Marriage Counseling | Couples Therapy


Here at the Center, we love working with couples and poly relationships. Much of the time, couples counseling, relationship counseling, marriage counseling, and couples therapy are very interchangeable. But the gist is that we work with people who are in relationships that could use a little help to discover what’s healthy.

What is couples counseling?

Let's start with the basics. Couples counseling is a style of counseling where partners come in for help regarding some sort of issue. One exception to this is premarital counseling, which is more about coming in prior to issues popping up.

We do work with people in poly relationships, we just use "couples counseling" as a term to describe our work.

Why do couples come in for couples therapy or marriage counseling?

There are numerous reasons couples come in for couples counseling. These can be related to a partner having an affair, partners engaging in 'negative' conflict, lacking good communication, struggling with sex-related issues, wanting premarital counseling, lacking intimacy, or feeling disconnected.

The reality is that the list isn't even exhaustive. And you know what? Some people don't even know why they're there, they just know that things aren't the way they used to be and that they're not happy with the current state of affairs. 

We say this with the utmost sincerity - any reason you want to come in is okay. Seriously. If you're not sure of why, if you're not sure if it's worth it, if you're on the fence, if you're feeling on the verge of having an affair, if you're unhappy but haven't told your partner how unhappy you are, or any other reason, it's all okay. We can work through and with all of those things (plus more). 

What can I expect?

Well, you can expect some of what's highlighted above - talking to your partner, using specific techniques and interventions (although not every session and not all the time), and learning and practicing antidotes to the four horsemen.  

What's more important, however, is what you can expect from your couples counselor. You can expect to be met with:

  • compassion

  • understanding

  • acceptance

How do I decide if I need couples counseling or individual counseling?

This is easier to speculate about than to actually answer. The long and short of it is this: it's our belief that if you're dealing with a relationship issue, then couples counseling is right for you. Regardless of whether you think it's "your issue" to fix, if it's showing up between the two of you, then it's relevant for couples counseling.

And if there's something that requires/need individual counseling? Then we'd usually recommend that you do both at the same time. Research indicates that doing individual counseling along with couples counseling usually is more effective than simply doing individual counseling. For example, if partner A has to work on self-esteem or boundaries (within her relationship, but also in general), then that work can be done solo, sure, but can also be done in the context of the relationship.

How do I choose the right therapist?

This probably sounds silly, but one of our favorite things is getting clients hooked up with the right counselor.  A lesser known fact about counseling is that your success is partially based on the trust you have in and the support you feel with your couples counselor.

We've said it before, but it's worth it to note again - we're passionate about couples counseling and relationships. We strive to do the best work we can, using the Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach, and ensuring that our team has proper training and qualifications (and supervision or consultation) in order to do the most effective work possible.


More About The Center

The Center for Mental and Sexual Health helps the members of our community thrive!

The design of our practice is to meet the needs of our communities by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors all vary in their expertise, working with clients from 14 and up, on a wide range of issues. It is essential to us that we set you up to succeed and that we pair you with the therapist who will be the best fit for you. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and practice to provide quality therapy for those who seek it.

What Will You Pay for Counseling?

Counseling is a fee for service program and The Center accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial and follow-up session costs $150 we don’t charge different rates, it’s just easier that way. You and your therapist will discuss the recommended number of sessions during your initial contact based on your unique situation.

The Center accepts certain Employee Assistance Programs. Typically, if you’re using this type of program, you’ve been referred to our practice. Please inquire with our intake specialists to see if your EAP is accepted.

Therapy is an investment in yourself and getting help with things that hold you back in your day to day life. With self-pay we are not required to have a diagnosis for continuing services and that takes away insurance companies control over you. This allows you to retain privacy and not deal with pre-existing conditions. We never share records with anyone you do not specify. If you do need to use your insurance to help with the cost of therapy, we can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for Out of Network reimbursement of services.

Your Next Steps

It is completely within your reach to cultivate a life that brings you peace. You can find purpose and meaning in this new era and design a life around the things that are important to you.

Ultimately, taking responsibility for the outcome of your life is the surest sign you are ready to handle the variety of life. The Center for Mental and Sexual Health is here to help.

Call +1 (941) 444-0570, send an email to, or click the Request Appointment button below to schedule your counseling session today.