Couples Counseling: The When’s, Why’s & What’s

When will I know it’s a good time to start? Will marriage counseling make things worse? Is our relationship too far gone for help? How can anyone help us? Excellent questions! We know the idea of needing couples counseling can be a hard, difficult and even scary truth to admit to ourselves. There is a natural apprehension of what might happen if we face our issues head-on. Because of that, couples often put it off a long time, allowing discord, disconnection and disagreements to get worse and worse.

Chances are that if you are on this page, you are likely in a time in your life where couples work with a therapist would be helpful.


If you notice any of the following in your relationship, now is a good time to get started in therapy:

Come on in...Couples counseling is not nearly as scary as you may think it is.

Come on in...Couples counseling is not nearly as scary as you may think it is.

  • Communication breakdowns

  • Repetition of arguments and past hurts

  • Escalation of fights or an inability to solve conflict on your own

  • Resentment or contempt replacing patience and kindness

  • Trust issues or loss

  • Reduced sexual activity and desire

  • Active or history of physical or emotional affairs

  • Differing opinions of what is needed out of the relationship or where it’s headed

The couples counselors at Therapy Austin are trained to help with each of these concerns, and experienced and adept in guiding you gently and thoughtfully through this journey.


Couples counseling is designed to be a process of re-establishing a vision of your relationship, while integrating ideals of each partner, and thereby creating a stronger bond. Once you get started, you will likely find couples sessions to be hopeful and exciting opportunities to engage with your partner in rebuilding a purposeful alliance. Through exploration and modification, our goal is to better equip our couples with the tools and opportunity to restore and enrich meaningful growth, attachment and love. In service of that, we commonly work in these additional areas:

  • Parenting

  • Adoption and infertility

  • Family and in-law discord

  • Cohabitation strains

  • Premarital counseling

  • Assertiveness

  • Boundaries

  • Shared role identification

  • Unified work and life balance

  • Finances


You open the door, and we will guide you the rest of the way.

You open the door, and we will guide you the rest of the way.

Our role and style as therapists will vary by individual, but each of the Therapy Austin counselors strives to provide:

  • A safe haven where openness and honesty are gently encouraged and facilitated, while fears of judgment and reprisal are gradually distinguished.

  • An active stance and collaborative approach in providing honest feedback and directives for healthy ways to communicate and connect.

  • A space to explore and practice newly acquired skills, techniques and styles of relating to replace old hurtful patterns identified in this process.

The possibilities of repairing or rejuvenating your relationship are within your reach. We are ready when you are to take this next step.

Read through our couples counselors’ bios to see who you might like to work with. Indicate your preference on our Get Started page or you may directly contact that therapist. We have therapists in North, Central and South Austin ready to work with you.