Relationship / Marriage Issues

Every relationship comes with its fair share of issues. Navigating the complexities of life together is hard enough, but when you start to feel regularly distressed or hopeless, about your relationship, it may be time to seek professional help. No matter what your issues seem to stem from (disagreements about money, sex, stress, chronic illness, mental illness, infidelity, trust, emotional distance, parenting etc.), if you and your partner are arguing more frequently and experiencing feelings of resentment or contempt, it is likely that there are some underlying problems to address. Because many problems in relationships are a result of communication issues, a qualified mental health therapist can teach you to find new ways of talking to each other to help you find your way back to common ground. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s relationship and marriage issues experts today.

Meet the specialists

Couples therapy can be an exciting and powerful arena for change in your relationship. The research suggests that conflict isn't solely responsible for our problems in relationship, but rather, a painful sense of emotional disconnection from our partner; Which in turn, gives way to protest behaviors such as panic, chasing, violating relationship agreements, loneliness, communication difficulties, hostility and any number of impediments to feeling safe and loved in our relationships. Through our work together in therapy, I will help you and your partner(s) move into new and radical moments of engagement, all the while, building the trust, intimacy and security that you might have lost.

— Pilar Dellano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I believe therapy is a unique opportunity to change patterns of interaction in session that can alter the relationship outside of therapy. My approach involves highlighting mutually reinforcing patterns of interaction, exploring family of origin and unresolved issues, and collaborating with both partners to find new solutions. My passions in working with couples include: • Navigating transitions in the relationship–moving in, getting married, thinking about breaking up or getting divorced • Creating emotional safety for both partners and a more secure connection • Identifying the cycle of interaction in your relationship • Working with the push-pull of individuality and togetherness(“me time” versus “quality time”) • Managing conflict and getting to the deeper issues contributing to conflict • Uncovering unresolved family of origin issues that are interfering in your relationship

— Alex Barnette, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Difficulty communicating Mismatched sexual desire Interest in alternative sexual lifestyles, including BDSM/kink/poly/non-monogamy/furries

— Kelifern Pomeranz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA
 

Partnership can be difficult. It shows us things we otherwise don't know about ourselves. It can bring so much joy and so much heartache over the years. We can develop some bad habits over time that we can't seem to get out of. I stay engaged with couples and help them figure out new ways of knowing themselves and each other better.

— Deva Segal, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I enjoy working with many different kinds of relationships and couples. I have experience working with issues such as infidelity, illness, blended families, navigating open relationships, new engagements, cohabitation, and interracial. I look forward to getting to know your relationship and what goals are important to it. We can strengthen communication skills and hearing everyone's concerns in a safe, non-judgmental space.

— Michelle Chong, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City, CA

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I am passionate about helping couples find effective ways to manage the conflict that exists in all of our human relationships. I received specialized graduate and postgraduate training in evidence-based couples therapies. I draw on this training as well as a growth-oriented approach to help couples find a path toward a beautiful life together. There is no “right” and “wrong”, and we can all learn better ways to engage with each other as we discover this important truth.

— Sarah Murphy, Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA

I specialize in couples counseling. I wrote a relationship book in 2010. I use an eccletic approach to helping couples.

— Kelli Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Encino, CA
 

Because of the emotional complexity in romantic relationships, it can be hard to take a step back at times when things get off track. Relationship counseling can help you regain intimacy and rebuild a solid foundation. For new relationships, it can help to form healthy relationship patterns from the start to maintain individuality within the relationship and strengthen the bond as a couple. All couples and relationships are welcomed.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Red Bank, NJ

Sometimes reality and ideals don't always match in relationships. Maybe a mental health barrier is preventing you from connecting on a deeper level. Maybe you have unhealed wounds from previous trauma that make trusting difficult. Let's work together to build new relationship skills.

— Shiloh Werkmeister, Counselor in Troy, MO
 

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

Most couples say they want better communication. One study suggested that 93 percent of our communication is nonverbal. Here is the breakdown: 7 percent by the words used 38 % by tone of voice 55 % by the nonverbal communication such as eye contact, facial expression, and body posture While communication is what most couples state they want, as you can see above, much more than words are needed. In fact, what most couples mean is that they really want better connection.

— Jim Ciraky, Counselor in Canton, GA
 

This is one of my strongest areas of expertise. I help couples to have the relationship that they always intended to have with the love of their life. My clients have thanked me for helping them to build trust, communication, connection, and affinity.

— Montrella Cowan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

My approach is warm and playful yet direct.  In our sessions, I will work with you and your partner to help us understand your dynamic and get to the core of what needs to shift in your relationship. I will help you address the wounds that hold you back, practice new skills for more effectively communicating, and shift the balance so that your relationship represents the true desire of your heart. I enjoy working with all kinds of couples, including hetero, queer, and intercultural couples.

— Christy Booth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Often couples wind up in my office stuck on a communication pattern or cyclical issue they face. I work actively with couples on finding ways to communicate their feelings and needs in a way that cultivates compassion and clarity. Collaboratively we implement strategies and interventions to break those cycles and create new ways of relating. I also work with couples who are in non-monogamous relationships; helping them to cultivate consent and collaboration in their relationships.

— Jami Winkel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Many of us struggle with living in harmony with those we love. And there are times when relationships become so toxic that change may be needed. We cannot change the way others think and behave, but we can change our responses to others. Sometimes we become entrenched in our own ways of thinking that we fail to respect others. Or we may become so concerned about others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Keys to healthy relationships is self-care, setting boundaries and keeping balance.

— Laura Greenlee, Psychologist in Asheville, NC

As a Level III trained Gottman Methods couples counselor I am able to help couples regain trust, intimacy and fun in their relationship/marriage.

— Amita Ghosh, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

Having a good relationship with a partner can be difficult. Experiences from your past can negatively impact your current relationship and can overshadow all that is good. I work with couples to move from blame and reactivity to improve communication and regain closeness, intimacy and love to get the relationship they've always wanted.

— Jill Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

I have built my career on serving individuals, couples, and groups around their relational lives. I firmly believe that our intimate relational lives, both with ourselves and with those around us, ultimately shape the way in which we move through the world. Together, we can create a space for your relationship, one where difficult emotional experiences like fear and shame can be a source of intimacy and connection rather than a source of pain.

— Grant Gordin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Are you frustrated with your relationship and feeling hopeless whether your marriage can be joyful again? Do you wonder when intimacy will return? Whether your relationship is in distress because of little everyday tensions adding up or in crisis due to major issues such as infidelity, I can help you learn to tools to connect more intimately and be more effective partners. I will create a safe space so you can have deeper dialogue to work through past hurts.

— Wendy Yeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
 

Obviously, relationship and marriage issues are the source of my current interest in couples therapy. It truly brings me great pleasure when I am able to help a couple get back on track with their relationship. Of course, it takes a lot of courage and commitment for a couple to embark on therapy, but the rewards can be great.

— Esther Lerman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I work with a variety of relationship configurations, with individuals, couples and other groupings. I am sex-positive and kink friendly. I work with a variety of individuals who are heterosexual, pansexual, or LGBTQ. I have been trained up to Level 2 in the Gottman approach, which is one of the few evidence-based couples therapy approaches. This approaches involves an extensive assessment followed by a very specific treatment plan focused on the here and now experiences of the couple.

— Karin Wandrei, Clinical Social Worker in Rohnert Park, CA
 

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I also have post graduate training in working with same sex couples and LGBTQ families. I have experience with transgender teens and their families, and with couples in which one person is transgender.

— Lori Haas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

I love working with individuals who are struggling in their relationship or trying to find a relationship that is right for them. Individual work can have a remarkable effect on one's self esteem and value in a relationship.

— SALLY RUMSEY, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

In my therapy and life coaching practice I work with monogamous and non-monogamous couples, who are attempting to bridge differences and meet each others needs and expectations. One of the key factors in healthy couple relationships is to what extent partners or spouses are emotionally accessible, emotionally engaged and emotionally responsive to each other on a regular basis.

— M. Douglas Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI
 

Building and maintaining a good relationship is not always easy. You may be in a relationship currently where you feel unfulfilled and are struggling to have a deeper connection with your partner. Having a healthy relationship takes work. The day to day challenges can put a tremendous strain on a relationship and not having the right tools can make it even harder. Healing a relationship that is hurting is possible. Even when something as devastating as an affair has occurred, I believe in the transformation that counseling can offer when two people are committed to change, growth and their love for each other. Couples counseling can help you uncover the barriers that keep you and your partner from having the relationship you both want. You will learn practical tools to enhance your communication, build intimacy and to show unconditional positive regard for one another. My desire is to help you and your partner grow towards the relationship you desire.

— Kerri-Anne Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Orlando, FL

Relationship issues are the focus of my practice, and also what drew me to this work in the first place . Even when I see people individually typically they're discussing their relationships- whether romantic or otherwise. Relationships are key in our lives, and there's nothing I love more than helping people struggling in a relationship, start to find their footing and gain confidence and connection with each other again.

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

The value of a strong, fulfilling, relationship is undeniable: you get love, companionship, adventure, affection, stability, and even better health. For marriages to survive and for long-term relationships to flourish, couples must have education, support and practical tools. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the work I do is witnessing a couple strengthen their connection and deepen their intimacy by implementing these tools.

— Sara Collins, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT

When our relationships hurt, we hurt. Thankfully, there are solid, research-based treatments for hurting marriages or relationships. I utilize two approaches, the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Both approaches focus on the attachment between the partners, how that attachment bond gets wounded, and how to repair it in order to restore the relationship to health. Many couples, after having done this work, report being closer than they have been in a very long time. Sometimes, couples are not sure whether or not to stay in the relationship. Or perhaps one partner wants to stay and the other wants to leave. For these couples, I offer a special process called Discernment Counseling. Discernment Counseling is not therapy. It is a 5-7 session process of deciding whether to divorce, take a break for awhile, or begin therapy to work on healing the relationship. It is a safe, non-blaming way to come to some decisions about the future.

— Diana Walla, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in West Lake Hills, TX
 

"Differences in communication style" that seems to be how many couples describe the difficulty they have in feeling heard, cared for, and loved by their partner. The messages we send aren't necessarily the messages that are received. This could be the influence of past hurts, our family of origin, or simply our inability to hear that which we so desperately need to here- that we are loved. We are meant for connection, but we so often miss the mark in our attempts to reach out to our partners.

— Mark Cagle, Counselor in Dallas, TX

Relationships are one of life's greatest teachers. Couples often benefit from an objective professional to help guide them towards healthier communication and deeper understanding. I enjoy working with couples of all constellations and couples that are navigating difference across culture, religion, gender and identity. I have been practicing couples therapy for the past four years and I have received specialized consultation and training in the area of couples therapy. I draw from EFT and attachment theory, in my work with couples.

— Addie Liechty, Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

I have always worked with relationship issues but admit that I used to avoid doing couples work for a long time because it felt like people only came to counseling to get permission to break up. In the last decade, I've noticed a real change with this and see more and more couples coming in to work on their concerns before they are at the end of their ropes. I see more hope in working with couples now and love the complexity of the interactions and the unique challenges it brings.

— Kelly Simonson, Psychologist in Athens, GA

Relationships are a huge part of our lives and well-being. So many of us experience challenges in our relationships, and it can be useful to talk through with a third party. I enjoy helping clients with relationships of all kinds, but in particular, I am knowledgeable and passionate about working with stepmoms regarding stepparenting and addressing our unique family roles and challenges. If you're a stepmom struggling to find others who understand, please get in touch!

— Kayte Heslet, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I believe therapy is a unique opportunity to change patterns of interaction in session that can alter the relationship outside of therapy. My approach involves highlighting mutually reinforcing patterns of interaction, exploring family of origin and unresolved issues, and collaborating with both partners to find new solutions. My passions in working with couples include: -Navigating transitions in the relationship–moving in, getting married, thinking about breaking up or getting divorced -Creating emotional safety for both partners and a more secure connection -Identifying the cycle of interaction in your relationship -Working with the push-pull of individuality and togetherness(“me time” versus “quality time”) -Managing conflict and getting to the deeper issues contributing to conflict -Uncovering unresolved family of origin issues that are interfering in your relationship

— Alex Barnette, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Long-lasting, successful relationships can be hard work and I believe it is an act of faith and bravery for a couple to acknowledge that a problem exists and make the conscious choice to work with a therapist. Their willingness and commitment to growth is an investment with many benefits. My primary approach when working with couples is using the techniques of Emotionally Focused Therapy. As an EFT therapist, I encourage couples to express their actions and emotions in a secure, non-judgmental environment. By observing the release of feelings, emotions, and anxieties of one partner, the other can gain new insight and perception into the effect their own actions and behaviors have on the relationship as a whole. I believe that problems between a couple are best treated by changing the way the "couple" works rather than trying to fix just one person in the relationship. My goal is to help them restore their relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning.

— Debra Schnack, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

One of my main focuses in private practice is to work with couples to strengthen their relationship. I am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator which allows me to provide couples with standardized assessment tools and treatment plans to increase growth and understanding.

— Pak Poon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in South Pasadena, CA
 

Whether you're looking to strengthen your relationship, decrease conflict, resolve sexual problems, or reevaluate your committment together, I can support and guide you toward resolution. I am LGBTQ affirming and welcome any and all clients who seek a safe and constructive place to work toward resolution in their relationship(s).

— Sarah Bower Ho, MA, Counselor in Portland, OR

I have worked with couples for more than 25 years and can help you understand how to make the couple the center of your relationship. Learning communication skills, being able to truly meet the needs of your partner, understanding exactly what does or doesn't work for you, how to handle disagreements peacefully, feeling truly cherished by your partner- these are all things I can help you to create whether you are looking for pre-marital counseling or have been married for many years.

— Dr. Judi Bloom, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

As a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist for couples, I help you figure out how and why you end up fighting about "nothing" or about that thing that your partner does that gets under your skin. I help create relationships that heal, rather than just healing relationships. EFT helps you figure out why your best efforts to make the relationship work sometimes bring the opposite result.

— Annette Holloway, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

You’ve been on great vacations together. Faced the ups and down together. Losing jobs, promotions; new cities, new friends, new paths. Making discoveries you never imagined. You’ve loved. Lived. Fought. Loved again. Lived some more. Fought some more. Loved again, more. Yet somehow, here you are, asking (or at least considering…) this question: Is my marriage (or relationship) worth saving? Being in a marriage, or relationship, you will have felt that it offers both some of the most deeply rewarding experiences and some the most challenging ones. Intimate relationships require honesty, in all things. This relationship asks of us friendship and joy, especially to ourselves. And it asks of us courage, to love wholeheartedly and allow ourselves to be wholeheartedly loved. For reasons you are able to name (or may not be able to find words for) you may find yourself thinking... ​ Your marriage never felt quite “right” from the start; Your relationship went through a tough challenge and doesn’t feel the same anymore; You changed, or your partner changed, and it’s no one’s fault, but now you’re moving in different directions; You or your partner have met someone new; Time and growth has made you aware that you want a different life from the one you’ve been living. What do you do when you face these questions: Is my marriage worth investing in? Is my marriage worth saving? Do I want to stay? There is nothing wrong with questioning the future of your relationship. But how you use these doubts to help you understand what you are needing more of, and find ways to strengthen yourself and your relationship can make all the difference. ​ Questions and doubts can offer the impetus to deepen into your marriage and commitment with each other, and to deepen into your relationship and commitment to yourself. Questions can invite you both to explore your relationship’s contours. We are here, and ready to roll up our sleeves with you and figure out what happens now.

— Elyse Gong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I have been thoroughly steeped in relationship therapy training, both receiving and giving it. I think very systemically, which essentially means that I see and work with patterns and interactions. No one exists on their own. I specialize in communication, relational identity, and conflict management. I do relational work with individuals, partners, families, and polycules. I can provide premarital counseling as well as discernment therapy.

— Daniel Stillwell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Charlotte, NC
 

As a Gottman trained therapist, I love helping couples learn practical tools for dealing with conflict and disconnection. It's common for couples to come in pointing the finger at their partner. I love helping them work *together* on their problems and realize that they're not as messed up as they think they are. One of the challenges in finding a good couples therapist is making sure that both people feel heard and understood. When a therapist takes sides, it's hard to move forward and this is often when people say "couples therapy doesn't work." I like to keep an open perspective about how couples work. Each partner's perspective on the relationship is valid and deserves to be considered. Couples therapy is about learning to communicate better, problem solve with dialogue and understanding, and create space for your partner to be their own person as well as having a deep connection with you. I love supporting couples in creating a relationship that's really meaningful for them.

— Heather Seguin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Upland, CA

In our western society, we're moving further and further away from our natural supports. We no longer live in villages, with extended family and neighbors close by. Instead, our intimate partner becomes a very important person to us because they're all we have. When that relationship is down in the dumps, it can really affect us. For that reason, I'm passionate about helping unhappy couples find safety and connection in their relationship. When couples sense that they're close to their partner and their partner has their back, they can navigate the world with greater confidence.

— Ada Pang, Counselor in Redmond, WA
 

Struggles, conflict, and differences in relationships and marriages are inevitable. I offer solution-focused couple counseling and strategies to boost communication skills, and increase feelings of trust, good will, and connection. I am trained in Gottman Method (Gottman.com) and have completed up to level 3 of this research based couples therapy approach.

— Jennifer Kogan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC

I am a level 2 trained Gottman Method Couple's therapist and have various tools to help couples reconnect after affairs, improve communication, decrease conflict and increase intimacy. Poly affirming and aware.

— Corie Rodeman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crystal Lake, IL
 

I created the STRONG relationship model to help guide my clients to their best, most fulfilling relationships. So often relationships are described as "hard work" and what I have found is that it is only hard when you do not have a road map or the right tools. My job is to help clients gain the skills and tools for their most empowered and satisfying relationships. My approach starts with emotional connection, intimacy, and communication to help couples connect on a deep level.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Through my degree in Marriage and Family therapy I have learned to practice from a family systems perspective. This is applied to romantic relationships, friendships, parent child relationships, and communities. Through this practice I am able to walk alongside clients to help them discover and process the hurts. As well as look to new ways to communicate with one another to assist in the healing. I have been practicing this approach since 2017.

— PeriAnne VanBelois, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

All relationships take work and when you find yours in the middle of conflict or despair, it is natural to feel aimless without the proper tools to fix it. I’ve thought about what gets us out of the conflict cycle to create connecting communication and have come up with six core relationship values. The VALUES make up an acronym: Vulnerable, Accountable, Learning, Understanding, Empathy, Shared meaning. When these six values practiced you can build trust, resolve conflict and deepen intimacy.

— Scott Waters, Counselor in Eugene, OR

A lot of times, marriages fall apart because of issues of infidelity and communication. After you or your spouse has had an affair, how do you keep the marriage going when everything points toward divorce? Couples who want to move forward and continue in the marriage, many times, have few options. Where do you turn? Communication is a big word that people frequently use, but rarely understand. What is communication supposed to look like? Is it just talking? Is it intimacy? Is it closeness, or trust? Maybe it's some of all of those things. What is communication supposed to look like in YOUR marriage? Let's work together to find out.

— Dr. Zakk Gammon, Therapist in Owensboro, KY
 

EFT trained under originator Dr. Sue Johnson to help couples develop and maintain a strong secure emotional bond in order to have a rewarding and successful relationship and as a result, fulfilling lives as individuals.

— Dr. Ali Dubin, Mental Health Counselor in North Hollywood, CA

I believe that the key to strong and enduring relationships is the development of a strong sense of self. While the goal for most couples is to create a deep sense of intimacy, developing a strong sense of self is a prerequisite to creating emotional connection. Initially, the primary focus in my work with individuals, couples, and families is the individual growth and differentiation of each person in order to increase a strong sense of self. My work with clients then moves toward increasing their capacity to accept and tolerate differences, a process that must occur prior to increasing the emotional bond. The objective of my work is to facilitate the process of knowing yourself, which includes knowing what you need and want. You are responsible for articulating what you need and want to your partner and/or others from a direct and non-judgmental perspective that includes self awareness and the desire to know yourself and others you are connected to.There is a 'no secrets' policy in place that applies to my work with couples and families. In other words, I will advocate that you disclose anything that is pertinent to the treatment of the family or the couple system.

— Kathy Hardie-Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tigard, OR

Couples Recovery from Infidelity, Couples Checkup, Marriages on The Brink, Pre-Martial Counseling

— Bevill and Associates LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, AL

Relationship and Marriage issues My PhD is in Couples and Family Therapy. Here's my take: Miscommunication can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings and resentment. Resentment takes up so much space, there is barely room for connection and intimacy. I work with the couple to get their relationship back on track, through learning communication skills, practicing compassion, clearing out resentment and making space for building respect, connection and intimacy. - Setting realistic specific goals is a large part of what we work on. Especially looking at needs, strengths and past experiences with disappointment. - Embracing style differences rather than feeling threatened by them. This is especially true with couples of different cultural and ethnic growing up experiences. - Identifying their early messages that get in the way of their relationship. My strengths are that I am warm, insightful, intuitive, accessible, collaborative, respectfully direct and wise. As a CBT therapist I

— Elayne Savage, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

In my work with couples I use two most researched evidence-based approaches Gottman method and Emotionally-Focused therapy.

— Azhar Sultanova, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I have years of experiences with relationships ! not all good ! but it made me wiser. I am aware of the evolving forms of marriage and partnering, and I offer an informed stance and open mind to all forms relationships, traditional or not.

— Aude CASTAGNA, Counselor in Santa Cruz, CA
 

A healthy & thriving relationship with yourself and your partner/spouse is wonderful. I don't just work with couples on relationships but we can work on Money Issues as well. Outcomes with past clients: Setting and sticking to boundaries, expressing wants & desires effectively, effective communication with their partner/spouse about household finances, rescuing their relationship from breakup or divorce, & confidence in mutual financial decisions.

— Nicole Boston Relationship & Financial Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor in Florissant, MO

Dr. Jones provides marriage counseling using a judgment-free approach. He does not serve as a referee and he does not waste time session after session focusing on what each partner has said or done. He avoids what he terms “a pathway of blame” in marriage counseling. Pasadena couples will instead find guidance and techniques that helps each person in the relationship to step outside of their situation and to see the other anew. One of the goals of Dr. Jones’ work is to help marriages—whether they are as old as three years, five years, or fifteen years—to move beyond failed patterns and to return to a notion of service to one another. He addresses a variety of concerns, from the “Sexless Marriage” issue to financial arguments to a lack of affection or understanding.

— Raymond Jones, Sex Therapist in Covina, CA
 

Specialists in Relationship Issues using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Communicate better, grow closer, enjoy sex, and heal hurts.

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

Connecting with others is one of the greatest joys in life. And when we cannot seem to manage it we can start to feel like we are missing out on one of the most important parts of our world.

— Shoshana Aal, Counselor in Denver, CO

From my very first class in graduate school in marriage and family systems I was sold on the concept of looking at people not just as individuals but as parts of all the people who have either made them or influenced their lives heavily. Therefore, when couples come to see me I tell them your marriage/relationship is my client, each of you individually are not. We use a variety of methods based on the couple and where there relationship is to decide how to proceed. I do not separate couples.

— Laura (Lori) Patin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagle River, AK
 

Although we are usually adept at forging friendships, few of us begin their lives as adults understanding or appreciating the rigorous commitment and sustained open-heartedness needed to foster and nurture prolonged intimacy with another person. When conflicts emerge, we often begin to doubt the viability of our relationship, rather than recognize the conflicts as a part of the ebb and flow of coupled life or an opportunity for growth. As a therapist, I enjoy helping couples learn together and in the process, not only become close, but develop the understanding that will help them to live with more ease, joy and confidence together. In addition to helping you develop more insight and awareness regarding your unique dynamics as a couple, I will help you develop the interpersonal skills you will need to navigate or traverse impasses or tensions in the future with less impact on your experience of closeness.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have been specifically trained to help couples with relationship issues. If you want marriage counseling or couples therapy, you should always see a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. When you have an issue with your foot, do you go to a General Doctor or see a Podiatrist, a foot specialist? Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists are specialists in helping with marriage, relationship and family issues.

— Larry Baumgartner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Trinity, FL

Are you frustrated with your relationship and feeling hopeless whether your marriage can be joyful again? Do you wonder when intimacy will return? Whether your relationship is in distress because of little everyday tensions adding up or in crisis due to major issues such as infidelity, I can help you find out what you’re doing that’s getting in the way of joyful relationship and create safe space to have deeper dialogue to work through past hurts.

— Wendy Yeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
 

Who hasn't had a difficult relationship? If you haven't, lucky you! Having a good relationship takes lots of time and effort from both parts. Both couples should have specific goals for their relationship, set of personal values and boundaries along with core pillars to keep the relationship strong and healthy. On my masters degree concentration is "couples, marriage & family therapy" and I gotta tell you, I LOVE working with couples and families. I also have extensive experience in this area.

— MURIELL CARLISLE, Counselor in Miami, FL
 

Relationships are hard. Most of us enter into them without knowing what we might get out of them. We hope to experience respect, love, encouragement, happiness, connection and fun but sometimes, that’s not the case. Couples therapy allows us to carve out a specific time in our days to align with our partners. It teaches tools to listen and to communicate more effectively and provides a safe space for honest feelings to be expressed and needs to be stated. It holds both partners accountable for problems, successes and working toward change. Reasons for couples counseling include, but are not limited to not feeling heard, seen or understood; feeling distant from your partner; having the same argument over and over; not knowing how to align on key issues; feeling dissatisfied with your sex life; betrayal; wanting to end the relationship. Couples also come in when things are going well to strengthen the bond, spruce things up or just make sure that you're on the same page.

— Minal Nebhnani, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Relationships can be hard, sometimes they are very hard. But they are also supposed to be the source of great strength and joy. And, no matter how difficult the situation, every couple has its strengths. In my couples counseling, I focus on the strengths of your relationship and build from there. We look at what binds us together - not just what seems to be tearing us apart. And the goal is to create a physical and emotional relationship that is right for both parties.

— Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA
 

I often work with family systems in which one person is struggling with depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. My hope is that we can help you identify effective ways to interact with each other, even if you've established long-term roles or unhelpful dynamics. I'm trained in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, and the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy.

— Tricia Mihal, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Your partner's needs are unique to them - there is no formula here. But, there are things you can do (and not do) that will likely help. Or at least, things you can try to see if they help. I work with you to discover tools, skills, and ways of engaging with your partner that can profoundly transform your relationship, and help your partner feel safe and supported. And, even though your partner is the one who has experienced trauma, you are still a whole person, with all your own thoughts, feelings and needs. You get to have space to process this too, and there are a lot of ways that you can be supported in what you're going through. I work with you to figure out what it is that you need, and how you can pursue the resources that feel right for you.

— Maya Grodman, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Communication, money, infidelity, sex, major life changes, feeling stuck and stagnant in a relationship, and one partner coping with an issue (e.g., depression, addiction) that affects the relationship are most common reasons why couples seek therapy. Couples therapy can help by offering tools to improve conflict resolution, facilitate meaningful communication, encourage reconnection on a deeper level and ultimately help partners feel more positive about their relationship.

— Dagmara Svetcov, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Allen, TX

I work primarily with individuals and couples. If you are in a relationship, I can help you best if you bring your partner. My skills in this area are unique. Rather than a single method or approach, I will help you with whatever the most important problem is that day. I can do self-pay double sessions or extended sessions as needed. Flexibility is important when I work with couples. There can be enactments, role playing, dating game type questions, communication skills training & teaching

— Elissa Grunblatt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amityville, NY
 

I work with clients to prepare themselves to be successful in love relationships. It is my goal to help men and women of color to learn about themselves inside and outside of relationships - with a focus on them being their authentic selves.

— Tracey R Cobb, Counselor in Marietta, GA
 

I was trained in Gottman couple therapy, a scientific research based couple therapy method, and Prepare/Enrich program, which is a premarital/marital counseling assessment tool.

— Michelle Chia Ning Chang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA

Relationships are tough, they require us to be vulnerable, trusting in another, flexible and somehow still true to ourselves. These are big deal things! If you are needing some support around your relationships, we can find new ways for you and your significant other(s) to find common ground once again.

— Lynda Martin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

Although therapy has become less stigmatized in the past few decades, some people still feel that seeing a therapist means admitting they are broken or weak. Unfortunately, this prevents many from accessing the mental health care they need. Beginning therapy takes courage, and making the decision to seek help actually means you are strong, self-aware, and brave.

— Jessica Sassoon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Los Angeles, CA
 

Couples who knocks on my door to get help often ask a very similar question: Where did our love go? They tried hard to solve what they thought was the problem, but the more they tried, the more it left them feeling pain, distress, and even a loss of hope for the road ahead. Does this sound familiar to you? When I work with couples, I focus on the vicious cycle of interactions in which the couple is trapped. A "no-win" cycle that leaves you and your partner feelings of rejection and isolation. Rather than turning towards each other, you turn away from each other, which creates attachment wounds. When a relationship fails, conflicts are often the reason to blame. However, conflicts are not the real enemy here. It is the loss of affection and emotional responsiveness that endangers the relationship. When that loss is experienced in a relationship, you can't help but wonder if you can trust that your partner is really there for you. You wonder if you can trust that your partner will respond to you when you need. The truth is that relationships require hard work. It demands your and your partners’ intention to create and nurture the emotional bond that makes you both feel safe, secure, and connected. It is not an easy task, especially when infidelity, addiction, and/or trauma are involved, but I promise you it is well worth it. Over the years I have helps couples like yourselves find hope again in their relationships, and now I would like to reach out and ask you to make the choice of letting me to help you.

— Ngoc "Michelle" Turner, Marriage & Family Therapist in Frisco, TX

Along with other techniques like The GottMAN Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I draw from an effective and "no bullshit" therapeutic model- Relational Life Therapy (RLT): Helps with getting to the most troubling issues and targets problem behaviors. Works to move partners back into connection, past infidelity and trust issues, and deepen intimacy. Generates positive regard for your partnership(s) and heightens the belief that healthy interpersonal relations lift up all people.

— Jessica Revels, Associate Professional Counselor in Durham, NC
 

Marital and relationship issues are one that is very near and dear to my heart. Seeking to understand my own family, I went and received training to help ailing couples and families. I have been trained to do both marital and premarital counseling. I am trained to do Gottman Couples Therapy Method and continuously seek and attend trainings to improve my knowledge of this area of expertise.

— LaShanna Stephens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Macon, GA

I focused on relationship issues in my Master's degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. I love working with people at all stages of relationships; pre-commitment, during parenting, or in high conflict times. I am happy to work with you on navigating communication, sexual issues, infidelity, or exploring the future of your relationship. I encourage you to come in for a consultation to see if we are a good fit.

— Nina Landey, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

The couple unit is essential to the family. Extending my training, I am currently working towards a Masters Certificate for Marriage and Couples through Capella University; completed in Spring of 2019. This focus of specialization is intended to help my skills with couples of all kinds, as I am passionate about making the unique family that fits one's needs, and learning how to adapt to the changing development life forces most families to experience.

— Desiree Stone, Counselor in Florence, AL

Relationships of all kinds take work and nurturing. I work with clients to understand their own relational needs and to find health and happiness within their own personal relationships.

— Krystal Marcinkiewicz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR
 

Whether you're having challenges with your significant other, family, friends, or co-workers, I can assist you in identifying the ways to develop healthy, positive relationships.

— Tenisha Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Statewide Telehealth, OH
 

From my very first class in graduate school in marriage and family systems I was sold on the concept of looking at people not just as individuals but as parts of all the people who have either made them or influenced their lives heavily. Therefore, when couples come to see me I tell them your marriage/relationship is my client, each of you individually are not. We use a variety of methods based on the couple and where there relationship is to decide how to proceed. I do not separate couples.

— Laura (Lori) Patin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagle River, AK

Whether clients have been together 3 months or 3 years, somethings need fine tuning. I help clients solidify a big picture of what they would like their relationship to look like and start devising a plan to get there.

— Rochelle Marecheau, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA
 

You’ve been on great vacations together. Faced the ups and down together. Losing jobs, promotions; new cities, new friends, new paths. Making discoveries you never imagined. You’ve loved. Lived. Fought. Loved again. Lived some more. Fought some more. Loved again, more. Yet somehow, here you are, asking (or at least considering…) this question: Is my marriage (or relationship) worth saving? Being in a marriage, or relationship, you will have felt that it offers both some of the most deeply rewarding experiences and some the most challenging ones. Intimate relationships require honesty, in all things. This relationship asks of us friendship and joy, especially to ourselves. And it asks of us courage, to love wholeheartedly and allow ourselves to be wholeheartedly loved. For reasons you are able to name (or may not be able to find words for) you may find yourself thinking... ​ Your marriage never felt quite “right” from the start; Your relationship went through a tough challenge and doesn’t feel the same anymore; You changed, or your partner changed, and it’s no one’s fault, but now you’re moving in different directions; You or your partner have met someone new; Time and growth has made you aware that you want a different life from the one you’ve been living. What do you do when you face these questions: Is my marriage worth investing in? Is my marriage worth saving? Do I want to stay? There is nothing wrong with questioning the future of your relationship. But how you use these doubts to help you understand what you are needing more of, and find ways to strengthen yourself and your relationship can make all the difference. ​ Questions and doubts can offer the impetus to deepen into your marriage and commitment with each other, and to deepen into your relationship and commitment to yourself. Questions can invite you both to explore your relationship’s contours. We are here, and ready to roll up our sleeves with you and figure out what happens now. Oasis' approach to couples therapy: Our first priority in working with a couple is to meet you where you are. Different couples come in to work on different issues. We want our time together to be useful and meaningful to you, and not just help you with the issue that is at the forefront, but rather, give you tools and vocabulary to use down the road. We are interested in helping you two get on the same team. Often, by the time couples see us, there is hurt feeling and a good deal of finger pointing. Our job is to help you recognize that you two are one unit, and the problem is external to that unit. We want to jump in there with you to identify what is and is not working in your relationship, and to focus on blaming less and connecting more. You, as a couple, are the client. We don’t take sides. Instead, we are on the side of you as a couple--we want to see your partnership invigorated and thriving.

— Kathryn Richards, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

I have studied the Gottman method and spent the last 3 years really focusing on this particular treatment area. I have studied and employed an array of techniques and have found my work with individuals and couples facing relationship challenges or wanting to lay a solid relationship foundation incredibly rewarding!

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Kirkland, WA
 

Because I have expertise in marriage and family issues, I am extremely passionate about helping relationships of all kinds improve. I focus on communication issues such as learning how to not make assumptions as well as how to speak to one another in preferred love languages.

— Karen Foreman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in AURORA, IL

We all enter this world through relationship. Learning how to navigate the ups and downs is a source of pleasure and often times our deepest pain. In our work you'll deepen your relationship to yourself and others by gaining clarity about the patterns that are blocking you from your best self and put that knowledge to use to create the kind of relationship you desire.

— Kerry Ogden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Positive experiences of human connection are essential components of our emotional health. One of my primary goals is to facilitate this type of relational experience in our work together to help you process and heal what hurts, while empowering you to effectively move forward in life. I help my clients develop fulfilling and meaningful relationships with others by initially working closely to develop a compassionate and loving relationship to self.

— Nicole Byrne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

Questioning relationships: sibling, parent/child, partners In relationships mirror the parts of us that want to be looked at

— Ashley Ross, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Pasadena, CA

I thoroughly enjoy helping couples move from pain and isolation to joy and connection. I have specific training working with couples and work collaboratively with you to deescalate negative cycles, restructure and rebuild trust, and practice strengthening the emotional bond. Please note that I do not accept insurance for couples work.

— Mary Bruce-Owenby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Relationships have the potential to help us feel incredibly valuable and connected, or also to feel lonely and excluded. I enjoy working with couples who feel disconnected or are arguing constantly, and would like to rekindle the love and affection they once had.

— Sharon Hale, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tigard, OR

If you feel that you lost emotional connection with your partner, you fight about everything or just live as roommates? You do not know what to do because each attempt at conversation ends up as a fight? I can help you with that. I can help you explore difficulties in communications, learn how to resolve conflict without hurting each other, how to spark the relationship again. I enjoy helping couples understand and appreciate their similarities and differences.

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

You may feel like you're walking on eggshells and as if anything you say might be misunderstood and set your partner off leading yet to another argument OR It may be that the two of you have drifted apart and you feel lonely and disconnected. Your partner doesn’t know who you are any more and they don’t care to get to know you any better either. I work with couples that have reached the end of their rope and are motivated to make things better in their relationship. Contact me today!

— Eleni Economides, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rochester, NY

I help clients explore issues around trust, intimacy, and communication, and I help them navigate the struggles that arise during long-term relationships and cohabitation. Differences in sexual desire; imbalances in division of labor; lack of transparency about spending; spending time apart -- we can explore the problems that get in the way of a deeply satisfying and intimate partnership.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

I specialize in working with couples. My approach in couples therapy is fair, kind and collaborative. Often couples that come to me for help have found themselves locked in a pattern of relating that leads again and again to the problems they are hoping to address in couples therapy. I help couples identify and alter these patterns, often with insight into how they developed in the first place. We might also explore the connection between these patterns and each partner’s experience of early formative relationships.

— Bear Korngold, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I help clients explore issues around trust, intimacy, and communication, and I help them navigate the struggles that arise during long-term relationships and cohabitation. Differences in sexual desire; imbalances in division of labor; lack of transparency about spending; spending time apart -- we can explore the problems that get in the way of a deeply satisfying and intimate partnership.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Over the years I have developed and led groups and couples, exploring relationship patterns, understanding the influence of life experiences on relationships, and creating change plans to address what is not working.

— John Eichenberger, Counselor in Fairport, NY
 

We've all heard the metaphor of a frog in water. You put one in cold water and raise the temperature by one degree slowly over time. Eventually, that frog will die due to the water being too hot. Another frog is thrown in hot water, and immediately jumps out, saving it's own life. This metaphor is true for relationships. We often don't notice or disregard relationship hurts until we've waiting too late. Unfortunately, I see many couples who have reached the end of their rope and are not willing to put in the effort or stay committed during the couples therapy process. Even the happiest of marriages and relationships have their struggles and it is okay to seek support!

— Miranda Bayard-Clark, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Specialties Include: Premarital counseling, discontent, struggles with effective fighting or communication, past trauma triggering conflict, racial & gender issues impacting communication & conflict, infidelity/affairs, empty nesters, blending family, miscarriage & infertility, parenting Certifications: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy Gottman Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader Prepare/Enrich Premarital counselor

— Linnea Logas, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
 

I LOVE working with couples at any stage in their relationship. Personally; I did not have a great example of a healthy relationship growing up. As a result, I have read numerous books on healthy/unhealthy marriages, and have worked very hard at my own marriage. I utilize Imago and Gottman philosophies in my work with couples.

— Leslie Inlow, Counselor in Noblesville, IN
 

Relationship counseling is the process of counseling interpersonal relationships in an effort to recognize, and to better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. We here at Livewell provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to help couples address issues that affect the relationship.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA

It seems tough to navigate relationships in ways that you can get your needs met and have things seem calm and predictable. We work to establish some basic rules, help you stay calm when things trigger you (your past pain comes knocking), and are curious about ways that you may be contributing to problems. We work for you to feel confident and learn to express your needs. We use assessment tools to recognize what dynamics are impacting both of you. You practice and learn from modeling.

— jan weber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomington, MN

Sometimes in relationships it might feel safer to just walk away or distance yourself from your partner, in hopes the problem will just go away. Oftentimes what might happen is you choose to disconnect, rather than connect. This tends to make relationships feel unbearable and often result in you developing a lack of communication. Why is it that you choose to argue and fight, rather than communicate with one another? Why not find an alternative way to connect that solicits support from your partner? Good news, couples counseling/marriage counseling can help. Partners who create safety and meaning in a relationship also provide freedom to be accepted by each other. Everyone has shortcomings, but these can be the quirks that fuel your passion. This is experienced as a gentle move from blaming and arguing and yelling and lying and cheating to embracing and meaningmaking and accepting and being vulnerable.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Are you experiencing any of the following in your relationship? 

Loneliness Isolation Disconnection Frustrating arguments Difficulty solving problems
 Lack of intimacy and romance

 If yes, are you willing to work as if you’re training for a marathon to make changes in your relationship? 

 Couples counseling means a true commitment to yourself and your partner(s) to transform the dynamics and patterns in your relationship. Learn how to be the best possible partner.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I am a Gottman Informed Therapist and continue to use the Gottman Method in helping relationships grow and heal.

— Josie Oldham, Counselor in Wichita, KS
 

Have you hit a rough time in your relationship with your partner? Struggling with communication, trust or intimacy? Our therapists can work with you individually or as a couple to help get your relationship moving in the right direction. Utilizing evidence based therapies such as Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and/or a family systems approach can give you the skills and support you need to make effective changes in connections ith people who matter the most.

— Acuity Counseling, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Therapy can be extremely effective in helping couples reconnect on a deeper level and rebuild their relationship. With couples therapy, it is possible to rediscover the intimacy you once shared with your partner. I believe that every couple has had a successful past at some point in their relationship. By building on each couple’s past success, I empower them to visualize and create their ideal future.

— ALICIA CLAYBON, Counselor in Montgomery, AL

I help couples who want to prevent divorce in their relationships see the patterns where they get stuck and learn how to fight fair. When you learn how to fight well and love each other through it, you have an essential skill that will help carry you through difficult times.

— Molly Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

I created the STRONG relationship model to help guide my clients to their best, most fulfilling relationships. So often relationships are described a s"hard work" and what I have found is that it is only hard when you do not have a road map. My job is to help clients create their personalized road maps for their most empowered and satisfying relationships. My approach starts with emotional connection, intimacy, and communication to help couples connect on a deep level.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Intimate relationships are never perfect. But they are necessary. Being emotionally attached to another adult is a key part of being human. But that attachment is torn when a cycle of hurt, anger, blame and loneliness takes over. I help repair the bonds that have been broken by anger, disappointment, and infidelity. In therapy, you will learn to stop the negative cycle that tears at your relationship, and replace it with open-hearted listening and a new ability to meet your partner's needs.

— Aaron Deri, Marriage & Family Therapist in Scarsdale, NY

I love to help people to create healthier relationships, especially with their significant others. I believe that intimate connection with other human beings is one of our most basic and deep needs, yet we are seldom taught how to build healthy relationships. That is why I am passionate about sharing the communication and intimacy skills that I've learned both in my professional career and in my personal journey in a happy 20-year marriage. What I'm most excited about is the fact that I can help individuals create healthier relationships even if their partner is not available or willing to work on the relationship at that moment. What it takes is a commitment on the part of the individual to work on their part of the relationship dynamic to produce quick yet lasting and rewarding changes.

— Raquel Muller, Psychologist in Tigard, OR

I earned my Certification in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). I also earned the designation within the International Centre of Emotionally Focused Therapy to supervise others toward their Certification in EFT. I also study and practice other models of helping people be authentic while staying in connection with others.

— Beth Levine, Clinical Social Worker in Rockville, MD
 

I specialize in working with people having relationship issues. Relationship issues can be anywhere from considering ending the relationship to just wanting to improve communication or sex. For those considering divorce, I am trained in a special process called Discernment Counseling. These sessions offer a couple a bird's eye view of the relationship, how it got to this point and what would need to change. It gives them a chance to make an informed decision on staying together or breaking up.

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

Are you feeling frustrated with your relationship? Do you find yourselves arguing about finances and housework? Is it hard to trust your partner? Relationships can be challenging in our fast paced world with so many demands on our time and energy. We can help you and your partner increase respect, affection, and closeness in your relationship. I can help you enhance your communication skills keeping conflict discussions calm- creating more understanding between you and your partner.

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

Every relationship has its ups and downs. Sometimes, these ups and downs become a habit, and it may be difficult to remember why you are together, or even doubt that you want to stay together. Getting help in couples counseling can give you and your partner the skills and support you need to feel seen, heard, and understood in the relationship. I help and support couples in getting to this point.

— Ania Scanlan, Therapist in Roseville, MN
 

Let’s be honest. Many of us did not have great role-modeling about what healthy relationships look like or how exactly to pull that off. And also…You have a basic human drive to be in relationships and connected with friends, family, co-workers, and romantically. It’s crucial to your survival and happiness. And of course you want to be in relationships where you feel understood, safe, loved, and able to communicate easily without frequent fighting or feeling uncertain. But instead, you end up feeling hurt or misunderstood. You don’t feel comforted or supported in the ways that you need. You don’t feel as close to others as you want to feel. Little issues end up turning into big fights and hurt feelings or maybe you avoid bringing things up because you don’t want an argument. Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT) is based in over 40 years of research into what makes relationships work and what destroys them. GMCT helps improve communication and increase closeness and intimacy.

— Heather McKenzie, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Humans are social creatures and positive relationships are important for well being. How we navigate dynamics with others can be the difference between a happy, fulfilling life, or one that isn't. Maintaining personal boundaries, integrity, and staying true to what brings joy and meaning while relating to partners, lovers, friends, co-workers, and family can be tricky at times. I am a solution focused clinician that is competent, compassionate, and non judgmental.

— Dr. Cynthia Giocomarra, Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY
 

I work with families and relationships to explore those things that get in the way of satisfying and supportive connection. I'm sex-positive, kink friendly, and poly-aware- so if these are things that you would like to explore, know that my door is open to you.

— Esther Benoit, Licensed Professional Counselor in Newport News, VA

Having fulfilling relationships of any kind is the hardest part of living well. Add sexual attraction to the mix and you're in for a bumpy ride. The more intimacy you want to achieve, the trickier things get. It's odd that we save our worst behavior for those we love the most. I can teach you why and what to do about it. Love is a skill. Learn the skill and have fulfilling relationships.

— Eddie Reece, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alpharetta, GA
 

Relationships can be so rewarding, yet so difficult to maintain. By the time you’ve gotten to this website, you’ve probably tried multiple ways to improve your relationship. Most people never expect issues in their relationship and it’s sometimes hard to comprehend just what went wrong. Your friends and family, if they know, may not know how to support you. We can help. We’re LiveBeyond Counseling & Coaching, and we’re here to help. You want to be able to not just get along, but thrive!

— Heather Landeros, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

We want freedom and intimacy. We want to feel like we’re at home and at the same time we want spontaneity. We want the security of deeply knowing someone but we’re afraid to let that person in. We seek everything from one person that a whole village used to provide. There are plenty of reasons why you might be feeling unsatisfied or hurt or betrayed or all of the of the above in your relationship. I want to guide you in understanding the complexities of modern love and support you in managing these paradoxes.

— Madeline Fox, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
 

I've supported many clients in navigating the challenges and complications of relationships, including the "should I stay or should I go" phase, helping them clarify the potential of their partnerships and feel confident in their decisions. Many of my clients are looking to improve communication. I use empathy-based approaches such as Nonviolent Communication to help create more satisfying conversations and a deeper sense of connection with their partners, family members, and friends.

— Susan LaCroix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Many clients attend therapy upon feet interpersonal conflict within their marriage or relationship. Some folks report an affair, or feelings of betrayal due to lack connection and intimacy.

— Marissa Talarico, Counselor in Vancovuer, WA
 

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I aid people in healing from past relationship trauma and build more satisfying romantic relationships. I utilize the emotionally focused therapy model while working with couples to aid them in understanding patterns within their relationship and how to truly connect with one another.

— Simone Reed, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Austin, TX

I help people who want to live more fulfilled lives. Often times this boils down to relationships with others and certainly with self. When we hide parts of ourselves – the messy parts, the tough parts, the parts we’re ashamed of – we don’t show up fully and therefore don't give others the opportunity to love ALL of us. I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help my couples achieve better communication, connection and fulfillment.

— Kimberly Fann, Mental Health Counselor in Oviedo, FL
 

Long-lasting, successful relationships can be hard work and I believe it is an act of faith and bravery for a couple to acknowledge that a problem exists and make the conscious choice to work with a therapist. Their willingness and commitment to growth is an investment with many benefits. I work from a systems perspective—that problems between a couple are best treated by changing the way the "couple" works rather than trying to fix just one person in the relationship. My goal is to help them restore their relationship to a healthier level of functioning without either partner having to breach their core values, dreams, or deeply held beliefs. Another approach I use are the techniques of Emotionally Focused Therapy. I encourage couples to express their actions and emotions in a non-judgmental environment. By observing the feelings of one partner, the other can gain insight and perception into the effect their own actions have on the relationship as a whole.

— Debra Schnack, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Avoiding conflict with your spouse because you fear nothing will get resolved in your relationship? Feel discouraged or helpless because the same types of fights with your partner happen over and over again? Suffering due to cheating or infidelity in your relationship? Whether you’re just looking to improve your relationship, or are experiencing more serious problems, I can help. I help couples create more safe, stable, and intimate relationships so you can learn to trust and rely on one another to meet your deepest wants and needs.

— Jon Fox, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

My license is in Marriage & Family Therapy which means I am trained and skilled to work on relationships of all configurations. I have strong interests in working with adult clients of childhood alcoholic and/or abusive homes as well as divorce and

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

Does it feel like no matter how hard your try, your relationships aren't satisfying? Often, our early childhood experiences with caregivers leave imprints that shape our thoughts and beliefs in ways we are not even aware of. Using Hakomi, a mindfulness-based, experiential approach to therapy, I can help you explore and transform these patterns so you can get what you want in your relationships, whether with romantic partners, friends or family members.

— Claudia Hartke, Psychologist in Boulder, CO

A good relationship is one where both parties can show up with their true selves and stay connected. You should not have to change who you are to be loved, and, likewise, you want return the love and to be accepting of your partner's true self. Couples run into problems when they feel they cannot be themselves and be accepted. Counseling can help you learn how to live more in the ideals of love, and less in the hurt and conflict.

— Dana Frederick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marietta, GA
 

Many relationships go through a patch where disharmony, miscommunication, & a lack of intimacy ​takes over leading many couples to ponder "can this be fixed" or "should we just walk away?" Relationship counseling helps couples to navigate & explore these uncertainties with honesty in a safe nonjudgmental neutral space. By learning new communication & problem-solving skills, couples learn to renegotiate the relationship agreement to compromise & get what they want which may be learning to talk to

— Monique Randle, Clinical Social Worker in Hot Springs, AR

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

When both partners are committed to making the marriage/relationship work, we will work on strengthening or repairing your relationship. It does not matter how big the problems feel or how long they've been happening; what matters is that you both know you want to stay in the relationship and are willing to work on it.

— Rebecca Azar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

I work with clients dating/married individually or as couples improving relationship skills. I also help couples isolate an issue and overcome it to move forward. I use a multitude of tools to help clients overcome loss, infidelity, trust issues, fear of commitment and other complications of relationships. I specialize in helping clients improve their dating life so they can find better success.

— Deni Abbie, Therapist in Grapevine, TX
 

Working with couples, I have found that many are more prepared to talk when in a safe setting where they will not be judged.

— Shawn Beard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
 

Trust, intimacy, communication -- breakdowns in any of these can make satisfying long-term relationships difficult to sustain. I can help you explore the obstacles to a fulfilling partnership, and discuss frequent problems that occur, such as lack of transparency about money; differences in sexual desire; imbalances in division of labor; the push-pull between needing to be one's one person and needing to feel at-one with another.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I am very effective with couples and this is one of my strongest areas of expertise. I help couples to have better communication, trust and a stronger commitment and connection.

— Montrella Cowan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

Trust, intimacy, communication -- breakdowns in any of these can make satisfying long-term relationships difficult to sustain. I can help you explore the obstacles to a fulfilling partnership, and discuss frequent problems that occur, such as lack of transparency about money; differences in sexual desire; imbalances in division of labor; the push-pull between needing to be one's one person and needing to feel at-one with another.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Couples counseling can be vulnerable and challenging - and also a game changer. I love seeing couples reconnect after struggling in their relationship. I will teach you how to listen and understand one another so that you can break free from the stories that keep you stuck in anger, resentment and pain. I also want you to know that I am very comfortable talking about sex and challenges in couples sex lives.

— Diana Teich, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Gotten level training 1 Prepare and Enrich (coming soon) 30 year marriage

— Lori DeBlaker, Counselor in Clayton, NC
 

I support couples in increasing intimacy, improving communication, and building trust through using nonviolent communication, embodiment practices, and creating a safe space to talk through what otherwise is difficult to discuss. Www.SanFranciscoIntimacyTherapist.com

— Karen Wolfe, Marriage & Family Therapist in San francisco, CA

Many couples come to therapy to address communication issues, though in my experience things are rarely as simple as just figuring out the "right way" to talk to each other. Perhaps your interactions have become tense, or you find yourself having the same arguments over and over. Or maybe things have gotten so strained between you that you barely feel safe or comfortable talking at all. Couples therapy can be both painful and joyful; it is a chance to heal, reconnect, and rediscover intimacy.

— Frances Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I am an experienced couples therapist. I use an attachment-based approach that is influenced by Stan Tatkin's PACT model. I also utilize mindfulness and body-centered approaches to working with each other.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

The average human brain contains about 100 billion neurons. Each brain has about 100 trillion connections among those neurons. Intimate relationships involve the intersection of two of those colossally complex brains. That is why relationships are challenging. They are the most difficult thing we try to do. Even people who grow up in homes where the adults are skilled at relationships struggle. And most of us are not that lucky. Developing deep relational skill leads toward happiness.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in AUSTIN, TX, TX
 

Secrecy, infidelity, and sexual addiction often have a traumatizing impact on relationships. I have helped many couples suffering from this type of relational trauma, helping them build a new relationship based on trust, honesty, and connection.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

As a sex therapist I am often working with couples. So in addition to the sex therapy training, I also have "relationship" training. I really like the Gottman Method for couples counseling because the Gottman's incorporate a lot of theories into their approach. They are down to earth and well researched! Their methods work! My goal is to teach you how to engage in positive, productive dyadic communication, so you won't need me to follow you around and facilitate all of your conversations.

— Paula Kirsch, Clinical Social Worker in Detroit, MI
 

Break-ups, or even taking a relationship to the next level, has the potential to provide new opportunities for support and growth. I guide my clients as they develop an understanding of their roles in relationships and how to balance supporting someone else while still engaging in self-care.

— Matianna Baldassari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

My license is in Marriage & Family Therapy which means I am specifically trained and skilled to work on relationships of all configurations. I have strong interests in working with adult clients of childhood alcoholic and/or abusive (emotional, physical, mental, sexual) homes as well as divorce. I have advanced training in Attachment Theory from a Somatic perspective which I find especially effective when working with clients on this topic. I have both personal and professional experience with marriage, open relationships, divorce, conscious uncoupling and the poly lifestyle.

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

I have worked with many couples of all orientations to learn now to communicate and build a better life together. Here are some topics I work with most often: Navigating the path to intimacy, Effectively sharing and communicating emotions, Creating romance between best friends, Juggling career, children, and intimacy, Being vulnerable , and Building and repairing the safety of trust. I have experience working with non heteronormative relationships, including poly couples, gay and lesbian relationships, and kink dynamics.

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR
 

Relationships are the foundation of life. They are also where our greatest struggles arise. It is this complexity that can overwhelm and confuse us and entice us to lean on dysfunctional patterns. Through an exploration of present and past experiences, I make use of experiential modalities to create new experiences that allow for an expanded sense of what is possible in relationship.

— Camillia Thompson, Counselor in PORTLAND, OR

My license is in Marriage & Family Therapy which means I am trained and skilled to work on relationships of all configurations. I have strong interests in working with adult clients of childhood alcoholic and/or abusive homes as well as divorce and

— Vanessa Tate, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

I specialize in working with multiracial couples or couples who are navigating significant differences in background, upbringing, or seeking to be grow beyond what they were given in their families of origin. Issues addressed include challenges with intimacy, betrayal, and difficulties with communication that escalate. Even when you have many similarities -- cultural or racial differences, regional differences, personality differences, gender socialization differences, differences in how you were raised, or opinion -- can lead to conflict. These underlying (sometimes obvious, sometimes not in your awareness) patterns from the past, ingrained values, or even stuff you thought you had worked through, can show up as get closer and deepen commitments. I particularly work with couples where one or both members are immigrants or children of immigrants, Asian American, or also navigating cultural differences intergenerationally from their parents. Here are some issues in which I support you Improving Communication * Support in having difficult conversations * Learning skills to navigate difficult conversations on your own. * Making communication easier * Staying True to Your Own Needs, While Staying Connected * Healing Interenerational Trauma * Early Childhood Trauma and Mental Health Challenges in Relationship My approach to couples therapy focuses on attachment, theories of effective communication and bridging differences, and the importance of the emotional bond.

— Eveline Wu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

All couples are welcome at Refresh Therapy. Whether you are dating, living together, engaged, married or anything in between—couples therapy can be a great way to improve your relationship. We believe that each couple has its own unique challenges and history, and we tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

— Refresh Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA
 

Are you feeling frustrated with your relationship? Do you find yourselves arguing about finances and housework? Is it hard to trust your partner? Relationships can be challenging in our fast paced world with so many demands on our time and energy. We can help you and your partner increase respect, affection, and closeness in your relationship. I can help you enhance your communication skills keeping conflict discussions calm- creating more understanding between you and your partner.

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

Many clients come to me when their relationship is stuck, unsatisfactory, or just downright miserable. Often they ask,"Can I work on my relationship if my partner won't come in?" The answer is Yes! You can learn about your own unhealthy relationship patterns and change how you interact– your partner will have to adapt one way or another. The dynamic will not stay the same. Or maybe you are trying to decide whether to get out of a relationship, or how to get over one that just ended. If your partner wants to come in too, that's great! Couples therapy can be a great way not only to improve your relationship, but to grow as a person. I have specific training in relationship therapy, and I have techniques that I can teach you either as a couple or as an individual that will help you improve your relationships, as well as how you feel about yourself. Relationship therapy is all about growing as a person, so that you are available to have a relationship that rocks your life!

— Amy McManus, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Every couple has a life of it's own. Often the patterns of conflict and disengagement are bigger and more powerful than one person. This is why I help couples not only identify their patterns, but learn new ways of regulating and managing their emotions together... in session. My goal is that you walk away with renewed empathy and deeper connection.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Relationship and marriage issues are emotionally charged. It is hard to separate what are each person’s own issues from the problems between the individuals. It is easy to be activated by accusations and behaviors of the other person. This makes it hard to know where to start, or even what to believe. Whether your relationship is just growing stale or is co-dependent or even abusive, it is important for you to focus on your own healing and growth. I will help you find your footing, so you have a place to stand in strength and confidence. This will allow you to then work on your relationship issues without having your personal stuff get in the way.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

My approach with couples is direct and engaged. Through laugher, play, and warm regard for all stories in the room we uncover authentic connection. Generally couples work is brief and outcome focused.

— Genevieve Saenz, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Relationship issues are the focus of my practice, and also what drew me to this work in the first place . Even when I see people individually typically they're discussing their relationships- whether romantic or otherwise. Relationships are key in our lives, and there's nothing I love more than helping people struggling in a relationship, start to find their footing and gain confidence and connection with each other again.

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

Couples Therapy Can Save Your Relationship. If you have tried to improve your relationship and haven’t succeeded, you are wise to be looking for a couples therapist. With commitment and a desire to get your relationship back on track, your chances of succeeding are strong. My expertise working with gay, lesbian and transgender couples, can help turn your relationship around and deepen the love you have for each other.

— Brian Gieringer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA
 

Every relationship presents its own unique challenges and growing opportunities. I specialize in helping couples, and poly groups understand their own backgrounds, approaches to communication, conflict, sexuality, growth, changes, and love to facilitate healthy workable relationships.

— Jon Fenton, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

I love working with couples! It is something I am passionate about. I help couples by helping them discover the patterns of interactions that sabotage their relationship. It's about understanding how to communicate differently and understanding how our own wounds affect each other. I use an emotionally focused approach that helps couples reconnect and end the distance they feel with each other.

— Gordon Brewer, Counselor in Kingsport, TN
 

I really enjoy working with couples. I have level 1 training in the Gottman Method. Couples therapy can help you if you are having communication difficulties, fighting about the same things over and over or feel distance in your relationship. I utilize techniques from the Gottman Method as well as attachment based and psycho-dynamic therapies. I can help you uncover connections within your dynamic and support you in creating the relationship you want.

— Erin Rieger, Counselor in Redondo Beach, CA

I used the Gottman's method of couples counseling. In this approach, the focus is on the relationship, opening up the lines of communication, and helping both partners feel heard. This is often at the core of why relationships grind to a stop. Having a third impartial party help you move these issues along can restore your hope in your relationship.

— Christa Vermillera, Counselor in Melbourne, FL
 

Intimate relationships are wonderful and messy. The attachment bonds are powerful and can bring both pleasure and pain. It is usually small breaks in the bond that keep adding together to the point that we are miserable. Coming to understand what we need and what our partner needs in the relationship can be the foundation of rebuilding the relationship bond. Finding ways to bring joy, playfulness and meaning into the relationship is important.

— Ginger Bahardar, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bonsall, CA

Healthy relationships are at the center of any safe and effective support system. Unfortunately, the components of healthy relationships are not often taught to children in today's society, nor has it been taught for many generations. The patriarchal society we live in has led to destructive and harmful relationship practices that lead to dysfunctional relationships and behaviors. Thus, teaching people how to develop and maintain healthy relationships is very important and applicable to most.

— Nathan Jacquez, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT
 

Relationships are hard and like a car sometimes they need a tune up. You need someone to guide you to healing and health in the relationship. Conflicts and concerns that surface in a partnership are more complex than what they seem on the surface. Sometimes, it is very hard to fix these problems simply by improving communications, developing intimacy and establishing common goals for the relationship. My style is to dig more into what causes the problem for the couple as those conflicts emerge onto the relationship through communications, actions or reactions, disconnected feelings, betrayals and/or affairs. As a couples’ therapist, I view interactions and dynamics in a relationship that become troubled in context. I seek to understand how the problems presented are informed by the relationship, as well as each person’s history and belief system that is brought into the relationship.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I work with people and their partners to resolve relationship issues, whether married, dating, polyamorous, gay, straight, or TGNC. I help people grow toward each other and into their authentic selves in relationships.

— Sarah Blaszczak, in Portland, OR

I am a level II PACT (The Psychobiological Approach to Couple's Therapy) counselor. PACT is currently leading the way in couples therapy. I draw from this model while working with couples and individuals exploring relationship/marriage issues. I have experience working with codependent dynamics, intimacy issues and sex/money/parenting issues.

— Trevor Brown, Therapist in Boulder, CO
 

Relationship difficulties are painful and all consuming, and are not limited to intimate partners; friend, family, and coworker relationships can also wreak havoc on our day to day lives. You might feel like you are on a roller coaster-one day is perfect, the next awful and back up and down again and again. You may fear being rejected if people really knew you, or feel that you are responsible for making sure your entire family is always happy.

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Lake Oswego, OR

I work with clients with recurring relational issues or current relationship concerns. This includes friendships, romantic partners, family, etc. If you are having trouble connecting to people in your life that share the same values, or navigating your individual desires amidst expectations in a relationship, or feeling that your feelings are frequently impacted by others, let's work together on taking inventory of your current relationships, setting helpful boundaries, and accessing the right people for you.

— Alysa Romano, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Dating in New York City, let alone Manhattan, is... hard, to put it mildly. You go on date after date, trying to find a genuine connection. Yet you find yourself repeating the same old patterns--in dating and in relationships. Still, it's hard to let go of the past and stay open to new people, without feeling the same old fears. In this city's dating culture, it's hard to figure out how to improve your dating life and nourish real relationships. I can help you find greater balance in your love life, by learning to discern between which relationships to spend time and energy on, and by addressing the patterns that keep you in relationships that aren't worth your time, or are unhealthy. That way, you can build a life that attracts someone who is a better fit for you.

— Daniel Gaztambide, Psychologist in New York, NY

I have a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. My training in couples counseling best fits couples that have been together a shorter time and would like to steer clear of repeating old unhealthy habits from past relationships. I see many couples that would like premarital counseling or couples that are newly married and experiencing some road bumps in their relationship.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Trust, intimacy, communication -- breakdowns in any of these can make satisfying long-term relationships difficult to sustain. I can help you explore the obstacles to a fulfilling partnership, and discuss frequent problems that occur, such as lack of transparency about money; differences in sexual desire; imbalances in division of labor; the push-pull between needing to be one's one person and needing to feel at-one with another.

— Jeffrey Kishner, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

No two relationships are the same and everyone brings their own unique style to communicating and loving their partner. My goal is to help those styles become sync while keeping the integrity of each person's identity.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY
 

As a counselor trained specifically in couples, marriage, and family therapy, I specialize in relationship counseling. I support couples from the early stages in premarital counseling, all the way through the lifecycle of a relationship, potentially including divorce counseling. I use Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy as my primary modality, which will support you/your relationship in getting right down to the heart of relational issues in a safe, supportive manner.

— Kelly Arthur, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I am working toward becoming a Certified Gottman Method Couple Therapist, and have training and experience in Emotionally Focused Therapy as well - two of the most well-researched, well-validated approaches to couple and relationship work. I begin every case with an in-depth assessment of relationship strengths and challenges, which will provide a road map for our work together.

— Sheila Addison, in Oakland, CA
 

Relationships begin with ourselves. We get to decide what they look like and with who we want to have them. You can get to know when you should start them, and when they should end. You can learn to recognize when they are good for you, and when they are not. You can have healthy and satisfying relationships. Let's figure out what you want and what you deserve.

— Tara Currie-Martinez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burlingame, CA

Connecting with others is one of the greatest joys in life. When we cannot connect we start to feel like we are missing out on one of the most important parts of our world. It can be hard to change on our own. We can find ourselves fighting with our partners about the simplest of things and never understand why we fought in the first place. Creating healthy relationships is all about learning how to live in a community. In therapy we learn to understand your place in the community.

— Shoshana Aal, Counselor in Denver, CO
 

Imagine feeling completely connected with your loved one, partner, or child. Learn how to communicate in a way that you both feel heard and understood. Learn the tools to connect with others with empathy and understanding. Finally have the relationships you have always wanted.

— Kirsten Lesch, Counselor in Skaneateles, NY

Looking for outside help in your relationship can be one of the best things you can do for your relationship or marriage. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today .

— JADI FERGEN, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Relationship concerns of all kinds are an area of deep specialization for me. I became certified by the Gottman Institute of Seattle over 10 years ago. I apply the research from the Gottman Insitute in my work with individual clients as well as couples of all kinds. This training involved attending a series of live workshops in Seattle and then individual supervision with a seasoned Gottman Therapist. The supervision meetings were based on reviewing video samples of me as I used the research principles during actual client sessions. This allowed me to get feedback and eventually demonstrate competence with the concepts and techniques of Gottman's work. This program was rigorous and rewarding. Since going through this training, I am never at a loss for words with couples. I have a reliable sense of how best to pace our sessions and can share materials and ideas that keep people steadily progressing toward their goals.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

In a relationship you have the right to your partner's attention. You have the right to a partner who will try to work out your differences. This will involve honesty about sex and sharing the household load. It takes determination to show affection, gratitude, and to give your partner the benefit of the doubt.

— Charles Allen, Counselor in Dunedin, FL

Relationships are one of the most important thing we as human beings have in our life. When our relationships are struggling we begin to struggle. I want to help you have satisfying, strong, healthy relationships in life. Relationships between siblings, family, marriage, parenting, and friendship are all equally important. Together we will restore and mend relationship brokenness, hurts, resentments, and loneliness.

— Erica London, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA
 

I work with all sorts of couples and individuals around communication and striving to get to a better place in all types of relationships-romantic and otherwise.

— Risha Nathan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

From couples wanting a better connection, to those trying to overcome infidelity and other relationship injuries, I will, in a non-judgemental compassionate manner, help you learn a more authentic way of communicating that can result in increased intimacy and stronger bonds that continue improving well beyond the end of therapy. My method of couples treatment is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). A short term structured approach, EFT is extensively researched with studies showing 70% to 75% of couples move from distress to recovery, often accompanied by decreased symptoms of other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I welcome traditional and non-traditional couples and will never give up on your relationship. I will work to help you create a partnership in which you can be your true authentic selves. Many people can't even imagine what that would be like. But it really is possible. And it feels incredible. Couples therapy is a specialty. A great individual therapist who has limited training and experience with couples can actually do more harm than good to a relationship. EFT is the best researched and most effective couples therapy available today. Your relationship deserves a chance, and EFT gives it the best chance.

— Jonathan Zalesne, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO