Couples Counseling

Every couple fights once in a while. It’s a normal, and even healthy, part of most relationships. However, when the frequency and seriousness of your fights start affecting your health and well-being, it may be time to speak with a professional. A therapist specializing in couples counseling is trained to help you and your partner(s) develop tools to better communicate (and fight constructively), help you achieve goals together, or move past a specific event or cause of conflict (such as infidelity, sex, or household duties). In addition to helping those in a relationship have a healthier partnership, couples counseling can also be helpful if you and your partner are considering a breakup or a divorce – having a professional guide you can aide the both of you in making an informed decision. Think it might be time to give couples counseling a try? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s couples counseling experts today.

Meet the specialists

Couples are in a constant state of tension because you are two individuals doing life together, but you grow at different rates in different ways. I will help you both identify and navigate that tension so the growth nature of the relationship isn’t stunted and doesn’t contribute to other stressors at play. We will discuss communication strategies, ways to “fight” in a healthy manner, and how to set realistic boundaries that lend itself to your overall growth goals.

— Macee Whatley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Longview, WA

Do you feel misunderstood in your relationship? Do you desire more connection with your partner? Have you been hurt and feel your relationship is in crisis? Often, the couples I work with have been unhappy for years and they feel hopeless or stuck. I provide a safe environment in which to explore and understand your relationship, repair past hurt, and develop new skills for deeper connection. I can help you create a more meaningful relationship where you feel empowered, validated, and loved.

— Keelyn Barrick, Counselor in Columbia, SC

I help couples identify and end the recurring negative interaction they experience through their repetitive cycles of frustration and hopelessness as each longs to be heard and understood without judgement and criticism, and without being discounted, talked over, threatened, insulted, or shut out. I teach you a way to communicate which invites curiosity, clarity, cooperation and provides a way forward when our mate responds with the word no one wants to hear to a request - "no."

— Bryan Holmes, Counselor in Nashville, TN

I utilize H.Hendrix & the Gottman methodology for helping couple's attain their goals. These are evidenced based practices. Right away, you and your partner/s decide whether you want to stay together or separate/divorce amicably. We collaborate on goals and setting boundaries you both agree to. Throughout the process you will learn how your past negative relationship baggage is impacting your current views and behaviors towards your partner. There are no secrets and 'fair fighting' rules.

— Darshana Lele, Psychologist in South Pasadena, CA

I have 38 years of experience treating couples and I am certified by the American Association of sex educators, counselors, and therapists as a diplomate of sex therapy.

— Peter Kanaris, Psychologist

We believe strong relationships that are supportive and foster the empowerment of each person are world changing. We want you to have the strongest relationship possible in whatever orientation you identify with. Our goal is listen deeply and understand the various individual dynamics and systemic processes that come into play for your relationship specifically, so that you can both progress and thrive.

— iAmClinic Denver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Couples counseling can help you understand your expectations and what you bring to the relationship. Counseling can teach us ways to understand our needs, set boundaries and communicate what we need from our partner in a loving way. Couples who get the most out of counseling show up ready to work. You can have a fulfilling relationship where your needs are met. It’s possible to set boundaries, resolve conflict and communicate well. Call Today!

— Amber Alexander, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

The four therapists in our practice - Dan Fajans, Paige Geisinger, John Buscher and myself - are all well-trained in multiple methods of couples/relationship therapy. These approaches include the Gottman Method, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Family Systems Theory, Prepare & Enrich (for pre-marital therapy), and Strengths-Based Perceptive. Each of us see around 25 clients each week, most of whom are couples of all genders, orientations, and relationship arrangements.

— Justin Pere, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I work with couples to improve communication and connection. I help couples learn to be vulnerable with one another creating greater emotional intimacy.

— Lynne Coon, Counselor in Portland, OR

I help many couples either stay together or peaceful separate. My background is in Marriage and Family therapy, however as a Clinical Counselor and I can help you with your relationship.

— Greg Custer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Meridian, ID

What are your partner's needs? Most of the time we assume our partner has the same needs as we do. Typically they do not. When we discover the needs of our partner and learn to effectively communicate our needs to them we can radically transform our relationships.

— Scott Groves, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK

Couples counseling will help you grow empathy for yourself and your partner. The most common goal for couples counseling is "better communication" which includes effective communication skills ("I" statements, feeling words), listening skills, and empathy for the other person.

— Nikki LaBeau, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

I completed a post-grad program at Denver Family Institute that resulted in a certificate in Marriage/Couples and Family Therapy. During my 3.5 years at Denver Family Institute, I received instruction on a variety couples therapy theories, received individual and group supervision while working with couples. I have worked with many couples in the last 5 years to help them understand where they are presently, how they got here and how to create a healthy couple culture going forward.

— Ashley Gray, Social Worker in Arvada, CO

I specialize in working with all couples. I have a direct, non-partial approach. Using research based methods I have had great success in mending relationships.

— Andrew Carini, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clearwater, FL

I am a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and I my therapy is informed by the Gottman Method, in which I have Level 2 training. I also practice Emotion-Focused and Imago Therapy with couples.

— Joe Leonard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fitchburg, WI

Couples Counseling helps couples and partners to resolve their differences and improve their overall ability to relate to one another.

— Courtney Brown, in Los Gatos, CA

I have been trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy.

— Shannon Huertas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houma, LA

Knowing that our early life experiences in our family of origin provide a framework for how we operate in relationships, Elizabeth is focused on helping clients process and heal from emotional wounds and then identify and break free from long standing patterns that maintain couple distress, and help couples find new ways to connect that promote intimacy and wholeness. The goal of EFT couples therapy is to create a more secure emotional bond that leads to more satisfaction, intimacy and trust.

— Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

It's so hard to be you isn't it? Being in a relationship and not feeling heard. Your needs not getting met. You're questioning if you should stay or leave. You've tried communicating in every way you can think of or not communicating and letting things "slide", but nothing changes. The frustration and resentment just builds. Before you make the decision to leave or decide to just sweep it under the rug and continue to be in pain, let me work with both of you.

— Margie Mader, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

You will learn new ways to listen and stay attuned to another’s emotions and discover more productive ways to respond to emotional situations. I help couples learn how to be heard and understood from one another, how to reignite their love life, and have conversation in a safe way where blame, shame and criticism are not involved. My hope for you is to find your way back to each other in a way that is more connected and intimate than ever before.

— Nikki Nolet, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Del Mar, CA

I work from a solution-oriented perspective try to change the focus from “the problem” to “the solution”. I help couples and families explore problems in detail and them develop solutions in addition to sharing additional coping skills.

— Dr Stem Sithembile Mahlatini, Counselor in Altamonte Springs, FL

I provide couples counseling from a sex-positive approach. I draw from Gottman and Emotion-Focused approaches in much of my work. I focus a lot on communication. While we are working through problems, I also work to enhance the positive aspects of your relationship(s), as the absence of conflict does not in and of itself equal a good relationship. Parts of therapy are hard and require members of the couple to take a hard look at themselves, but we try to have some fun along the way too!

— Kate Sutton, Psychologist in Campbell, CA

I believe love is an art form, and I specialize in helping partners clear up anything that gets in the way of their best work. I have multiple tools for helping you reconnect at the emotional, intellectual, physical, sexual, and spiritual levels.

— Hayden Lindsey, Counselor in Austin, TX

While in school my focus was immediately on couple work, and that has continued throughout my practice and accounts for the bulk of my work. Over the years a unique addition came in the form of divorced or separated pairs seeking to co-parent effectively. I've worked with many families like this and it's become a passion of mine to help families function well even when they've decided to live apart.

— Molly Lizzio, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Syracuse, NY

In a Couple, you want to enjoy each other's company, learn about yourself & grow as individuals. Challenges can easily arise at any stage - how to meet someone, dating, premarital, commitment, re-organizing around Life events, the list goes on. Communication is high on the list of things needed to connect well, but before this, your silent ideas of what you expect or need from one another. In Counseling you step out of the day to day & visit the brass tacks of what your relationship is built on.

— Randi Kofsky, Marriage & Family Therapist in Playa Del Rey, CA

Clinicians will specialty training in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy or Gottman Method Couples Therapy to assist couples work through any topics and communication struggles that arise between couples.

— FamilyMeans Stillwater, MN, Counselor in Stillwater, MN