How you prepare

The only preparation needed for marriage counseling is to find a therapist. You can ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a therapist. Loved ones, friends, your health insurer, employee assistance program, clergy, or state or local mental health agencies might offer recommendations. It can be helpful to interview several therapists before you decide on one.

Before scheduling sessions with a specific therapist, consider whether the therapist would be a good fit for you and your partner. You might ask questions about:

  • Education and experience. What is your educational and training background? Are you licensed by the state? Are you credentialed by the AAMFT? What is your experience with our type of issue?
  • Logistics. Where is your office? What are your office hours? Are you available in case of emergency?
  • Treatment plan. How many sessions should we expect to have? How long is each session?
  • Fees and insurance. How much do you charge for each session? Are your services covered by our health insurance plan?