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At our goal to serve as a valuable and efficient resource for couples and families who are in the process of locating and evaluating a marriage and family counselor. The following collection of articles and abstracts can help you find answers to many common questions, such as how to find and choose the best marriage and family counselor, what to expect in counseling, what the costs are and how long the process is.

Is Marriage and Family Counseling right for me?
Author: International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors
This article provides a good summary of the circumstances when seeking a Marriage & Family Counselor might be helpful to you, as well as sound advice on how to choose a marriage & family counselor and what to expect during your initial visit.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Counseling
The article provides a summary of frequently asked questions about family and marriage counseling, such as what to expect during your sessions with a counselor / therapist, cost of family and marriage counseling, as well as tips on how to choose a family therapist.

Does Marriage Counseling Work?
When considering couples counseling, it's difficult not to wonder whether seeing a marriage counselor will actually work. This article provides some objective information based on data obtained from a national survey of family and marriage therapists and their clients. Also presented are several interesting opinions provided by individuals who have actually been through marriage counseling and were asked to comment on whether or not their experience with relationship therapy proved effective in helping their relationship.

Family & Marriage Counseling Cost: How Much Will it Cost?
Family and marriage counseling costs can vary widely. Rates vary from about $75 to $200 per hour, but many family and marriage therapists offer sliding scale fees based on income, while some accept insurance and some do not. The average cost for family and marriage counseling is about $100 per session. This article offers some interesting perspectives and more information about the costs associated with family and marriage counseling ( couples counseling ).

How to Choose a Marriage Counselor
Author: Shelly Phegley
You have made the decision to contact a family and marriage counselor. The next question is “How to choose the right marriage counselor?” The success of your experience in couples counseling or family counseling will relate directly to your compatibility with your therapist. This article provides tips on how to find a family and marriage counselor that's right for you.

Marriage Counseling Techniques
Author: Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology
There are many different approaches to marriage counseling, which may be used alone or combined with other methods by the therapist. Among the oldest is the psychodynamic approach, which attributes problems within a marriage to the unresolved conflicts and needs of each spouse.

Marriage Counseling: Get the Most Value for Your Time and Money
Author: Nancy Wasson
Marriage counseling is an investment of money, time, and energy that can give you and your spouse valuable lifelong benefits. If the two of you are going to make a serious commitment to staying in counseling until you’ve worked through the problem areas, you may be looking at going once a week for three to six months or longer. So it only makes good sense to want to get the most value from your marriage counseling experience.

Solutions for Different Parenting Styles
Author: Shelly Phegley
Once each parent acknowledges that their intentions are the same -- for their children to grow up and be happy and successful adults -- a workable solution for the family is within sight.

Warning! Marriage Counseling Can Be Very Dangerous for Your Relationship
Author: Jeff Herring
There is some thinking that traditional marriage counseling can be dangerous to your marital health. In a 1999 presentation to the SmartMarriages Conference, entitled "How Therapy Can Be Hazardous to Your Marital Health" William Doherty pointed out that "according to a national survey, 80 percent of all private practice therapists in the U.S. say they do marital therapy. And only 12 percent of them are in a profession that requires even one course or any supervised experience."

Help Your Marriage Survive The Rough Spots
Author: David Silva
Every marriage has its ups and downs, its rough periods. Even in the best of circumstances, there are going to be difficult times. People change. Circumstances change. Emotions change. Over time...

All You Need Is Love, Is Not True
Author: Dr. Dorree Lynn
The Beatles got it right when they sang: “All you need is love.” But, people tend to get it wrong when they don’t differentiate between being in love and what it takes to have a love relationship. Aft...

Marriage And Money
Author: Dr. Dorree Lynn
Studies show that money issues are the highest cause of marital conflict and cause for divorce. Conflicts over money and money management outweigh conflicts over sex (including affairs) and difference...

The Foundation for a Happy Family
Author: Terri Hardwick
How do happy families resemble one another? What are the characteristics they have in common? The number one characteristic of a happy family is a loving relationship between parents.

How to Listen to Your Teenager without Appearing to Have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Author: V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed.
In one of the Family Circus cartoon strips, the little girl looks up at her father, who is reading the newspaper, and says, "Daddy, you have to listen with your eyes as well as your ears." That statement says almost all there is to say about listening. Being a good listener means focusing attention on the message and reviewing the important information.

Online Family & Marriage Counseling - An Introduction
Author: Staff Writer
The Internet has revealed itself as a mediator between therapists and clients as online counseling websites surface all over the web. Online counseling, sometimes called E-therapy or cyber-counseling, is when a professional offers emotional support and advice over the Internet. This articles provides an introduction to the various methods and issues regarding online counseling.

Nine Signs That Your Spouse Is Cheating Online
Author: Bill Mitchell
Today, the prevalence of online affairs is obvious, and this epidemic is causing the breakup of countless marriages. So how do you know if your spouse is violating your marital vows by carrying out an online affair?

Overcoming Differences in a Relationship
Author: Staff Writer
Different points of view, even unfamiliar or uncomfortable ones, can encourage a whole new framework to your love relationship or marriage, and there's nothing wrong with adding another dimension to your life, your relationship or your marriage.

Play "Twenty-Questions" With Your Partner
Author: Peter Pearson, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Couples Institute
Here’s a variation for your next dinner date to find out a little more about your partner and vice versa. The following questions will help you go a little deeper than discussing work, kids, vacations, or sports.

How to get the Most from your Couples Counseling
Author: Ellyn Bader, Ph.D. and Peter Pearson, Ph.D., Founders and Directors of The Couples Institute
Couples are often uncertain what to expect from the process of couples therapy. They are not sure of what to expect of the therapist or even if the therapist has any expectations of them.

Kid Time and Couple Time
Author: Dr. Margaret Paul
One thing that is often not realized by parents is that a happy and harmonious marriage is one of the greatest gifts they can give to their children.

There is a link between teenage drug use and overindulgent parents

In their zeal to make their teenagers happy, they fail to impart the very values and ethics they say they want to teach. Too little structure is giving children too much freedom and license. Firm structure includes establishing and enforcing rules, creating firm boundaries, monitoring teenager’s activities, and imparting effective living skills.

Tips for Being a More Lighthearted Parent
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Every Wednesday is Tip Day on The Happiness Project Blog. The following list of parenting tips are some of the best we have ever read. 

Premarital Counseling
Author: Shelly Phegley
Research shows that premarital counseling reduces the risk of divorce by up to 30%. With odds like those, opting for premarital counseling makes a lot of sense. 

Domestic Violence in Gay/Lesbian Relationships
For the GBLT community reporting abuse is a challenge, but partnering with the straight domestic violence community will build resources, awareness and action. It will also give confidence to the victims because they'll encounter people who have left their abusers and have survived to tell their story.

Money and Marriage
What’s interesting though, is that even in your closest relationship (the one with your partner or spouse), money issues make for an uncomfortable discussion.

How to Keep Infertility from Destroying Your Marriage
Author: Johanna Nauraine

It is advisable to create family alternatives that take into account the possibility that treatment may not be successful. This may include adoption, becoming more involved in the lives of the children that already exist in your extended family, or deciding not to have children at all. If this last option becomes the one you choose, the two of you may need to develop specific plans for how you want your life to evolve.

Children and Divorce: Visitation Do's and Don'ts
Author: Johanna Nauraine


Divorcing couples who share custody have to manage the logistics of visitation and the disruption caused by children shuttling back and forth between two households.

Seven Surefire Strategies for Success Over Stress: How to Build Lasting Resilience!
Author: Dr. Jack Singer
Susan has been suffering a series of medical conditions, which her doctors have not been able to diagnose or treat effectively. On and off pain in her stomach, achiness in her neck and back and headaches have become a regular part of her life. Susan fears that she may have cancer or another dreaded disease that has been missed by her doctors. After a series of negative tests, the doctors concluded that there is no disease present and that her symptoms are the result of the stresses in her life. Stress can and does cause medical symptoms with no disease present. In fact, it has been estimated by medical practitioners that up to 75% of the patients they treat have real symptoms, but these symptoms are caused by stress alone, not by a disease. Everyone knows about relaxation, exercise and proper diet, but what other powerful strategies can Susan use to continually master the stresses in her life?