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Marriage & Couples Therapy

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Wynns Family Psychology has a long history of offering couples - whether dating, engaged, married, or separated - therapy services geared towards improving the health of the relationship. We recognize relationships are tough! Thus, our providers utilize a variety of research-based treatments, interventions, and solution focused approaches to arm couples with tools to improve their relationship.

What Can You Expect from Couples Counseling?

Couples counseling is an intimate process between two people who desire to improve their relationship. Regardless of whether you are healing from infidelity, reestablishing trust after a betrayal, or learning how to reconnect in a different season of life, we will walk with you as you learn new communication styles, manage your conflict effectively, and create the relationship you (and your partner!) desire.

While every therapy session and plan are catered to the unique goals of every couple, our practice often follows the Gottman Model for initiating couples counseling. You will attend a joint intake session, individual interview, and complete an assessment. Your provider will review this process with you at your initial appointment. Couples counseling sessions are typically 60 minutes in length and often meet weekly or biweekly.

Couples counseling can be difficult work, especially if you are working through relationship trauma, betrayal, or feeling disconnected. Many couples experience intense emotions during a therapy session and need time to decompress before jumping right back into their day. We recommend creating a habit of self-care before and after your therapy sessions. This will work in collaboration with your couples-focused session to achieve your relationship goals.

What Kinds of Couples Counseling Does WFP offer?

Couples counseling can look different at varying stages of life. We are committed to specialized therapy, catered towards your specific therapy needs. Each of these services can be combined and tailored to meet your specific relationship needs.

  1. Marriage Counseling & Couples Counseling:
    These titles are often used interchangeably. Whether you are married, cohabitating, in a serious relationship, or dating, therapy is targeted towards improving relationship satisfaction. Goals can include improved communication skills, conflict management, finding the “spark”, recovery from infidelity, substance abuse, or betrayal, the effects of parenting on the relationship, blended family concerns, developing healthy relationship habits, and more.
  2. Premarital Therapy
    Premarital therapy applies to couples who are seriously dating or engaged. Therapy is a preparation for your upcoming marriage. Often, a therapist will walk you through important topics to process and identify relationship values.
  3. Co-parenting Therapy
    If you are divorced or separated, therapy provides a platform to implement appropriate communication strategies, parenting approaches, and conflict management as you navigate a two-home family. Therapy is typically solution-focused.
  4. Parent Coaching
    Have you ever said to yourself, “We would have a great marriage if not for our parenting concerns?” Parent coaching is solution-focused, skills-oriented therapy with an overall goal of increasing parenting confidence. The relationship between parents is a part of therapy, however the focus primarily rests on parenting concerns and challenges.

How Long Does Marriage Therapy Take?

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We understand the urgency that a relationship in crisis brings. Many of our clients experience relief, even when scheduling the initial intake appointment. Therapy does take time to bring about long-term, sustainable progress. However, with each appointment you will be closer to the connected, stable, loving relationship you have always wanted. Research shows couples experience an increase in relationship satisfaction between 4 and 12 sessions.

It is very common to experience continued conflict, increased tension, or even feelings of hopelessness when you begin couples counseling. The process of therapy unearths feelings that, perhaps, have been buried for weeks, months, or years. But take heart! This is how you get to the other side of having an emotionally attuned relationship filled with empathy, understanding, and love. Many studies find 70 - 75% of couples engaging in marital therapy experience positive results. Having a qualified, trained provider will give you the tools to create the marriage you desire..

We Can Help Your Marriage and Relationship

We understand contacting a therapist can be an intimidating but important step. It takes insight and courage to admit your relationship needs outside help. We hope this information will answer some of your initial questions and provide the reassurance that you’re in expert hands and on the right path to a positive and fresh start.


Marriage & Couples Resources & Articles

Marriage Resources

  • What You Should Know About Free Range Parenting
    Would you let your 10-year-old take a public bus alone? Or would you allow your 7-year-old to ride in an elevator without you? Many parents who embrace so-called free-range parenting would say, "Why not?"

  • Plan a DIY Date Night for Less
    You can expect dinner out to cost upwards of $100 per couple-not cheap! Why not tap into your creativity and turn your house into a restaurant instead?

  • Marriage and Parenting 101
    Marriage And Parenting 101 Blog

  • Does Long-standing Sibling Rivalry Really Have An Impact On A Marriage?
    So where does sibling rivalry start in the first place? According to academic professionals at the University of Michigan Health System, the most fundamental effect and characteristic of sibling rivalry is jealousy. Constant arguments between...

  • What Do Men Really Want? (It's Not What You Think.)
    There are a lot of stereotypes about men and what they want, and nearly everyone has heard them. But believing that men are as simple as the stereotypes say can make you miss out on more meaningful ways to make him happy and strengthen your...

  • Happy Mother's Day: Making Your Wife Feel Appreciated As A Mother
    With Mother's Day just around the corner, we're all reminded just how important it is to show appreciation for the mothers in our lives. But sometimes we can forget that it's just as important to show appreciation and support for your wife's role...

  • How Will Infertility Affect Your Marriage?
    Has the inability to conceive created problems for your personal health, relationship with your spouse, or the priorities in your marriage? Harboring guilt or resentment quickly leads to a breakdown in communication that puts your marriage in...

  • Can Your Marriage Survive A Baby?
    After the excitement of the birth has worn off, infants can place a lot of strain on a relationship. Do you find it hard to devote the time to your spouse and marriage that you used to? Are your children toddlers and now that you have a little...

  • Connecting When You're Expecting
    With a baby on the way, life can become even more hectic than usual and your relationship with your spouse can be one of the first things to suffer. The physical changes can be hard enough to deal with, but what impact do changes in mood,...

  • Family Meetings – Ugh!
    It would be nice to sit down with everyone for dinner or a discussion, but with everyone’s busy lives, is rounding up the family for some time together even possible? Dr. Kristen Wynns returns to the show to share her tips on working family time...

  • I'm Sorry, Really, I'm Sorry
    Apologizing can be a lot more difficult than it seems. Dr. Kristen Wynns joins us to discuss why some of us find it so hard to apologize to our spouses, the impact of always needing to be right on a marriage, why making your spouse believe your...

  • Coping With Your Child's Behavioral And Emotional Issues
    Children can place stress on any marriage, and when kids are dealing with behavioral or emotional problems, it can often be even more trying on the parents. Dr. Kristen Wynns returns to discuss some of the differences between chronic problems and...

  • The Effects Of Marital Conflict On Your Kids
    Is conflict in your marriage taking a toll on your children? Even if the arguments take place behind closed doors, they can still impact your kids. Dr. Kristen Wynns discusses some tactics parents often use without realizing the effects and how...

  • When Your Husband Doesn't e-mail back
    Have you ever e-mailed your husband at work, writing something along the lines of "Hope you're having a great day! Please remember to pick up the veggie tray for the party, get my oil changed, and mover the clothes to the dryer when you get...

  • Building Trust in Your Marriage—In a marriage, what are the building blocks of trust?
    According to the dictionary, trust is defined as “the assured reliance in the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Having it is a critical factor and also the main foundation for any relationship, whether it’s a...

  • Counsel on Giving Counsel
    Even though offering up good advice seems like a prerequisite for being a good friend, it's sometimes harder than we think.

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Call 919-467-7777 or email to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services, testing services, social skills groups, custody services, and team of psychologists and therapists. You can also complete our new client inquiry form to get started.

Most new clients are scheduled for their first full appointment at the Cary, Raleigh, or Greensboro, NC office locations within one to two weeks of calling. We also offer telehealth for those who prefer to have virtual sessions from home, school, or the office.

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