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 have training and a master's degree in marriage and family counseling. I also have specialized training in open relationships and consensual non-monogamies.

— Kriston Nixon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA

Each member of the couple is invited into a process, which first leads to a secure relationship with him or herself. This then makes it possible to stay connected with oneself and one’s partner even in times of great stress within the relationship. Benefits of Couples and Marriage Counseling Include: Growing what is already good within your relationship; Feeling loved, honored, and understood by your partner; Creating deeper intimacy with your partner; Enjoying more passionate sex.

— Stacey Curnow, Counselor in Asheville, NC

Relationship challenges typically arise out of unclear communication. Communication training and techniques are the best way to get at underlying issues.

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

Let's improve that communication! Communication goes both ways: creating space in yourself to honor and express your wants, needs, and desires and holding space to value and receive your partner's wants, needs, and desires, in turn. I work to help you and your partner develop a loving, open connection with each other. Understanding your own and your partner's backgrounds, stressors, and familial relationships can help to bridge the gap to authentic connection in your relationship.

— Shelly Hogan, Counselor in Austin, TX

Premarital counseling reduces divorce rates by about 33%. I offer premarital counseling using the SYMBIS questionnaire, which helps to highlight the major areas that couples often neglect to talk about. Both partners will answer separate questionnaires, which will then send me a detailed report about your expectations about finances, in laws, roles and much more. We will then spend three, 90 minute sessions delving deep to work out the kinks and to give you tools to take forward into marriage.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

I am a level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy trained therapist.

— Jared Hood, Counselor in Clanton, AL

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 Cary, NC

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who can help you improve your relationship by developing communication skills, managing conflict effectively and strengthening emotional connection.

— Cara Allan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

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

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

I work with heterosexual and gay couples of all ages, in an environment where each person is heard and respected. Through dynamic dialogue, we identify patterns in your relationship that create distance, making it hard to feel safe. We look at ways for partners to understand each other better, develop effective ways of communicating and find a renewed sense of connection and solidarity.

— Sandra Amador Mora, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA

I am specifically licensed in Marriage therapy and have been trained using the Gottman Method for couples therapy. I have worked with couples coping with affairs, substance abuse issues and ongoing infidelity issues. These issues have been worked through with researched and evidenced based practices to rebuild friendship, trust and intimacy.

— Lauren Puleo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Boca Raton, FL

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

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

I work with couples that are dating, engaged, or married for a little while or for many years. Issues of communication, trust, lack of intimacy are what couples usually bring to the session. I position myself as the "relationship therapist". As a doctor, I'll work in making your relationship better. For that, I'll use many different skills acquired from different types of therapy: talk therapy, CBT, ACT, EFT, Mindfulness, Gottman, etc.

— Dr. Rosana Marzullo-Dove, PsyD, Psychologist in Tampa, FL

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

I work with couples struggling with communication, sexlessness/issues of desire, and conflict. I also offer premarital counseling.

— Maya Foster, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lanham, MD

As a Marriage/couples and Family Therapist. My focus is on relationships and the systems that they are apart of.

— Kristina Clancy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA