Couples Counseling

Couples counseling helps couples of all types — married or not — understand and resolve conflicts and learn how to build and maintain healthy, loving, and respectful relationships. People come together for a reason. Couples and individuals can get into conflicted patterns of beliefs, behaviors, and thoughts that bring repeated arguments about the same things. 

Being stuck and unable to recover a healthy relationship leads to a sense of frustration and helplessness. Communication breaks down, and conflict patterns continue and escalate. Feelings of depression and anxiety are often part of the experience. This doesn’t mean the marriage is bad. Most couples periodically struggle and go through rough times. These are “growing pains” that can be resolved with an intervention. 

Coping with the stresses of life requires learned skills, so it is only natural that people need guidance in acquiring new skills. The good news is that with education and effort, even very difficult problems can be overcome. Ultimately, any crisis, hurdle, or rut is an opportunity for growth.

The most common issues that bring couples into counseling are:

  • Affairs
  • Feeling distant from each other
  • Resentment
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Inability to communicate
When should couples seek counseling:
  • Pre-marital counseling. Pre-marital counseling offers couples planning to get married a therapeutic opportunity to better explore their expectations, compatibility, values, and long-term goals. This pre-marriage counseling can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each other and iron out differences before a union is sealed.
  • Strengthening bonds. You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy. Marriage counseling can also help couples who simply want to get a “tune-up” and strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other.
  • Marriage/relationship counseling. When couples are married or in a relationship and struggling.

I will never tell you that your marriage or relationship shouldn’t be. I offer non-judgmental support, practical tools, and straightforward feedback. We are always working towards having each person understand the other’s point of view. Our goal is to enable each person to be heard and to hear themselves. With that outlook, we move towards resolution. 

Click here to read frequently asked questions about couples counseling.

Dona was interviewed and featured in an article in the University of Tennessee Alumni Magazine about Couples Counseling.  Please click here to read the full article.  To download a PDF of the article, click here.

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