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Couples Counseling

When is it Time to go to Couples Counseling?

There isn’t a perfect time to begin going to couples counseling, as it’s typically on a case-by-case basis. Couples may choose to begin attending sessions due to an existing issue and/or to prevent future problems from surfacing. Experiencing issues, disagreements and problems in a relationship are not abnormal, as they happen in most partnerships, and many can be resolved through therapy. Relationships are not as easy as some may seem. They take a lot of love, patience and empathy, and possibly the help of professional experts.

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Couples counseling has the ability to create a safe zone for partners to openly communicate their thoughts without judgement. This method has helped many couples reach a compromise that both partners are comfortable with about issues that are causing stress on the relationship. As mentioned, it may also be beneficial to couples that may not be experiencing significant disagreements, as a licensed counselor can provide tools and resources to couples that may help them maintain a healthy relationship.

Common Reasons and Signs Couples go to Counseling

There is an infinite amount of reasons why partners begin couples counseling sessions, however, there may also not be a reason at all. Attending couples counseling doesn’t necessarily mean that there are any present issues, as some couples choose to go to maintain their happiness. Since there are many reasons couples may begin attending couples counseling, there are also many signs that appear that suggest you should consider attending with your partner. Here are some of the more common reasons and signs that lead couples to begin counseling:

  • You and/or your partner have committed infidelity against the other
    • When one or both individuals in a relationship cheats, it may cause a sense of distrust within the relationship. However, Infidelity does not necessarily mean that the relationship is over, as many couples have become closer than before after working through this issue.
  • You and/or your partner is dealing with mental illness, such as depression
    • Dealing with a mental illness may be hard for one or both partners, however, speaking to a licensed professional may provide tools that couples can utilize to support each other through difficult obstacles.
  • You or your partner are pregnant and/or just gave birth to a child
    • Beginning and/or growing a family can be a stressful time as many aspects of a couple’s life is changing as more individuals are added. Couples may be stressed, fatigued and/or emotionally drained during these times and it may add unwanted pressure to the relationship. Speaking with someone may help partners realize each other’s needs through these types of transitions.
  • You and your partner are not expressing enough intimacy
    • Some couples experience a “dry spell,” that includes much less intimacy or sex than what is desired. This may be caused by busy schedules, lack of interest or a variety of reasons. These dry spells do not typically last forever and the underlying cause may be revealed through counseling.  
  • You and your partner are not communicating properly
    • Sometimes, it’s not a matter of the amount you are communicating with your partner, but rather what is being communicated. Conversations may derail from their intended paths and cause more damage. A specialized therapist will guide the conversation into positive progress.
  • You and/or your partner are having money issues
    • The root of many disagreements within relationships includes money. The lack of money has the power to create continuous issues with partners that lead to disagreements. Although a counselor will not be able to help partners find a new/additional income source, they can provide resources that help partners get through hardships.
  • You and/or your partner have experienced a major life change
    • Major life changes, whether positive or negative, can cause stress, excitement and many other emotions. These major life changes could include a new job, getting married to each other and/or a move to a new city. Although these changes may be positive, the change that accompanies them may cause stresses that the relationship isn’t used to handling.

Arranging Couples Counseling

Many relationship issues and disagreements can be successfully fixed with couples counseling. It is not uncommon for one’s partner to be uneasy about the thought of couples counseling, so be sure to explain your reasoning behind deciding why this is the right course of action for both of you. 

Relationship issues can be successfully treated today through various methods, including therapy and counseling. The therapists displayed below specialize in treating relationship issues, are credentialed with various insurance companies, and have varied availability to meet most client needs.

Lisa Elsey

Offers sessions only online

Come step up your mental health with me. 25 years of experience working with children and families in many different capacities including: outpatient, group, crisis, foster, adoption care systems, and in-home. I work with Individuals of all ages. I treat adults, couples, parents, families, and…

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Nancy A. Gunzner /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a native born in Colorado, have been married for 25+ years, have two adult male children, am located in Wheat Ridge, and am bilingual to the language of Spanish for many years. I have worked in the Criminal Justice System at the First…

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Susie Martinez /

Offers sessions only online

I am committed to providing compassionate and individualized psychotherapy in a warm, safe and accepting environment. In our work together we will strive to bring about the emotional growth, change and healing you desire. I use a flexible and integrative approach to therapy within an…

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Victoria Tucker / /

Offers sessions in-person and online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and Licensed Registered Nurse (RN). I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado. My approach to health and well-being is rooted…

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David Karl

Offers sessions only online

David Karl is a bilingual therapist in Denver able to see English and Spanish speaking patients. English Respecting your culture, empowering you: individuals, couples, families; providing guidance and advice to solve your own problems. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in private practice, serving Denver…

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Ruby Brayman

Offers sessions in-person and online

Hello! I’m Ruby. I am a licensed clinical social worker, but I am more often known as your biggest cheer leader, thought untangler, and copilot through the ups and the downs of life. Together we will examine thought and behavior patterns to help you better…

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Kelly Cote /

Offers sessions only online

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and EMDR trained therapist. I have been in the field for over 10 years and have worked in a variety of giving me a wide range of experience. Some areas I specialize in are grief and…

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Keith Long

Offers sessions only online

Therapist in Aurora, Keith Long is licensed in Colorado as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). He has a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Midland University, Fremont, Nebraska….

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Lynne McRae

Offers sessions only online

My name is Lynne McRae, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, Certified Community Herbalist, Reiki Master, and Yoga Nidra Teacher. Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life? Stressed out, burned out, coming out? I work well with…

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Molly Esterl-Byrne

Offers sessions in-person and online

My name is Molly Esterl-Byrne, LCSW. I have been providing therapeutic services for the past 33 years in the Denver-metro area. I graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Social Work in 1988 and have been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker…

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Cheryl Lispi

Offers sessions in-person and online

Cheryl has spent several decades as a psychotherapist/counselor in both the public and private mental health systems. She has worked with clients from all walks of life as well as levels of problems and issues. She enjoys working with depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic…

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Jordan Langdon

Offers sessions in-person and online

I love my work as a therapist and am grateful for the opportunity to help people make positive changes in their lives and to move towards a greater acceptance of themselves. I have a small, part time, practice which allows me to focus the time…

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Jessica Kuchinski

Offers sessions only in-person

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist working in the field since 2003, I’ve worked with children, teens, and adults in schools, summer programs, in homes, a parenting supervision center, in residential treatment, in walk-in crisis, in hospitals, crisis stabilization units, in outpatient…

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Karen Mikolic

Offers sessions only online

Karen Mikolic, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Neuropsychology. Dr. Mikolic is a compassionate and dedicated therapist providing counseling for children, teenagers, adults and families. Her therapeutic approach draws from her assessment expertise and rich clinical work. She examines, analyzes and successfully…

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Andre’a Kirkland

Offers sessions only online

Perhaps you are here in Colorado surrounded by beauty and a vibrant community that is always seeking the next best thing. It can be an intimidating process to find your purpose and make your mark especially when you’re not feeling like yourself. “I know where…

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Janet Borelli

Offers sessions in-person and online

Are you under stress? Overwhelmed? Do you feel unable to move ahead in your life? would you like to feel more effective with your children or your marriage? I have 30 years experience in individual child and family counseling, as well as couple counseling. I…

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Rachel LaMorte

Offers sessions in-person and online

I utilize a compassionate approach to counseling while integrating humor, empowerment, and challenging questions to assist you with developing awareness and moving forward from feeling stuck.  Whether you are experiencing difficulties with depression, drug and alcohol use, relationship issues, traumatic events, work/life balance, life transitions…

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Cecilia Kosak /

Offers sessions only online

Cecilia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist.  She is a Denver native and has been a practicing therapist for over 10 years.  She tailor-makes a therapeutic plan for you to help you find your best self again.  She believes that…

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Brittany McCrann

Offers sessions in-person and online

I have been working as a licensed Mental Health clinician for four years. Brittany completed a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2009 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with then went on to completed a Masters in Clinical Social Work…

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Deborah Neisen

Offers sessions in-person and online

Hello! I look forward to getting to know you and hope that my bio below will help you get to know me as well. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield, graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s in…

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Jamie Brennan

Offers sessions in-person and online

“When we identify with our pain or what’s not right, everything becomes work. When we connect with our true Self, everything becomes play and or meaningful.” Whether you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed or afraid, or are feeling eager and ready to make a big change,…

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Rachel Rossi

Offers sessions only online

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing therapy with children, teens, adults, couples, and families since 2012. Rachel is also both a Level I and II EMDR trained clinician. Rachel’s approach is compassionate, collaborative, action-oriented and strengths-focused. She specializes in helping children,…

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Jonathan Minifie

Offers sessions in-person and online

Jonathan C. Minifie has more than 20 years of experience working with adolescents. He has worked extensively with adolescents and individuals in school and clinical settings. Mr. Minifie has experience in working with multiple diagnoses including schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar mood disorders, attention deficit…

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Wendy Klein

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I am a strong advocate of mental health and believe that the state of mental health is on a continuum. Just like physical health needs to be maintained, so does mental health. Some people suffer from organic mental illnesses, which are similar to suffering from…

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Emilie Graham

Offers sessions only online

I am a relationship-based therapist and your needs shape and guide my approach to our work. As humans, we often internalize beliefs and become stuck in relational patterns. When these beliefs and/or patterns become rigid rather than remaining fluid, our relationships with ourselves and with…

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Marly Kravetz /

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Marly’s office is in Broomfield, CO, where she sees clients with ages ranging from 3 months to 93 years old. She has worked in community, business & educational settings as well as both inpatient and outpatient hospital programs. She has maintained a private practice since 1989 (in Colorado since 2013).

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Laurie Tonelli

Offers sessions in-person and online

As a licensed psychologist, I specialize in couples counseling, family therapy, and psychological testing. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. During graduate school, and the years that followed, I conducted research alongside renowned psychologists examining couple and family communication….

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Molly Jaques /

Offers sessions only online

Please note: Molly is not accepting new male clients over 18 years old at this time. Molly Jaques is a LPC or Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s of Counseling from Regis University, graduating with honors. She is trained…

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Michael Gyorffy

Offers sessions only online

Hello! I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2007 and have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have a B.A in psychology (Asbury University) and a master’s degree in social work (Spalding University). My clinical experience…

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Shannon Hicks / /

Offers sessions in-person and online

Shannon is a seasoned therapist who graduated in 2007 from Denver Seminary. Shannon has a deep passion for restoring individuals, couples and families. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, family systems, Attachment issues, crisis intervention, trauma, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience…

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Ashley Seeger

Offers sessions only online

Hello, I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 1999 and have developed an expertise in communication skills, empathy and bringing mindful awareness into relationships. I am experienced in providing online therapy using confidential and HIPAA compliant software. I am passionate about helping people understand…

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Nicole Woodman

Offers sessions in-person and online

Nicole is a solution focused therapist. Nicole believes in working together to resolve the challenges you may face in your life. Nicole combines my skills as a Masters level therapist and yoga teacher to create an integrated approach to therapy allowing people to move through…

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Carly Boeselt

Offers sessions only online

Life often throws us things that we don’t expect, or never think we will have to deal with. Sometimes, it’s more of a life transition that leaves us feeling alone or not knowing where to turn next. I have a passion for joining side by…

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Angela Gould

Offers sessions only online

My first practicum in psychotherapy was in 1977.  I have been practicing for 42 years and still feel a great deal of excitement and dedication to my profession.  Over the years I have worked in a variety of settings:  VA Hospital, Private Psychiatric Hospital, Outpatient…

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Shayna Reibman

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Dr. Reibman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA in 1994. After college, she moved to Morocco and spent two years teaching English as a foreign language.  She then attended Alliant International University, Fresno,  and earned her PhD in clinical…

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John Sander

Offers sessions in-person and online

Sometimes life causes you to feel overwhelmed. Often it seems like you are never going to feel quite satisfied with who you are or where you are going. When this happens, you can start to feel even more discouraged from having the life and relationships…

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Justin Ryan

Offers sessions only in-person

Justin Ryan is a licensed professional counselor practicing in the Littleton, CO area. Justin’s focus is to provide support and clinical interventions in a safe and therapeutic environment. Justin believes in empathy, tolerance, and acceptance. Together you will work collaboratively with Justin to address your…

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Lisa Volk /

I have experience working with families, (blended, or otherwise), with partial families (say, an adult child & parents, or siblings, etc.), with couples (heterosexual and same sex), with adolescents, and with individuals. I have familiarity with various cultures, particularly Asian, South Pacific Islanders, Middle Eastern,…

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