Couples Counseling Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Vanessa Hooper
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98178  (Online Only)
As a multicultural therapist, I help individuals and couples recognize how institutions of power, environment, family dynamics and personal histories influence and shape identity, values and decision making. My approach supports clients to identify and challenge narratives negatively impacting their life, to uncover their path for transformation. I work with individuals and couples of all identities and relationship types, who are wanting a change and a desire to deepen their understanding of one another, work through trauma, explore setbacks in their relationships, and build a safe space for liberation, empowerment, and connection.
As a multicultural therapist, I help individuals and couples recognize how institutions of power, environment, family dynamics and personal histories influence and shape identity, values and decision making. My approach supports clients to identify and challenge narratives negatively impacting their life, to uncover their path for transformation. I work with individuals and couples of all identities and relationship types, who are wanting a change and a desire to deepen their understanding of one another, work through trauma, explore setbacks in their relationships, and build a safe space for liberation, empowerment, and connection.
(509) 776-7438 View (509) 776-7438
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Nashra Rahman
Counselor, JD, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Through our therapeutic relationship, we will work together to promote healing and growth that will help you reach your goals.
Life is complicated and we are all products of our upbringing, life experiences, and personal coping mechanisms. We are aware of some of these mechanisms and others, we are not. Whether it is a temporary set-back or a chronic condition, helping to uncover what lays beyond our consciousness and how that affects our thoughts, feelings, and behavior is a process that will lead to greater well-being, increased self-awareness, and fulfilling personal potential. I will work to understand your worldview, current constraints, existing resources and strengths, and apply an integrative theoretical approach.
Through our therapeutic relationship, we will work together to promote healing and growth that will help you reach your goals.
Life is complicated and we are all products of our upbringing, life experiences, and personal coping mechanisms. We are aware of some of these mechanisms and others, we are not. Whether it is a temporary set-back or a chronic condition, helping to uncover what lays beyond our consciousness and how that affects our thoughts, feelings, and behavior is a process that will lead to greater well-being, increased self-awareness, and fulfilling personal potential. I will work to understand your worldview, current constraints, existing resources and strengths, and apply an integrative theoretical approach.
(425) 249-3981 View (425) 249-3981
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Lexi Nudelman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with shame, self-criticism, people-pleasing, & perfectionism behaviors. I also specialize in grief/bereavement, trauma recovery and anxiety management. I also offer relationship therapy (family and/or romantic). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy and have training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and Gottman Method. I have completed Gottman Level 3 Practicum Training & accepting new couples!
I specialize in working with shame, self-criticism, people-pleasing, & perfectionism behaviors. I also specialize in grief/bereavement, trauma recovery and anxiety management. I also offer relationship therapy (family and/or romantic). I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy and have training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and Gottman Method. I have completed Gottman Level 3 Practicum Training & accepting new couples!
(253) 352-3832 View (253) 352-3832
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Sarah J Kyle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in couples therapy, where I help partners work toward relational repair after infidelity, betrayal, or ongoing conflict. I also work with individuals who want to work through attachment and relationship issues, identity development, spirituality, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Therapy is work that asks a great deal from us, but it also holds potential for meaningful change: to awaken to your own life, to make strides toward repairing broken bonds, and to imagine new possibilities and new ways of being, for yourself and for your relationships.
I specialize in couples therapy, where I help partners work toward relational repair after infidelity, betrayal, or ongoing conflict. I also work with individuals who want to work through attachment and relationship issues, identity development, spirituality, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Therapy is work that asks a great deal from us, but it also holds potential for meaningful change: to awaken to your own life, to make strides toward repairing broken bonds, and to imagine new possibilities and new ways of being, for yourself and for your relationships.
(206) 339-4277 View (206) 339-4277
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Mitch Singer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98199
Waitlist for new clients
I use a blend of effective elements from several approaches to therapy, customized to suit your particular need, ability and issues addressed. I draw from the disciplines of cognitive behavioral, rational-emotive, bio-energetic and Gestalt therapies to ensure the approach we take has the flexibility to address your concerns as they appear in your own unique life and experience. Conditions successfully treated during fourteen years experience working with individuals, couples and families include depression, anxiety, procrastination and achievement issues relative to work, school or creativity ; alienation, relationship and intimacy issues, addiction and compulsive behavior, life satisfaction and identity.
I use a blend of effective elements from several approaches to therapy, customized to suit your particular need, ability and issues addressed. I draw from the disciplines of cognitive behavioral, rational-emotive, bio-energetic and Gestalt therapies to ensure the approach we take has the flexibility to address your concerns as they appear in your own unique life and experience. Conditions successfully treated during fourteen years experience working with individuals, couples and families include depression, anxiety, procrastination and achievement issues relative to work, school or creativity ; alienation, relationship and intimacy issues, addiction and compulsive behavior, life satisfaction and identity.
(206) 384-4868 View (206) 384-4868
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Puget Sound Psychotherapy & Psychiatry
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112
We are taking new clients for both in-person & telehealth! We are a group private practice offering therapy & psychiatric services. We have four main areas of expertise: 1) Adult individuals facing a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, trauma, and depression. 2) We have child, teen, and family therapist experts to assist in both kids as well as help with parenting difficulties, difficult transitions like divorce and death 3) We specialize in helping people have more satisfying relationships from adult children & their parents to all kinds of couples. 4) We provide psychiatric support & medication management.
We are taking new clients for both in-person & telehealth! We are a group private practice offering therapy & psychiatric services. We have four main areas of expertise: 1) Adult individuals facing a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, trauma, and depression. 2) We have child, teen, and family therapist experts to assist in both kids as well as help with parenting difficulties, difficult transitions like divorce and death 3) We specialize in helping people have more satisfying relationships from adult children & their parents to all kinds of couples. 4) We provide psychiatric support & medication management.
(206) 855-5920 View (206) 855-5920
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Mindful Sessions
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling stuck? Do you feel numb, unable to find joy in things that once made you happy? When we're struggling, it can spill out, onto our relationships, showing up in ways that create more issues. In our efforts to make change, we may try to solve them by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier relationship and connection with ourselves and the world around us.
Are you feeling stuck? Do you feel numb, unable to find joy in things that once made you happy? When we're struggling, it can spill out, onto our relationships, showing up in ways that create more issues. In our efforts to make change, we may try to solve them by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier relationship and connection with ourselves and the world around us.
(509) 204-5994 View (509) 204-5994
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David Parks
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
I specialize in executive functioning difficulties in individuals and couples exploring identity.
Many of us feel out of step with others around us. Difficulties with completing tasks and organization lead to struggles and frustration in relationships. Difficulty with social skills and anxiety make it hard to reach out to others for friendship or dating. Some of us feel shame and isolation from ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodiversity. Our unique hobbies or interests keep us out of step. Shame keeps us from exploring who we are in friendships, dating, and sexually. People often do not see us. We feel alone. This manifests as depression, anxiety, and difficulty regulating our emotions.
I specialize in executive functioning difficulties in individuals and couples exploring identity.
Many of us feel out of step with others around us. Difficulties with completing tasks and organization lead to struggles and frustration in relationships. Difficulty with social skills and anxiety make it hard to reach out to others for friendship or dating. Some of us feel shame and isolation from ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodiversity. Our unique hobbies or interests keep us out of step. Shame keeps us from exploring who we are in friendships, dating, and sexually. People often do not see us. We feel alone. This manifests as depression, anxiety, and difficulty regulating our emotions.
(509) 581-4308 View (509) 581-4308
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Shivraj K Pannu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
My passion lies in uplifting my clients to embrace their fullest potential, nurturing a therapeutic haven where healing and personal growth flourish without judgment. With a collaborative and empowering approach, I find profound joy in guiding individuals and couples towards amplifying their strengths, fostering resilience, and gaining deeper emotional insight to gracefully navigate life's myriad challenges.
My passion lies in uplifting my clients to embrace their fullest potential, nurturing a therapeutic haven where healing and personal growth flourish without judgment. With a collaborative and empowering approach, I find profound joy in guiding individuals and couples towards amplifying their strengths, fostering resilience, and gaining deeper emotional insight to gracefully navigate life's myriad challenges.
(206) 558-0974 View (206) 558-0974
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Lawrence G Watkins
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
Indeed, I offer a relationship that would explore where things are going great and not so great.
I work best with clients who are struggling with their ethnic and cultural identities, particularly those with multiple ways of identifying. Specifically, how these conflicting identities may impact their relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners. Though culture is what I explore primarily, I also focus on intrapersonal exploration, including areas of personal and professional growth. In both instances, it is vital to identify the specific issues that are barriers to achieving what the client perceives as an ideal self. Setting several short-term goals to accomplish on the way until a long-term goal is achieved.
Indeed, I offer a relationship that would explore where things are going great and not so great.
I work best with clients who are struggling with their ethnic and cultural identities, particularly those with multiple ways of identifying. Specifically, how these conflicting identities may impact their relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners. Though culture is what I explore primarily, I also focus on intrapersonal exploration, including areas of personal and professional growth. In both instances, it is vital to identify the specific issues that are barriers to achieving what the client perceives as an ideal self. Setting several short-term goals to accomplish on the way until a long-term goal is achieved.
(425) 395-8629 View (425) 395-8629
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Claudia Mason Psychotherapist
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
I offer practical and realistic strategies related to life transitions, anxiety and self-esteem issues with individuals and couples.
I will respond to your courage, presence and willingness to trust our confidential sessions with respectful and goal-focused support. Wellness and mindfulness practice is integrated into each session. I work with adults facing, and attempting to balance, complex personal and professional obstacles to experiencing a satisfying everyday life. Marriage and couples counseling is a strong focus. Your unique and creative strengths orient us to discovering, and working through, challenging issues. My therapeutic style is compassionate and goal-focused, joining with you to understand your values, thoughts and actions.
I offer practical and realistic strategies related to life transitions, anxiety and self-esteem issues with individuals and couples.
I will respond to your courage, presence and willingness to trust our confidential sessions with respectful and goal-focused support. Wellness and mindfulness practice is integrated into each session. I work with adults facing, and attempting to balance, complex personal and professional obstacles to experiencing a satisfying everyday life. Marriage and couples counseling is a strong focus. Your unique and creative strengths orient us to discovering, and working through, challenging issues. My therapeutic style is compassionate and goal-focused, joining with you to understand your values, thoughts and actions.
(206) 966-6322 View (206) 966-6322
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Terra Dusa: Holistic Mental Health
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125
Our nutritionists help with your relationship to nourishment.
Our providers break the mold and are committed to see beyond limitations and help you achieve a life of abundant health. Therefore, we offer the following Foundational Mental Health Services: Psychotherapy, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, & Physical Therapy. Terra Dusa is home to the unique and innovative approach of Focal Neurocognitive and Physioemotional Integration (FNPI). Created and Designed by Dr. Alina Soto our Founder & CEO. This approach combines multiple disciplines, including: Neuroscience, Psychology, Naturopathic Medicine, and Trauma studies; and teaches pattern resolution, not just symptom management.
Our nutritionists help with your relationship to nourishment.
Our providers break the mold and are committed to see beyond limitations and help you achieve a life of abundant health. Therefore, we offer the following Foundational Mental Health Services: Psychotherapy, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, & Physical Therapy. Terra Dusa is home to the unique and innovative approach of Focal Neurocognitive and Physioemotional Integration (FNPI). Created and Designed by Dr. Alina Soto our Founder & CEO. This approach combines multiple disciplines, including: Neuroscience, Psychology, Naturopathic Medicine, and Trauma studies; and teaches pattern resolution, not just symptom management.
(206) 472-1771 View (206) 472-1771
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Sally Whalen
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
Are you and your partner feeling disconnected? Maybe you’ve been arguing a lot these days. Or perhaps you want to strengthen your relationship and learn the skills to prevent problems before they even begin. You're ready to experience new ways of connecting with each other, but aren't sure where to start. Couples therapy is a space where you and your partner can explore what a fulfilling relationship looks like for you. You're in the right place if you want to work on communicating productively, reducing conflict, increasing understanding, building trust, navigating differences, and deepening intimacy and connection.
Are you and your partner feeling disconnected? Maybe you’ve been arguing a lot these days. Or perhaps you want to strengthen your relationship and learn the skills to prevent problems before they even begin. You're ready to experience new ways of connecting with each other, but aren't sure where to start. Couples therapy is a space where you and your partner can explore what a fulfilling relationship looks like for you. You're in the right place if you want to work on communicating productively, reducing conflict, increasing understanding, building trust, navigating differences, and deepening intimacy and connection.
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Morris .
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA, MA-CFT, MA-AQR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
I am a queer relationship, individual, and sex therapist. I offer a collaborative, hands-on approach to therapy. I enjoy working with various relationships and adult individuals. I primarily focus on serving the LGBTQIA2+ community, women, non-binary, and genderfluid folks, those looking for increased connection in their relationships, those who want to explore their sexuality and enrich their sexual selves. I recognize that it takes a lot of courage to start therapy. I aim to provide a space for you to feel genuinely heard, understood, and seen – no matter what you are dealing with.
I am a queer relationship, individual, and sex therapist. I offer a collaborative, hands-on approach to therapy. I enjoy working with various relationships and adult individuals. I primarily focus on serving the LGBTQIA2+ community, women, non-binary, and genderfluid folks, those looking for increased connection in their relationships, those who want to explore their sexuality and enrich their sexual selves. I recognize that it takes a lot of courage to start therapy. I aim to provide a space for you to feel genuinely heard, understood, and seen – no matter what you are dealing with.
(206) 472-1370 View (206) 472-1370
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Jordan Brand
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98117
Our stories contain places of profound beauty and great pain, and so often relationships are where we experience the deepest joys and wounding. It’s my hope that through building a trusting relationship, we can work together to bring greater flourishing and healing in your relationships with self and others. I enjoy working with couples, families, teens, and adults from an attachment-oriented and trauma-informed framework, and my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) guides the way I hold the experiences and emotions that my clients bring with them and gives us a roadmap of where to go based on your goals.
Our stories contain places of profound beauty and great pain, and so often relationships are where we experience the deepest joys and wounding. It’s my hope that through building a trusting relationship, we can work together to bring greater flourishing and healing in your relationships with self and others. I enjoy working with couples, families, teens, and adults from an attachment-oriented and trauma-informed framework, and my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) guides the way I hold the experiences and emotions that my clients bring with them and gives us a roadmap of where to go based on your goals.
(206) 589-5611 View (206) 589-5611
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Meagan M. Hyde
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
I offer couples counseling and individual counseling for those struggling in their relationships.
Are you struggling with communication and unable to resolve conflict in your relationship? Do you feel stuck, misunderstood, unappreciated or dismissed? Uncertain whether things can actually change? If so, I can help. As an empathic advocate for you and your relationship, I help you to explore and expand perspectives, hear different sides, learn and practice communication skills for more productive conversations and be able to resolve gridlocked conflict more effectively. We work together to set goals and create a roadmap for making progress, and I provide support and feedback about what it will take to reach your goals.
I offer couples counseling and individual counseling for those struggling in their relationships.
Are you struggling with communication and unable to resolve conflict in your relationship? Do you feel stuck, misunderstood, unappreciated or dismissed? Uncertain whether things can actually change? If so, I can help. As an empathic advocate for you and your relationship, I help you to explore and expand perspectives, hear different sides, learn and practice communication skills for more productive conversations and be able to resolve gridlocked conflict more effectively. We work together to set goals and create a roadmap for making progress, and I provide support and feedback about what it will take to reach your goals.
(425) 374-0852 View (425) 374-0852
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Laura Merritt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
If you've experienced anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder, relationship or intimacy difficulties, know that these are areas where I can help.
Are you experiencing chronic stress or the effects of trauma? With over 20 years of experience, I've helped folks just like you heal from mental health concerns like anxiety, mood disorders and trauma. Together, we'll work towards lasting healing by getting to the root cause of your concerns, cultivating a calm body and develop skills to handle difficult emotions. We'll use modalities like EMDR, cognitive and somatic therapies, to facilitate sustainable change. Specializing in Anxiety, PTSD and life after trauma, I create a safe place for building a strong therapeutic relationship an open space to explore your most vulnerable parts.
If you've experienced anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder, relationship or intimacy difficulties, know that these are areas where I can help.
Are you experiencing chronic stress or the effects of trauma? With over 20 years of experience, I've helped folks just like you heal from mental health concerns like anxiety, mood disorders and trauma. Together, we'll work towards lasting healing by getting to the root cause of your concerns, cultivating a calm body and develop skills to handle difficult emotions. We'll use modalities like EMDR, cognitive and somatic therapies, to facilitate sustainable change. Specializing in Anxiety, PTSD and life after trauma, I create a safe place for building a strong therapeutic relationship an open space to explore your most vulnerable parts.
(425) 522-8229 View (425) 522-8229
Nancy Hillel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I work with individual adults and couples and my areas of expertise are in anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief and loss, employment concerns, stress, and adjustment and identity issues.
I view therapy as a relational and collaborative process between counselor and client(s) that focuses on clients' personal goals and desires for change. I work with clients to understand their current difficulties, thoughts, and feelings as well as look at how their past experiences and relationships impact their current situation. Engaging in therapy has many benefits such as alleviating anxiety and dissatisfaction, learning better coping skills, improving relationships with others, increasing self awareness, and finding greater personal meaning.
I work with individual adults and couples and my areas of expertise are in anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, grief and loss, employment concerns, stress, and adjustment and identity issues.
I view therapy as a relational and collaborative process between counselor and client(s) that focuses on clients' personal goals and desires for change. I work with clients to understand their current difficulties, thoughts, and feelings as well as look at how their past experiences and relationships impact their current situation. Engaging in therapy has many benefits such as alleviating anxiety and dissatisfaction, learning better coping skills, improving relationships with others, increasing self awareness, and finding greater personal meaning.
(206) 745-0476 View (206) 745-0476
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Camila Buleje
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PSSSP, MS
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103
Chances are you feel like your relationship lacks trust and intimacy. You might feel like the arguments you have with your loved one always end up in "band-aid" type solutions, and that your partner doesn't quite understand what you're needing or feeling when you express what's important to you. But you're ready to make a change. You're ready to feel like your partner is on your team and would love to build an even deeper connection with him/her/them. You don't want your past to define your future and want to break from old patterns to reach new levels in your relationship where it feels more real and honest.
Chances are you feel like your relationship lacks trust and intimacy. You might feel like the arguments you have with your loved one always end up in "band-aid" type solutions, and that your partner doesn't quite understand what you're needing or feeling when you express what's important to you. But you're ready to make a change. You're ready to feel like your partner is on your team and would love to build an even deeper connection with him/her/them. You don't want your past to define your future and want to break from old patterns to reach new levels in your relationship where it feels more real and honest.
(206) 502-1918 View (206) 502-1918
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PNW Sex Therapy Collective
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
We help individuals, couples, and relational systems with a wide variety of issues, including: exual health, low libido, issues with erections and ejaculation, eroticism, conflict, infertility, and trauma healing.
We are a collective of comprehensively trained, client-centered, and value-focused therapists who have a sincere interest in helping people improve connection to themselves, their sexuality, and their relationships with others. Our values reflect who we are as individuals and as a collective, where inclusivity is paramount, diversity is celebrated, and our work considers the needs of those we serve.
We help individuals, couples, and relational systems with a wide variety of issues, including: exual health, low libido, issues with erections and ejaculation, eroticism, conflict, infertility, and trauma healing.
We are a collective of comprehensively trained, client-centered, and value-focused therapists who have a sincere interest in helping people improve connection to themselves, their sexuality, and their relationships with others. Our values reflect who we are as individuals and as a collective, where inclusivity is paramount, diversity is celebrated, and our work considers the needs of those we serve.
(425) 368-9306 View (425) 368-9306
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.