Couples Therapy

Every relationship has difficult moments. If you and your partner are experiencing challenges often or feeling overwhelmed, couples therapy may be helpful.

Couples Therapy
Couples therapy can address a range of relationship obstacles, including:
  • Communication challenges
  • Conflict resolution
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • And more

Getting Couples Therapy Online

It’s natural for relationships to have moments of frustration.  But if you and your partner are having
difficulty communicating, or you’re constantly arguing and unable to resolve conflicts, it may be a good
idea to consider couples therapy.

What Issues Does Couples Therapy Address?
Couples therapy can help with a variety of relationship concerns, including:
  • Communication problems
  • Conflict resolution
  • Infidelity
  • Fertility issues
  • Parenting or family problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Job loss
  • Financial hardship
  • Mental illness
  • Addiction
  • Gambling
Couples therapy may also help address past domestic violence or abuse, but in violent or
dangerous situations, call 911.

Who is Couples Therapy Best for?
Couples therapy is for adults (age 18 or older) of any gender who are in an intimate relationship
— you don’t have to be married. It’s best if both you and your partner participate, but you can
also see a therapist on your own.

How Does Couples Therapy Work?
During a video consult on Amwell, one of our licensed online therapists will listen to your
relationship concerns. He or she will also ask targeted questions about how you and your
partner relate to one another, explore the various factors contributing to your difficulties, and
identify your goals for couples therapy.

Once your online therapist has gained an understanding of your concerns and goals, he or she
will suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This can include:
  • Insights to help you better understand each other’s actions and motivations
  • Tips for more constructive ways to talk about your feelings and concerns
  • Specific skills you can practice for conflict resolution and/or problem solving
Recommendations for future sessions that use evidence-based therapeutic methods
Couples therapy can be short to help you come to a specific decision or resolve a conflict. It can
also be a longer-term approach to working out larger, ongoing issues and developing better
relationship skills. Therapy can help you and your partner redirect the relationship from what
may feel like a downward spiral and strengthen your connection. Or, if you decide to end the
relationship, it can help you find healthy ways to process and heal any difficult emotions.

How to Prepare for Your Amwell® Online Visit
Get the most out of your visit by following these helpful tips.
  • Find a quiet and private space for your visit.
  • Tell your provider who the visit is for.
  • Be specific about your concerns, symptoms, and questions.
  • Stay engaged and follow post-visit instructions if any are provided.

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If you have relationship concerns that are affecting your daily life, talk to a therapist today.
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  • What is marriage counseling?

    During online marriage counseling (also called couples therapy), a licensed therapist can meet with and your spouse face-to-face to discuss a range of marital issues, from problems communicating or resolving conflicts to infidelity, parenting concerns, sexual difficulties, and more. The therapist can help you better understand each other’s actions and motivations, and learn skills for communicating and resolving conflicts. Marriage counseling is for married adults of any gender. If your spouse doesn’t want to participate, you can have a marriage counseling session on your own. With the Amwell web or mobile app, you can receive marriage counseling online in your home with complete confidentiality.
  • What is relationship counseling?

    During relationship counseling (also called couples therapy) a licensed therapist can help you and your partner with a range of relationship issues during a face-to-face meeting, from problems communicating or resolving conflicts to infidelity, parenting concerns, sexual difficulties, and more. Your therapist can help you better understand each other’s actions and motivations, and learn skills for better communicating and resolving conflicts. Relationship counseling is for adults of any gender who are in an intimate relationship. If your partner doesn’t want to participate, you can have a relationship counseling session on your own. With the Amwell web or mobile app, you can receive relationship counseling online in your home with complete confidentiality.

  • What is a typical couples therapy session like?

    You and your partner will meet in a private video session with one of our licensed relationship therapists using Amwell via the web or the mobile app. If it’s your first session, the therapist will ask questions to understand the nature of your relationship issues and your goals for couples therapy. Your online therapist will then suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include recommendations for further sessions, using one or more specific therapy methods. Your couples therapist may provide insights to help you better understand each other’s actions and motivations, tips for more constructive ways to talk about your feelings or issues, and specific skills you can practice for working out differences or solving problems together.

  • How long does it take for online marriage counseling to work?

    Effectiveness of couple’s therapy is hard to determine because “successful” relationship outcomes are different for everyone and by nature, subjective. In general, there is strong evidence to support that therapy approaches that focus on engaging commitment in the therapy process, establishing clear goals and guiding effective between session work on those goals, is likely to be effective.

  • Can online couples counseling save a relationship?

    An important function of the couple’s therapist is to observe the dynamics and patterns in the relationship in order to assist with skill-building and change. The couple’s therapist is not there to “save” the relationship or even have an opinion about whether or not the relationship should continue. The therapist will observe the couple’s interactions and listen to each individuals’ experiences in order to assess the areas of concern and where changes need to be made. It is the objective nature of the couple’s therapist that is the ally of the relationship and will guide interventions for aligning the couple in their shared goals and values.

  • What is the success rate of marriage counseling?

    Online couples’ therapy will increase the effectiveness in several specific ways; it increases access to well-trained providers, reduces scheduling limitations and allows for flexible meeting times, lessens child-care needs, reduces travel time and time off from work and people can join from different locations. It is clear that when couples reach out for help before problems go on for too long, their chances of relationship success greatly improve; online couples therapy is a simple yet very effective modality for couples therapy.

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