-0785 View (512) 798-0785
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Julianna Navarro
Counselor, LPC
Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My expertise is premarital counseling, couples and marriage counseling, as well as divorce therapy.
Welcome! Starting something new can feel scary, but it doesn't have to be difficult. I specialize in working with individuals (18+ only) and couples on a variety of relationship concerns. I also help clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, and phase of life concerns. I understand that every person is unique in their own way, so I tailor each session to fit your needs and we create meaningful goals to work on together. Over time, you will find more daily life satisfaction and a purpose to begin living each day as the best version of yourself.
My expertise is premarital counseling, couples and marriage counseling, as well as divorce therapy.
Welcome! Starting something new can feel scary, but it doesn't have to be difficult. I specialize in working with individuals (18+ only) and couples on a variety of relationship concerns. I also help clients who struggle with anxiety, stress, and phase of life concerns. I understand that every person is unique in their own way, so I tailor each session to fit your needs and we create meaningful goals to work on together. Over time, you will find more daily life satisfaction and a purpose to begin living each day as the best version of yourself.
(737) 637-4208 View (737) 637-4208
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MIND Systemic Psychotherapy & Relational Expertise
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dr. Haselmayer Fayed, licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor. What would you like to change in your relationships? What's on your MIND? You don't have to navigate this on your own. For over a decade, I've dedicated my expertise to working with many people in their quest for change and happiness. There isn't much I haven't seen or helped with. Don't wait any longer. Call me today! As a psychology professor, I instruct master's and doctoral students, engage in research, and have published my research studies. My dedication to academia and research gives me effective tools to work with what's challenging you.
Hello, I'm Dr. Haselmayer Fayed, licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor. What would you like to change in your relationships? What's on your MIND? You don't have to navigate this on your own. For over a decade, I've dedicated my expertise to working with many people in their quest for change and happiness. There isn't much I haven't seen or helped with. Don't wait any longer. Call me today! As a psychology professor, I instruct master's and doctoral students, engage in research, and have published my research studies. My dedication to academia and research gives me effective tools to work with what's challenging you.
(210) 796-8455 View (210) 796-8455
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Margaret Ann (Bonny) Gardner Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
I also specialize in marriage and family therapy.
I work with a broad cross section of clients and welcome diversity in my practice. If clients are motivated, attend sessions regularly, and receptive to suggestions and homework , I can usually help them overcome their symptoms and achieve a new sense of freedom. I empower my clients to improve their coping and problem-solving skills to live more effectively and happily. I work regularly with depression, anxiety, marital /relationship issues,and victimization.Clients coping with medical problems and older adults are a specialty and women's mental health and recovery from substance abuse. I enjoy helping clients with workplace challenges
I also specialize in marriage and family therapy.
I work with a broad cross section of clients and welcome diversity in my practice. If clients are motivated, attend sessions regularly, and receptive to suggestions and homework , I can usually help them overcome their symptoms and achieve a new sense of freedom. I empower my clients to improve their coping and problem-solving skills to live more effectively and happily. I work regularly with depression, anxiety, marital /relationship issues,and victimization.Clients coping with medical problems and older adults are a specialty and women's mental health and recovery from substance abuse. I enjoy helping clients with workplace challenges
(512) 368-7392 View (512) 368-7392
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Respark Therapy & Associates
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST, AASECT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-S).
Need a Certified Sex Therapist or Couple's Therapist? Having relationship issues? Feeling disconnected or is the spark gone? If you have questions, we can help. We work with individuals and couples who are struggling with their relationships and/or sexuality. Together we can resolve conflicts and light the fire by learning practical tools that will stick. Whether it's constant conflict or difficulty connecting, there is hope. We help clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, and find passion and meaning in their relationships and lives. We are non-judgmental and affirming to all lifestyles, orientations, and relationship practices.
I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-S).
Need a Certified Sex Therapist or Couple's Therapist? Having relationship issues? Feeling disconnected or is the spark gone? If you have questions, we can help. We work with individuals and couples who are struggling with their relationships and/or sexuality. Together we can resolve conflicts and light the fire by learning practical tools that will stick. Whether it's constant conflict or difficulty connecting, there is hope. We help clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, and find passion and meaning in their relationships and lives. We are non-judgmental and affirming to all lifestyles, orientations, and relationship practices.
(512) 337-4754 View (512) 337-4754
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James Shaw
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA
Verified
Austin, TX 78726
I provide compassionate and confidential therapy and counseling services to adults and couples. Whether you seek marital or couples therapy or individual help for adjustment issues, anger management or stress, I am prepared to help in a warm, supportive environment. I will help to create positive changes and support your finding of positive solutions to enhance your quality of life. I am trained with the most current psychological research offering individualized treatment plans. I provide secured video therapy at no additional cost to those who don't want to deal with traffic or live to far to come to the office.
I provide compassionate and confidential therapy and counseling services to adults and couples. Whether you seek marital or couples therapy or individual help for adjustment issues, anger management or stress, I am prepared to help in a warm, supportive environment. I will help to create positive changes and support your finding of positive solutions to enhance your quality of life. I am trained with the most current psychological research offering individualized treatment plans. I provide secured video therapy at no additional cost to those who don't want to deal with traffic or live to far to come to the office.
(512) 829-3626 View (512) 829-3626
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Derek Leighton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT-S, LPC-S, CST, EMDR
Verified
Austin, TX 78703
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an EMDR Approved Consultant.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist available to help you experience relationships and sexuality in self-defined, healthy ways. Are you looking for more satisfaction in life? Or maybe struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors? I believe it's important that you find a therapist that is the right fit for you. I offer counseling services to Couples, Individuals, and Families. After spending 23 years in high tech, my passion for helping others develop their careers and seek personal growth led to a natural transition to working as a psychotherapist.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an EMDR Approved Consultant.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist available to help you experience relationships and sexuality in self-defined, healthy ways. Are you looking for more satisfaction in life? Or maybe struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors? I believe it's important that you find a therapist that is the right fit for you. I offer counseling services to Couples, Individuals, and Families. After spending 23 years in high tech, my passion for helping others develop their careers and seek personal growth led to a natural transition to working as a psychotherapist.
(512) 649-0216 View (512) 649-0216
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Dr. Mitch and Lisa Marriages/Couples Workshops
PsyD, MSW
Austin, TX 78735
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
(512) 991-9396 View (512) 991-9396
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Christian Counseling Austin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA, LPC
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Marriage counseling is a process that requires commitment.
It can be very frustrating to be misunderstood by your spouse or your partner. You probably have a hard time communicating with each other. You probably find yourselves fighting about seemingly minor issues. You might be hurting and even feel a great deal of anger and resentment. You tried hard to fix the situation yourself or even hoped it would go away but you always seem to end up fighting again. You may even feel defeated because of the frequent arguing and worried about the future of your relationship. You know its time to get some help.
Marriage counseling is a process that requires commitment.
It can be very frustrating to be misunderstood by your spouse or your partner. You probably have a hard time communicating with each other. You probably find yourselves fighting about seemingly minor issues. You might be hurting and even feel a great deal of anger and resentment. You tried hard to fix the situation yourself or even hoped it would go away but you always seem to end up fighting again. You may even feel defeated because of the frequent arguing and worried about the future of your relationship. You know its time to get some help.
(512) 843-8181 View (512) 843-8181
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Mary Webb-Tafoya, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LPCC, NCC, CMS-CHt
Verified
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
Texas, Arizona, and Washington licensed in working with crisis, trauma intervention, prevention, grief, bereavement, clinical hypnotherapy, disease, illness, and chronic pain, sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, combat trauma, reintegration issues, GLBT issues, sexual dysfunction, marriage, family, stress and anger management.
Currently only accepting clients for Teletherapy. The individual who seeks to improve their quality of life would greatly benefit from having me as their counselor. Each session is goal-oriented and an educational process towards insight and awareness which can greatly improve a client's perspective of themselves; the world; and themselves in the world. I believe in short term, brief solution focused therapy to maximize time and therapeutic interventions. I strive to form a therapeutic alliance with my clients and act as a guide and mentor through all of life's challenges. For more information, go to marywebbtafoyapllc.com
Texas, Arizona, and Washington licensed in working with crisis, trauma intervention, prevention, grief, bereavement, clinical hypnotherapy, disease, illness, and chronic pain, sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, combat trauma, reintegration issues, GLBT issues, sexual dysfunction, marriage, family, stress and anger management.
Currently only accepting clients for Teletherapy. The individual who seeks to improve their quality of life would greatly benefit from having me as their counselor. Each session is goal-oriented and an educational process towards insight and awareness which can greatly improve a client's perspective of themselves; the world; and themselves in the world. I believe in short term, brief solution focused therapy to maximize time and therapeutic interventions. I strive to form a therapeutic alliance with my clients and act as a guide and mentor through all of life's challenges. For more information, go to marywebbtafoyapllc.com
(915) 228-2153 View (915) 228-2153
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Ali Houshmand
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPC
Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Seeking support after the death of a loved one, or preparing for the death of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The focus of my work is to support individuals, families, couples, and children/teenagers when they are dealing with the challenges of loss due to an illness or other issues related to loss. I strive to help my clients cope with the difficult prospects of loss such as death, suicide, divorce, marital discord, terminal illness, chronic illness, job loss, and the challenges it brings to the client, and their family.
Seeking support after the death of a loved one, or preparing for the death of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The focus of my work is to support individuals, families, couples, and children/teenagers when they are dealing with the challenges of loss due to an illness or other issues related to loss. I strive to help my clients cope with the difficult prospects of loss such as death, suicide, divorce, marital discord, terminal illness, chronic illness, job loss, and the challenges it brings to the client, and their family.
(512) 764-1045 View (512) 764-1045
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Sarah Romer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMFT
Verified
Austin, TX 78759
I also work with those dealing with a life transition, adjustment or interpersonal issues, mood disorders like depression, anxiety, marital conflict, parenting struggles, and chronic illness.
No problem is too big or too small to work on in counseling. If something is causing you pain or distress, it’s worth addressing. I am here to help you discover new ways to manage your life in a way that is genuine for you. While counseling can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, most find hope and strength throughout the process, as well as increased well-being during and after therapy. I am passionate about helping people overcome difficult situations, and helping each individual shine as the best version of her, them or himself.
I also work with those dealing with a life transition, adjustment or interpersonal issues, mood disorders like depression, anxiety, marital conflict, parenting struggles, and chronic illness.
No problem is too big or too small to work on in counseling. If something is causing you pain or distress, it’s worth addressing. I am here to help you discover new ways to manage your life in a way that is genuine for you. While counseling can be a difficult and emotionally taxing experience, most find hope and strength throughout the process, as well as increased well-being during and after therapy. I am passionate about helping people overcome difficult situations, and helping each individual shine as the best version of her, them or himself.
(737) 204-5944 View (737) 204-5944
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Marty Romero Brickley, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745
Life Problems * Depression * Anxiety * Life Transitions * Pain Grief & Loss * Marital & Relationship Issues * Fears & Phobias * Parenting Issues * Trauma/PTSD * Existential Issues.
I provide counseling for individuals, couples, marriages and families. I also provide individual sessions for Meridian Tapping and iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation. I integrate Imago, Meridian Tapping and meditation to empower you in learning to navigate your life and relationships. I guide you in exploring body feelings, emotions and beliefs as well as your relationship systems. I will guide you in learning how to become safe with yourself and how to be empowered in the present while living in the world. I look forward to working with you. I will treat your concerns with the utmost respect and with complete confidentiality.
Life Problems * Depression * Anxiety * Life Transitions * Pain Grief & Loss * Marital & Relationship Issues * Fears & Phobias * Parenting Issues * Trauma/PTSD * Existential Issues.
I provide counseling for individuals, couples, marriages and families. I also provide individual sessions for Meridian Tapping and iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation. I integrate Imago, Meridian Tapping and meditation to empower you in learning to navigate your life and relationships. I guide you in exploring body feelings, emotions and beliefs as well as your relationship systems. I will guide you in learning how to become safe with yourself and how to be empowered in the present while living in the world. I look forward to working with you. I will treat your concerns with the utmost respect and with complete confidentiality.
(512) 354-2813 View (512) 354-2813
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Albert Bellard, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
I offer individual, relationship/marital and family therapy.
Hi and thanks for checking out my Psychology Today profile.... I've worked for 30 years as a psychotherapist in the Austin area . My approach to my work is inclusive of mindfulness, compassion, graciousness and humility, always respectful of the notion that the client is ultimately the expert on and the decision maker for his/her life. Please visit my website for more about me and my work. All the best to you!
I offer individual, relationship/marital and family therapy.
Hi and thanks for checking out my Psychology Today profile.... I've worked for 30 years as a psychotherapist in the Austin area . My approach to my work is inclusive of mindfulness, compassion, graciousness and humility, always respectful of the notion that the client is ultimately the expert on and the decision maker for his/her life. Please visit my website for more about me and my work. All the best to you!
(512) 523-4823 View (512) 523-4823
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Susan Wendelin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Austin, TX 78747
Sue Wendelin is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT) who has over 36 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a wide variety of treatment needs. She specializes in assisting clients who are struggling with career-related issues, coping skills, family conflict, grief, mental stress, parenting, academic issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger issues, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, and more.
Sue Wendelin is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist (LMFT) who has over 36 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families with a wide variety of treatment needs. She specializes in assisting clients who are struggling with career-related issues, coping skills, family conflict, grief, mental stress, parenting, academic issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger issues, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, and more.
(512) 607-9692 View (512) 607-9692
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Darbi Armstrong Peterson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Specializing in individual, family, marriage, co-parenting, and sex therapy.
Bloom Mental Health is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients through compassionate and effective psychotherapy services. Our team of therapists are carefully selected based on their ability to connect with clients on a deep level and help them find healing and transformation. We're excited to welcome new therapists to the team soon!
Specializing in individual, family, marriage, co-parenting, and sex therapy.
Bloom Mental Health is dedicated to improving the lives of our clients through compassionate and effective psychotherapy services. Our team of therapists are carefully selected based on their ability to connect with clients on a deep level and help them find healing and transformation. We're excited to welcome new therapists to the team soon!
(512) 859-5798 View (512) 859-5798
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Zachary Durham
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Austin, TX 78723
Welcome! My name is Zachary Durham, M.S. and I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have been an active counselor for the past 15 years and have specialized in marriage and family therapy for most of my career. My areas of focus include anxiety, coping skills, depression, family conflict, stress, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, and self esteem, amongst others. I have also worked in the hospital setting for 12 years and specialized in brain injury recovery and grief therapy.
Welcome! My name is Zachary Durham, M.S. and I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have been an active counselor for the past 15 years and have specialized in marriage and family therapy for most of my career. My areas of focus include anxiety, coping skills, depression, family conflict, stress, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, and self esteem, amongst others. I have also worked in the hospital setting for 12 years and specialized in brain injury recovery and grief therapy.
(737) 377-6128 View (737) 377-6128
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Leah Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD
Verified
Austin, TX 78748
Waitlist for new clients
I’ve been a licensed marriage and family therapist for over 20 years.
Are you and your partner having problems with communication or a lack of intimacy? I work with couples to help you find your way to a happier, healthier relationship. I also work with individuals to help them with stress management, anxiety, and women's issues.
I’ve been a licensed marriage and family therapist for over 20 years.
Are you and your partner having problems with communication or a lack of intimacy? I work with couples to help you find your way to a happier, healthier relationship. I also work with individuals to help them with stress management, anxiety, and women's issues.
(512) 846-9178 View (512) 846-9178

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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.