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 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

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

Even the healthiest of couples experience some degree of conflict in their lives. The secret is addressing those issues head-on and not letting your less-than-loving interactions define you or your relationship. By seeking out couples counseling, you can gain insight into your relationship dynamics, grow in both your physical and emotional intimacy, rebuild trust, and repair any lingering emotional wounds or traumas.

— Cyla Fisk, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Whether you are dating, engaged, or married, couples counseling can provide a safe and supportive place for couples to explore their relationship concerns with the support and expertise of a therapist. I will work with you to repair the damage that has occurred and help you develop a stronger relationship. I find that often couples have difficulty communicating with each other, or they simply forget what they loved about each other in the beginning.

— Nichole Bosserman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Washington, IL

I am a PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) level two trained therapist and use this approach to help intimate partners establish increased security, safety, and understanding for more connection and fulfillment in your partnership. You will learn to better understand each of your histories and sensitivities and build tools to better soothe and care for one another.

— Kaitlin Kindman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

In couples counseling, we collaborate to create relationships that are healthy and meet your mutual needs. We focus on the dynamics of your relationship and on your needs as individuals, exploring ways to heal emotional wounds. By healing our relationships we often find that we can create healthier future relationships, not just with intimate partners, but with our family, children, friends and colleagues.

— Char Aubrey, Counselor in Portland, OR

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 Studio City, CA

Having deep relationships is crucial to having a happy and meaningful life. In order to understand your life, we will have to understand the relationships that constitute your life and their emotional effect on you. We will look at your current-day relationships and how they compare to your early childhood relationships. Oftentimes, there are some obvious patterns that will shift once they are more thoroughly understood.

— David Hixon, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

I'm a Life-Cycle Celebrant and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with diverse couples preparing for, celebrating and meaningfully honoring the ritual of marriage, as well as in supporting couples at other transitions and challenges to connection and intimacy.

— Amy Benedict, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Highland, NY

Relationships, either romantic, with family, or with friends, can often be the greatest source of comfort and the greatest source of stress for us in our lives. Sometimes we get into patterns of having the same arguments or dilemmas over and over again, or choosing partners that aren't the best fit. If you're feeling stuck or need support, want help building insight or setting boundaries, I hope I can help.

— Jacob Donnelly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

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

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 passionate about healthy relationships! I have the education, training, and expertise to help you get the relationship that you have always wanted. Throughout the therapy experience, you and your partner can move from distance to bonding, isolation to intimacy, and confused communication to understanding. You can learn how to be more skilled in relationships: setting boundaries, getting your needs met, and improving communication, so that you can have the relationships you desire.

— C.J. Sanders, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

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 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

I have been working with couples since I started my MFT program. I have worked with hundreds of couples to help improve their communication styles, increase their passion, and feel respected in the relationship. I enjoy helping couples find the best way to communicate with one another and identify the patterns they need to work on.

— Samira Soroory, Counselor in Irvine, 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

Communication difficulty, desire discrepancy, unresolved conflict, infidelity, differences in emotional expression etc are welcome. I also conduct premarital therapy and discernment (whether couples want to be or stay together) therapy.

— Holly Mackin, Marriage & Family Therapist in MT HOLLY, 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

Relationships are hard yet rewarding. Whether it's a relationship with a romantic partner, family or yourself, none of these are easy. Whether is anticipating love, nurturing love, avoiding love, hiding love, or saying goodbye to love, none of these are easy either. With a background in psychodynamic and attachment theory, I'm here to support you to better understand yourself and your needs in relationships, improve your communication skills, and develop a deeper and meaningful connection.

— Margaret Li Aghaeepour, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

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