Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling

The stress of life (work, parenting, extended family, money, etc) taken a toll on your marriage? 

You’ve been feeling distant from your partner?  

You’re arguing more lately. And, the problem never gets resolved, so it feels like you’re on the same loop every time.

You avoid conflict and now you feel like your partner isn’t meeting your needs and doesn’t get you.” 

Whether you are experiencing minor tensions or major relationship problems, couples therapy in Rockville, MD can help. Just like any other health concern, the earlier you get help for your relationship, the better the outcome!


Common Concerns We See During Couples Therapy in Rockville, MD

There’s a wide range of couples concerns we address at MCCC. But, this list is not all-inclusive.

  • unhappy Black couple sitting in a counseling clinic. They get couples therapy in rockville, MD and marriage counseling in Rockville, MD at MCCC 20852General relationship dissatisfaction
  • Conflict management
  • Communication skills
  • Rebuilding trust
  • Concerns about time, sex, and money (the 3 most common issues in couples)
  • Differences in parenting styles
  • Trouble with in-laws or other family members
  • Substance use affecting the relationship
  • Difference in values
  • Decisions about whether or not to have children
  • Blended family concerns
  • Intimacy concerns
  • Codependency

Why Choose MCCC for Couples Therapy in Rockville, Maryland or Online

distant couple in need of couples therapy in Rockville, MD. They work with a couples therapist from montgomery county counseling center for marriage counseling in Maryland online therapy.Many couples need help to understand what exactly is causing their issues. Sometimes, after you’ve been unhappy for so long, you can’t even point to the things that make you feel so frustrated. To really understand the issues you’re having you also have to understand how they began and how it’s affecting your thought and actions towards your partner. Your therapist will offer you guided help to improve your communication skills. Then, you will be better able to handle any obstacle that could come your way. We hope to let you both express your thoughts and emotions so you both get your needs met. This means we will use “topics of the week” to teach healthier communication skills. 

If making it to in-person couples therapy at our Rockville, MD counseling clinic doesn’t work for you, we also offer online therapy in Maryland to help you strengthen your relationship and repair any misunderstandings or hurts that have occurred. 

Ultimately, our goal is to teach you to address any relationship problems using healthy tools. That way you don’t need us anymore! Basically, we WANT to work ourselves out a job!


What To Expect When You Begin MCCC Couples Therapy in Rockville, MD 

A standard couples therapy intake and assessment process take about 4 sessions. This includes:

    1. A joint session discussing relationship history, strengths, concerns, and goals
    2. Partner #1 individual session to explore personal and family history
    3. Partner #2 individual session to explore personal and family history
    4. A joint session where your therapist will give you feedback on your relationship strengths and present you with a treatment plan moving forward.

The Counseling Process

gottman couples method, the sound relationship house model (bottom up): build love maps, share fondness and admiration, turn towards instead of away, the positive perspective, manage conflict: accept your partner's influence, dialogue about problems, practice self-soothing, make your dreams come true, create shared meaning. Begin couples therapy in Rockville, MD at MCC or in online therapy in Maryland.After that 4th session, you and your partner will decide if you would like to begin the counseling process. This is where the work truly begins. Based on your treatment plan, we will explore the different areas of your relationship. We will teach skills to reinforce your foundation. Read more about the Gottman Sound Relationship House.

Ongoing work will include worksheets, in-session practice conversations, and some self-regulating work as well. We weave in DBT skills for that. You have to be able to soothe your own emotions to be able to show up effectively with your partner.

Once you feel that your couple’s goals are met, we will discuss how you can go about maintenance. Then, we’ll decide together whether or not that includes ongoing therapy.


What Couples Have Said About Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy at MCCC

happy couple after couples counseling in maryland

I like how we started off by asking us about the history of our relationship. It helped my husband and I share the good beginnings at the start of our work together. My husband and I now have better boundaries. We are able to listen to each other for the emotion behind the words. We can listen without judgement much better now.

Laura is candid but caring. She helped us identify root cause of issues, work toward tangible solutions, and teach us the skills to be able to identify root cause and find a solution ourselves. Now we can understanding the others perspective in arguments or disagreements.

Looking for a Different Way to Improve Your Relationship?

You may be undecided about what you want. Some people don’t know if couples counseling is even going to help. Or, if they are committed enough to do the work. Sometimes, people feel that they cannot get their partner on board with couples counseling. In either of these scenarios, individual therapy can be helpful for you! Individual therapy will help you get a sense of what you want and what your options include.

Begin Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy in Rockville, MD As Soon As Possible!

There is no perfect time to start. But we know that the soon the better. It is always easier to treat relationship problems as early as possible to minimize future damage. Follow these steps to begin counseling in Rockville, MD, or online therapy in Maryland:

  1. Contact Montgomery County Counseling Center to set up a free consultation appointment
  2. Meet with one of our skilled couples counselors
  3. Start improving your relationship today!

Other Services Offered at Montgomery County Counseling:

Our talented team of therapists offers a wide variety of therapy services in Rockville, MD which is near Washington DC. Our other services include parent coachingfamily therapy, teen therapy, adult therapy, and child therapy. We also offer an online parenting class for parents of struggling teens or young adults. Due to COVID-19, we are offering an online support group for college students, and an Aspiring to Allyship in Anti-Racism group. Some of our clinicians provide supervision opportunities for mental health professionals seeking their professional license. Contact our counseling clinic to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your family heal and thrive.


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