Couples Counseling

Every couple fights once in a while. It’s a normal, and even healthy, part of most relationships. However, when the frequency and seriousness of your fights start affecting your health and well-being, it may be time to speak with a professional. A therapist specializing in couples counseling is trained to help you and your partner(s) develop tools to better communicate (and fight constructively), help you achieve goals together, or move past a specific event or cause of conflict (such as infidelity, sex, or household duties). In addition to helping those in a relationship have a healthier partnership, couples counseling can also be helpful if you and your partner are considering a breakup or a divorce – having a professional guide you can aide the both of you in making an informed decision. Think it might be time to give couples counseling a try? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s couples counseling experts today.

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My license is in Marriage & Family Therapy which equips me to work with relationships of all types. My approach to couples work is somewhat eclectic, always experiential and embodied using somatic psychology, attachment theory, the Five Love Languages, and Nonviolent Communication. I believe having a whole sense of self vs becoming enmeshed in a partnership has a healthier balance. Just as much as I work with couples to deepen their communication, emotional intimacy and reconnect intimately, I also work with some couples to consciously uncouple and liberate each other to new life experiences. I am comfortable working with all configurations of relationships including same sex, open marriages, and poly/kink clients.

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

Through couples counseling I help couples discuss and identify what the vision is for their relationship. I help them discuss and identify areas for change and improvement. Many couples struggle with communication as well as reigniting the spark in their relationship. Life has many demands and at times couples have a hard time juggling it all. At times some couples experience infidelity and couples counseling can help to restore and rebuild the trust.

— Christine Hardway, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

I work with couples that have experienced infidelity and want to work on rebuilding their relationship. You don't have to be in the midst of a crisis to seek out help. Couples therapy is helpful for many couples whether dating, living together, or maintaining a long-distance relationship. Some typical issues addressed in couples therapy are infidelity, chronic illness, sex, anger, communication problems, child rearing, finances, substance abuse, and cross-cultural issues.

— Ania Scanlan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

I have completed several Gottman trainings and I am listed on the Gottman Institute website. I have extensive experience in pre-marital counseling, couples counseling , surviving infidelity and counseling couples with ADHD. I work with couples on how to really listen, how to have constructive conflict, how to see each other with compassion and understanding, how to increase connection and intimacy. The best relationships do not happen; they are made though conscious action.

— John Buscher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I prefer "relationship therapy" and I am specially trained in supporting people with non-typical relationship styles such as polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. I am attachment-centered and help people understand how their first relationships with their family of origin deeply impacts the ways we relate with the important people in our lives as adults.

— Molz Wirtz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

One of my other specialties is working with couples where a partner may struggle with a clinical diagnosis. I help couples to work through boundaries, communication and support.

— Essence Fiddemon, Counselor in Atlanta, Ga, GA
 

I have personally experienced a rich and generative 30 year marriage, the heartbreaking transition of divorce and mid-life dating and relationships. As a Life-Cycle Celebrant and a therapist I have been honored to work with diverse couples and families at the thresholds of marriage and the birth of children. When couples have lost intimacy and connection, I enjoy helping them communicate, rediscover their vitality and clarify how they want to live -- sometimes together, sometimes apart.

— Amy Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New Paltz, NY

Life is messy. Relationships are messy. Together we can help sort the struggles with your loved ones.

— Kathleen Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I can teach you tools to communicate more effectively with each other and to rebuild shattered trust, so that both of you feel heard and respected. As mutual trust and respect grows, both of you will become less quick to misjudge each other’s motives, and quicker to apologize when you’re wrong, or to forgive when your partner errs. I can also help you resolve conflicts that arise from differences in financial, personal, and parenting styles as well as issues with in-laws.

— Dr Dan Cohen, Psychologist in NYC, NY

My work with couples is informed by the work of Esther Perel and by the concepts and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

— Angela Allan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I utilize the Gottman Method in my approach to couples counseling, which allows me a framework to explore the idea that healthy communication and friendship are the core features in a successful relationship. I have experience working with couples in many capacities, and a lot of comfort working with feelings of stuckness in a relationship. I am open-relationship affirming and believe that couple's counseling is simply about the interactions between two people with affection for each other.

— Cameron Cready-Pyle, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bryn Mawr, PA

Working from a Level II certification in Restoration Couples Therapy, I will guide you in exploring patterns that haven’t served you, opening the door and leading you to a world of healthier communication and increased self/other awareness. You’ll enjoy the strength you experience from remaining present for yourself and your partner.

— Gavin Cross, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I work with all relationship structures!

— Dr. Elyssa Helfer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

When working with couples, I help them to recognize that transgressions can be overcome through consistent counseling that will address ways to begin the forgiveness process, develop appropriate conflict resolution and establish appropriate communication methods.

— Stephen Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I have extensive training in several evidence-based models (e.g., EFT and the Gottman method) and the large majority of my clinical experience is working with couples and families.

— Kaleb Burningham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

— Mirta Innis-Thompson, Psychotherapist in North Bethseda, MD

Focusing on specialized training since 2014, and working with couples for over a decade, I aim to help you with a blend of approaches best suited to what you need. My extensive experience tells me couples work can be a complex process of learning how to better communicate and change your interactions from a place of insight and love. I believe it's one of the most transformational forms of healing that supports learning to open your heart even when in pain and empowering yourself to change.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA