Couples counseling can be an effective way to rebuild trust, communicate constructively, and solve problems in your relationship. As you consider couples counseling, the costs have more than likely crossed your mind. How much does couples counseling cost? Can you afford it? And is it worth it?
The Costs of Couples Counseling
How Does Couples Counseling Work?
Generally, when you and your partner start working with a couples counselor, you will see them together, once a week, for an hour. These sessions typically last for three months, or 12 sessions, though couples may continue sessions if it will be beneficial. Some couples counselors may extend the time of each session, encourage sessions with each individual, or utilize other strategies, like individual sessions if one partner is struggling with a disorder, like anxiety or depression, or family therapy, if family dynamics are involved.
Different counselors use different therapy techniques to help couples improve their mutual understanding, communication, empathy, and conflict resolution. After meeting with you, your couples counselor can assess your situation and develop a plan that works best for you and your partner.
How Much Does Couples Counseling Cost?
Several factors determine the costs of couples counseling, including your location and your counselor’s level of certification and experience, among other factors. Generally, professional services are more expensive in larger cities. Counselors with more experience and a higher level of certification also tend to charge more per session.
The costs of couples counseling varies from around $75 to $200 per session, depending on who you see and where you go. Some couples counselors offer fee schedules on a sliding scale based on income. The best way to determine the costs of couples counseling is to ask your counselor up front. Many counselors also offer free or discounted consultation appointments where you can learn more about the costs of couples counseling and whether or not the counselor’s strategy will be effective for you and your partner.
Couples Counseling in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Michigan Counseling Center’s office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan provides couples counseling and a range of other services. If you live in the northern Detroit Metro Area, our couples counseling office in Bloomfield Hills may be ideal for you. With virtual counseling options, you can decide to take part in in-person sessions when it’s convenient for you, and remote sessions when your or your partner’s schedules are more hectic.
Couples Counseling in Taylor, Michigan
Michigan Counseling Centers also offers couples counseling in Taylor, Michigan. This office may be more convenient for couples who live in central Detroit, or in the west or southwest Detroit Metro Area. This office may also be a convenient option for couples in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Wyandotte and other areas. Like our counseling office in Bloomfield Hills, our Taylor office also offers virtual counseling options, so it is easier for you and your family to schedule counseling sessions at your convenience.
How to Find Affordable Couples Counseling
When seeking couples counseling, it’s important to weigh the costs against the benefits. Couples counseling can help you and your partner communicate better, establish trust, and live happier lives together. While no one wants to overpay, it is important to work with a qualified professional when your relationship is on the line.
To help find couples counseling that is both affordable and effective, try these tips.
- Research different counseling services in your area, and call or schedule consultations to learn more about their pricing. This will help you to get a good understanding of high and low pricing in your area.
- Understand the differences between a counselor, therapist, and psychologist, including their education, experience, types of services they provide. This way you will know what type of professional you are looking for, and you can compare each equally.
- Use a consultation session to learn more about your counselor’s experience, their strategies, and how counseling sessions usually work, so you can see if this will be a good fit for you and your partner.
- Ask your counselor how long they recommend counseling for it to be effective. This will impact the overall costs of counseling.
Is Couples Counseling Worth It?
Many couples are uncertain about how counseling can help them, and unwilling to work with a stranger to resolve issues. However, counseling has helped many couples heal their relationship and move forward with a stronger partnership. If both partners are willing to participate and want to restore the relationship, couples counseling is worth the cost.
There are many different approaches to couples counseling, and all couples start from vastly different positions. Also, success will look different for different couples. The needs and expectations of each partner can influence their assessment of success. For these reasons, it can be difficult to scientifically assess how effective couples counseling is. Some couples counseling techniques, such as Emotionally-Focused Therapy, can have success rates as high as 75%. Which technique or approach is best for you and your partner will depend on the unique conflicts you are dealing with, as well as each of your personalities and individual struggles.
How Can Couples Counseling Help?
Many couples wait to seek counseling because they believe they can work out problems on their own. Unfortunately, most partners are in the dark about how to bring up problems, talk them through, and solve them without hurting the other person’s feelings. A counselor has the skills, training and experience to guide couples to healthy interactions, including how to be more honest, open, tactful, and become better listeners, so they can solve problems before they threaten the relationship.
A counselor also provides a neutral third-party who is experienced in conflict mediation, active listening skills, and constructive conversation. With these skills, your counselor can give you guidance as you talk through problems with your partner, and intervene before conversations turn into fights. Your counselor can help you and your partner identify patterns and behaviors that are damaging your relationship, identify triggers that start these patterns, and help you stop them.
Can I Afford Couples Counseling?
If you have a tight budget, couples counseling may mean making some sacrifices, but this doesn’t have to change your lifestyle. You might forgo a vacation, for example, but consider couples counseling an investment in all future vacations—you and your partner will have more fun together if you aren’t fighting. Consider a series of small changes, like eliminating some cable channels, choosing a more affordable cell phone plan, or regularly eating in together rather than going out. Discuss these changes with your partner, and make sure you are both willing to participate and, if necessary, make equal sacrifices.
How to Get The Most Out of Couples Counseling
If you’ve adjusted your budget to make space for couples counseling, you may want to know how you can get the most out of couples counseling. With a healthy approach to start with, the costs of couples counseling may not seem so high. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of couples counseling.
Talk With Your Partner First
Before you start couples counseling and as you determine whether you can afford couples counseling, have an honest discussion with your partner, and with yourself. Do they want to heal the relationship? Do you? Are they willing to put in work, try new things, and change their behavior to heal the relationship? Are you? How does your partner feel about you? They may feel frustrated, mistrusting, or angry, but do they still respect you and care about what happens to you? Do you still respect and care about what happens to them? All of these questions will help you as you both move forward.
Use the Strategies Provided
As you go through couples counseling, your counselor will give you strategies and exercises. These may involve role-playing, communication strategies, reframing your emotions, and much more. These strategies and exercises may be unfamiliar to you, and they may feel strange. Likely, your counselor will ask you to practice these strategies during your sessions and at home. To get the most out of couples therapy, you must “do the work” and actually use the strategies that will help you.
All types of therapy depend on honesty. If you are honest honest with your therapist, they cannot give you strategies or techniques that will really help you. Furthermore, if your therapist does not have an accurate understanding of the situation, they won’t be able to help you move through conflict in a way that makes sense. To get the most out of couples counseling, you must be prepared to be honest with your therapist, your partner, and yourself. This might include talking about how you really feel or admitting to mistakes you’ve made. At the same time, you must be prepared for your partner to be honest. They may say things that are difficult to hear. It’s important to make space for honesty and be prepared to talk with your partner without retaliation or anger.
Be Aware of Red Flags
Couples counseling can be effective for many couples. However, there are some conditions that will make even the best counseling sessions ineffective. Physical or sexual abuse is one such condition. If your partner is physically or sexually abusive, the relationship is harmful and couples counseling will not be effective. Addiction and substance misuse is also a factor. If you or your partner is struggling with addiction or substance misuse, couples counseling can still be effective, but only if the sufferer is actively, sincerely working to manage the problem.
If you and your partner want to improve your relationship, we can help.
Couples counseling can be helpful at any stage, whether you are struggling with a particular event or issue, you are unsure about the next step in your relationship, or changes have upset your previous balance together. If you and your partner want to renew trust, communication, intimacy, or other aspects of your relationship, couples counseling can help. To learn more about the costs of couples counseling at Michigan Counseling Centers, as well as counseling strategies and plans that may be effective for you and your partner, schedule a consultation today. We can discuss your needs, determine whether we are a good fit for each other, and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Taylor or Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.