Couples Counseling

Couples Therapy

When life is difficult, relationships difficulties are often one of the first issues to arise. Interpersonal problems are a common symptom of many psychological problems, and are a secondary effect of many others.

Romantic conflict can arise for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, external forces place pressure on the relationship and result in strain. Other times, personality, cultural, or religious differences can divide people. Navigating life transitions (such as having children, or children leaving home) can be extremely taxing on a relationship. Of course, couples struggling with difficult issues such as infidelity and discussions of divorce can often benefit from the guidance of a trained couples therapist who can act as a neutral third party.

Our therapists are trained in the method of couples therapy that is best supported by research evidence. Contact us today to learn how we can help.


Pre-Marital Counseling

Premarital Counseling

If you’re newly engaged, you may be thinking about how to best protect your future. In addition, many couples may be required to attend pre-martial counseling by their church or religious organization.

Marriage is massive commitment, and many unexpected events can (and will) arise to challenge you throughout the years. Many people find it incredibly helpful to think through some of those issues and get on the same page with their spouse-to-be before (or shortly after) the wedding. How will you raise your kids? How will you address financial and family stressors? How can you improve your communication style to “future-proof” your marriage?

Here at FRTC, our trained couples counseling can help you think through these issues and more, using a structured and time-limited program.


What is couples therapy like?

Couple's Therapy

At FRTC, couples therapy begins with a thorough assessment of your relationship history, your personal beliefs about relationships, and the unique circumstances that has brought you into therapy. The first several sessions involve collecting information. After your first session, you’ll complete a detailed computerized assessment as well. After your clinician has collected all the necessary information, they will develop an individualized treatment plan for you and your partner, and present it to you in the next session. Together, you will define your goals and refine your treatment plan.

You will then attend weekly sessions, using evidence-based treatments to address specific relationship deficits. We will first work on building a strong relationship foundation, supported by trust and commitment to each other. We will then move onto improving your relationship quality, and then addressing issues of conflict management. Finally, we will work on relationship enrichment, to increase relationship satisfaction, shared meaning, and intimacy.

Couples therapy appointments are generally 90 minutes. On average, couples at FRTC remain in therapy for only 12-16 sessions (3-4 months). Some peoples then commit to monthly or bi-monthly “tune-up” sessions for a period after completing this initial course of couples therapy. Intensive, long term couples therapy is also available, if desired.

If one or both partners is struggling with their own issues, we may suggest individual therapy as well, which we can provide with separate individual therapist.