We know that relationships are hard, and even the healthiest and most stable partnerships need to navigate troubled waters from time to time. If you’re going through one of these turbulent times or you want to work together to avoid difficulty that may be on the horizon, we can help. At Lime Tree Counseling, our knowledgeable clinicians offer marriage counseling. If you and your partner are having trouble scheduling in-office visits or you live a little too far away to justify regular sessions at our practice, we also provide online couples therapy sessions for clients anywhere in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado. On this page, you’ll find out more about what to expect during couples counseling, but if you’d rather get started chatting with one of our team members, we’d love to hear from you.
What We Help With
Our experienced therapists can help relationships in numerous ways. Some of the common situations we help couples navigate include:
- Life gets hectic, and sometimes, that means couples don’t have the time they’d want to invest in their relationship.
- As couples navigate new phases of life, their relationship will change too.
- Sometimes, couples need help adapting to new circumstances.
- What couples fight about isn’t as important as how they fight. We will help you and your spouse strengthen your marriage by learning to speak in ways you both can hear.
You don’t have to keep yelling and getting nowhere. You don’t have to keep hurting each other. You can learn new ways to speak and actually hear each other. When you’re ready, the therapists at Lime Tree Counseling would like to help.
How We Help Couples
At Lime Tree Counseling, we truly believe all of us are made to be attached to the significant people in our lives. Our spouse should be the most important person in our lives and also the person with whom we feel the safest. We help couples who are struggling to identify the patterns of behavior they keep repeating over and over, that just aren’t working. Oftentimes, partners find relief from simply seeing the behavior they keep repeating from a new perspective.
Then, we help couples learn new skills to communicate and meet each other’s needs, strengthening their connection. Marriage is a team sport, and it works best when you support each other. Couples therapy is a safe place to learn and practice these new skills.
Strengthen Your Relationship
Our therapists realize coming into counseling can be strange or even scary. Maybe there are things you have never said out loud, and you are afraid to acknowledge them. We love to help couples talk about those difficult things. When you finally speak about these things you’ve been avoiding, you take a huge step forward to strengthening your marriage. Your relationship is too important to let it suffer. Let’s work together to build your connection!
What Happens In Marriage Therapy?
Below, we outline the basics of what you can expect during relationship therapy, but keep in mind, no couple is alike. Your marriage counseling plan will be customized by one of our knowledgeable therapists to meet your individual needs.
First Session of Couples Counseling
In our first session, you both meet with your therapist. This session is focused on the therapist getting to know you both as a couple and getting an idea of your struggles and your goals. Your therapist will listen to your story and ask questions to get to know you better and understand your specific situation.
Two Individual Sessions
After your initial session together, your counselor will meet with each of you individually for one session. This allows the marriage therapist to get to know you both more in depth, especially to understand your background and how that influences your marriage today.
On Going Marriage Therapy Sessions
After these beginning assessment sessions, you both meet with your therapist in each appointment thereafter. Through ongoing sessions, you begin to work on your goals and practice new skills to heal and deepen your relationship.
Relationship & Couples Counseling: Strengthen Your Marriage
Do you want to be more connected to your partner? Do you want to fight less and enjoy each other more? Our therapists can help you find a deeper connection with each other!
Our therapists will to touch on these points when providing marriage counseling care:
Communication. Good communication involves being able to share our thoughts and feelings as well as be receptive to the thoughts and feelings of others.
Boundaries. Good boundaries in a relationship mean you can tell where one person ends and the other begins.
Respect. You have to respect the other person in order to have good boundaries and good communication.
Honesty. Are you able to share how you feel and not worry about being judged? Are you able to make mistakes without being criticized? Honesty also requires being able to speak the truth to someone when you see that they are struggling. But this does not mean using the truth as a battering ram.
Trust. When there is mutual trust, there is safety and a lack of fear. You are able to depend on them and know that they will show up for you on a consistent basis.
Give and take. Healthy relationships depend on a give and take. One day your loved one may be struggling, so you are there to serve and comfort them. And then when you need help, your loved one is there to hold you up.
You can read more about these key marriage counseling ideas here in a blog post on our blog page.
Further Reading On Marriage Counseling
Read more about marriage counseling in our blog posts:
By Marcia Murphy, MA We all desire our relationships to be ones where we feel accepted and loved, and when that is not the case, we can feel alone or even unsafe. In order to build healthy relationships, we need to understand what makes someone trustworthy and how to...
By Marica Murphy, MA From our earliest ages, we develop certain beliefs about ourselves that can affect us throughout our lives. These core foundational beliefs are more often negative than positive, and can be formed through our parents, family, friends, and other...
By Alana Gregg, MS When you’ve been married for a long time, it can be easy to get a little too comfortable. You see each other day in and day out. You sleep next to each other. You raise kids together. You may be physically together often but that is not the same...
Additional Counseling Services at
Lime Tree Counseling
In addition to therapy for addiction and substance use disorders, we also provide a range of therapy solutions, including:
Trauma & PTSD Treatment
We also specialize in trauma and PTSD therapy. Sometimes one partner’s trauma background effects the relationship. In these cases, the one partner will find it helpful to do some trauma counseling before couples therapy…Learn more
Anxiety can be overwhelming. Whether it’s a constant worrying or more intense panic attacks, no one should endure regular anxiety. If you or your spouse struggles in this area, please consider anxiety treatment…Learn more
Life gets busy, and maybe coming into the office is not doable. Or perhaps you live in a remote area, and don’t have access to quality mental health care. We offer online counseling services to those residing in Pennsylvania…Learn more
Get Started With Therapy Today!
Please contact Lime Tree Counseling to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible and get you scheduled. In our Ambler, PA office, we serve all of Montgomery County, and our therapists are happy to offer online counseling sessions for residents of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado.