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

My specialty is relationships, intimacy, and sex.

— Kerry Cohen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I work with couples in a trauma informed manner, drawing on attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, nonviolent communication, and emotion focused therapy. We begin by identifying the cycles of interaction that you and your partner find yourselves stuck in. We establish de-escalation strategies as needed, to keep you both feeling safe and able to manage reactivity. We then work to shift the balance and help you both gain tools for understanding one another with more love and compassion.

— Stephanie Winn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Our experiences shape who we become. And we all have our share of difficult experiences. Dealing with those difficulties can be terrifying, especially when you aren't quite sure your partner understands how you feel, or seem to be on a different page. Whether it is relationship problems, work-stress having deteriorating your relationship, or life-changing situations, couples counseling can help you deal with the difficulties and understand where each person is coming from.

— Coral Sanchez, Associate Professional Counselor in Newport Beach, CA

In Couples Counseling, clients are invited into connecting to their emotions, taking ownership of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, developing heathy boundaries, working on nonviolent communication, growing in self-compassion and dignity, and exploring relational requests. I invite therapeutic work through Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

— Kaile Videtich, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in San Jose, CA

I have spent the last several years focusing intently on this area and learning as much as I can. I have studied various techniques and employed them with clients. Couples work has been so rewarding for me as a professional that I continue to be motivated to learn as much as I can! I have spent countless hours with couples and feel my skill set is a great fit in this area!

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Kirkland, WA

Couples counseling require more specialized training as couples have their struggles and history which include their own individual value systems and beliefs. My training as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist required at least half of my supervised hours towards licensure include working with couples or families. I have continued to focus on finding creative solutions and outlooks for couples when they are often at their breaking point. All couples are supported and respected.

— Marcy Humphrey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boise, ID

Are you feeling distant from your partner? Have you lost that 'loving feeling" you once had? We can help you reconnect and rebuild a healthy, satisfying relationship with your loved one. It is possible to have a relationship you look forward to going home to once again. To live a satisfying life, we must nourish relationships that make us feel happier, healthier, and more effective in all areas of our life. I can help you and your partner create a supportive and loving relationship.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

We specialize in helping couples dealing with a variety of common couple challenges and situations: -Communication blocks -Repeat Arguments -Disconnection and distance -Not feeling understood or a priority -Not feeling good enough for your partner; unable to make them happy -Not feeling like you can count on the other -Improving sexual connection -Desire discrepancies -Improving sexual satisfaction -Communication about sex -Relationship injury repair such as affairs or addiction -Rebuilding trust -Dealing with jealousy -Betrayal trauma and PTSD from relationship injuries or infidelity -Helping couples on the brink - can we repair? -Working with relationship ambivalence or uncertainty -Divorce prevention -Peaceful divorce -Parenting challenges -Not on the same parenting page -Lack of parenting support -Blending families -In-law conflict -Extended family relationships -Couples who work together; family business -Navigating religious differences

— Thrive Couple & Family Counseling Services, Counselor in Greenwood Village, CO

Couples Therapy provided at AVL Couples Therapy is intended for happy couples who are committed to each other and want to enhance their relationship. You know that you two are good together, but you are looking to work on those parts of your relationship that are a little less than stellar.

— Cindy Norton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Asheville, NC

Integrating your life with another person's is challenging. It can become even more complicated with a family and children involved. When in a relationship or marriage, communication is necessary. In order to achieve strong communication, we must work through some of the challenges we have been facing. Perhaps you and your partner are struggling to identify these challenges. Perhaps you and your partner disagree on what they are altogether. Let's facilitate these conversations together

— Frankie Grixti, Counselor in Hartsdale, NY

Do you want to live happily after with your chosen person? Lets talk about it. Often couples come to counseling with many symptoms of a strained relationship. Much like a ball of yarn that is tangled, pulling on the string allows for unraveling getting to the source of discord. Pre-marital counseling is also available.

— DEANA KAHLE, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Bernardino, CA

The feeling of falling in love can feel so wonderful; our life can seem full of promise. As time goes by, we must face the reality of our lives and the person whom we love. We may believe, "I have fallen out of love." The key to healthy intimate relationships is to calm ourselves internally as individuals and connect with our pleasant feelings; this is healthy emotional regulation. The better that I regulate my emotions as an individual, the stronger I can create a bond with my partner

— Daniel Davis, Counselor in Santa Clara, CA

As a licensed Marriage Family therapist, I received masters level training in couples counseling. I also worked at several domestic violence shelters and facilitated batterer's intervention programs, where I taught about "healthy relationships" and how to have a relationship based in respect. Since that time, I have studied the Gottman method. I am most interested in helping couples use mindfulness and positive communication strategies to build a better relationship.

— Deann Acton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Couples counseling can help couples with a wide range of issues both positive and negative. Therapy will help give the couple insight into their shared strengths and weaknesses, as well as help identify these with each individual. As your therapist, I will act as a neutral mediator to help teach you better ways to communicate, build/rebuild trust and intimacy, and solve problems together. Couples willing to remain open and committed can overcome problems and increase their bond with one another.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Middletown, NJ

Are you feeling frustrated in your relationship? Does it feel like the communication is off with your significant other? Are you struggling with anxiety and it's affecting your couple? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by seeking couples counseling. You've likely been debating seeking help for months, if not years. But I'm glad you are reaching out for help. I offer effective tools to communicate better and re-connect with a mindful approach.

— Dr. Sylvia Kalicinski-Don, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami Beach, FL 33140, FL

I draw from a powerful "no bullshit" therapeutic methodology, Relational Life Therapy (RLT) to help you make powerful and lasting relational shifts: move back into connection, work through infidelity and trust issues, increase intimacy and awareness, listen and respond relationally, and deepen relational integrity.

— Rebecca Wong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Paltz, NY

I have training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and in The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy developed by Ellyn Bader, PhD and Pete Pearson, PhD. I am part of a consultation group of couples therapists who provide ideas and support, so that I can get feedback and information to be able to bring you the expertise of many other therapists when I am working with you!

— Amy McManus, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marina del Rey, CA

As a strong believer in marriage, I love doing couples counseling. I use a number of approaches including my training in both Gottman and Prepare/Enrich. The results of the Prepare/Enrich assessments help to effectively and quickly pinpoint areas of strength and areas of growth within the marriage and helps to provide a picture of the relationship and where to focus the therapy. Gottman, also researched based provides concrete and effective tools to build a strong and successful marriage.

— Lisa Dyck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

I have expertise in evidence-based couple therapies, including Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy and Gottman Method Couple Therapy (Level 2 Certified). These methods of couple therapy are well-researched and have been shown through various clinical studies to be effective in enhancing relationship quality. My approach to couple therapy focuses on helping partners find a balance between acceptance of their natural differences and changing unhelpful patterns of communication.

— Susan Iyican, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Solana Beach, CA

For couples, my focus is on using Gottman Style Couples Counseling techniques and Imago Relationship therapy techniques.

— Lydia Blackwell, Counselor in Johnson City, TN

The majority of my practice is couples counseling. I strongly believe in the power of healthy relationships and the potential they provide us. When we are happy in our relationships, everything in the world seems great and when we are having problems in our relationships, everything in life seems like it is falling apart even if it isn't. I love helping couples build happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationships and have better sex!

— Corrin Voeller, Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN