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

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
 

When I work with you as a couple, we go deeper than what’s on the surface to explore the underlying emotions that are affecting how you relate to each other. Emotionally focused therapy for couples and Prepare/Enrich assessments are valuable tools I use to help you get a clearer understanding of your relationship and see positive changes. You CAN come out of a difficult time stronger and closer than ever.

— Lisa Hedden, Counselor in Tucker, GA

Using REBT, I help couples to understand that all of us are responsible for our own emotional reactions; consequently, it is helpful to avoid blaming our partner for the way that we feel and behave. I also encourage finding an emotional solution prior to a practical one. This means that before we try to practically resolve a specific problem, we focus on evaluating the way each partner thinks about problems in general, which helps us to uncover their underlying unhealthy belief patterns.

— Jaclyn Hall, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tampa, FL
 

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
 

If you come to me seeking assistance for your relaitonship or marriage, I will draw on the principles of several evidence based practices with an emphasis on the Gottman method. Each client will complete assessments and individual sessions in the beginning of treatment following our initial couples session. We will identify strengths to build on and areas that need improvement.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL
 

If any of these sound like issues you would like to work on, don't hesitate to reach out. Recognizing relationship patterns (both healthy and unhealthy) Enhance the way you Communicate with each other and become better at arguing productively. Re-introduce passion to your marriage Learn to Utilize your strengths that you already possess and use these to enhance your relationship Discover reasons behind reactions Learn each other’s needs and how to meet them

— Lydia Blackwell, Counselor in Johnson City, TN

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
 

Using REBT, I help couples to understand that all of us are responsible for our own emotional reactions; consequently, it is helpful to avoid blaming our partner for the way that we feel and behave. I also encourage finding an emotional solution prior to a practical one. This means that before we try to practically resolve a specific problem, we focus on evaluating the way each partner thinks about problems in general, which helps us to uncover their underlying irrational belief patterns.

— Jaclyn Hall, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tampa, FL

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
 

Using a blend of the Gottman Method as well as Attachment Theory, I desire to create a safe and non-judgmental environment in which you and your partner can work toward your goals, such as improved communication, coping with infidelity, reigniting passion, coping with role changes, family dynamics, and more. We will work toward non-toxic communication about the various concerns that you may have regarding your relationship.

— Julie DiNuoscio, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

Do you wonder when you'll be enough? Concerned that you will continue looping around and around the same conflicts without any resolution? Always feeling misunderstood? It doesn't have to be this way. I help couples move from conflict to connection; from resentment to forgiveness; and from hurt to healing by helping identify the patterns of relating that are not working, and providing new skills and behaviors to feel the way you wish to feel in your relationship.

— Michele OMara, Counselor in Plainfield, IN

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, Counselor in Oakland, CA

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
 

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

Reed's approach to relationship therapy is informed by the research of Drs. John & Julie Gottman (The Gottman Method) and Susan Johnson (Emotion Focused Couples Therapy) which he uses to provide clients with pre-commitment, conflict management, co-parenting, infidelity recovery, and divorce transition support.

— Reed Balentine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Little Rock, AR
 

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

Some specific issues I work with couples on include: Recognizing relationship patterns (both healthy and unhealthy) Enhancing the way you Communicate with each other and becoming better at arguing productively, Re-introducing passion to your marriage, Learning to Utilize your strengths that you already possess and use these to enhance your relationship, Discovering reasons behind reactions, and Learning each other’s needs and how to meet them.

— Lydia Blackwell, Counselor in Johnson City, TN
 

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

In addition to being an Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in TX, I am also a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute. I completed additional education and training in order to be competent to work with couples struggling with a relationship or marriage issue. I work with relationships of all shapes and sizes, not just marriages.

— Katherine Mitchell, Counselor in Houston, TX
 

You have a lingering feeling that there may be something you’re subconsciously unaware of that is blocking deep connection. Maybe you’re curious if you have attachment, commitment, or codependency issues. It takes a great understanding of yourself to be able to successfully date and be in a relationship with others. Therapy can help you: Identify your needs and how to get them met; Heal and grow from your pain; Explore the past; Address internal barriers to connection; Develop your sense of self

— Ashley Vo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA