Couples and Marriage Therapy  


Sick of the same old patterns?

Struggling with trusting your spouse or partner?

Fighting way too much?

Worried the kids are seeing something they shouldn't?

Feel like you are acting like your own parents?

Couples counseling can be difficult because you need two people to commit to counseling.  Many times, one spouse or partner doesn't want to go.  Of course, you think you can deal with this on your own, but maybe it hasn't worked!  Why not give it a try?  Isn't it worth a try to have a happier life?  You both deserve each other, and you both deserve each other's best side.  If you aren't sure about couples counseling, come in for a 30-minute consultation and see what you think.  It may not be as scary as you assume. 

Specific skills can be provided for each partner with communication and conflict resolution.  Sessions can be very active, allowing the couple to really learn these skills in session.  Some skills practiced are validation of each point of view, which allows the intensity to decrease.  Each partner feels more comfortable to communicate because they feel they are being listened to.  It is important for each partner to feel they are getting what they need from therapy, and focusing on specific skills is a good start. 

Every couple is different and unique.  However, here are some common issues that couples often struggle with:

  • Poor communication                
  • Lack of communication 
  • Arguing or fighting
  • Parenting
  • Intimacy
  • Family of origin
  • Friend or family  
  • Finances
  • Infidelity
  • Mental health
  • Addictions
  • Stress
  • Spiritual or religious beliefs


Communication Skills: How to Validate your partner

Bridging Hope Counseling works with individuals, couples, and families from communities surrounding the Minnesota Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.Validation is a very effective skill to use with your partner.  Many times one or the other does not feel heard, and the intensity of the conversation goes up and it becomes a fight.  Click here to learn about validation and how to use it with your partner. 

EMDR with couples

Sometimes our partner "triggers" something in us and we react in a way we wish we hadn't.  Doing EMDR with couples can not only allow one person to get "unstuck" from something in their past, but it also allows the other partner to increase empathy.  Both can understand each other more and have compassion.  A previously heated situation can be handled rationally.  To be able to do EMDR with couples, both have to have strong resources and support in their life. 


Prepare/Enrich Program is for couples in the pre-marriage stage, cohabitating couples, cohabitating couples with children and married couples.  Each Prepare/Enrich Inventory is a 165-item questionnaire assessing relationship strength and growth areas in 20 categories.  If you are interested in the Prepare-Enrich Program, please see Payment Information page or Contact Bridging Hope Counseling for more information.  Visit the website of Life Innovations for more information on the program.


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