Comments from Couples

“This workshop has a remarkable upside and absolutely no downside. The relationship with my partner has grown tremendously.”


“I thought we were through, and now I think we have 75 more years ahead of us.”


“The workshop has had a profound effect on our relationship. This is the first time in years that I believe a change is possible.”


“This workshop might have saved my marriage and my life. I am most thankful.”


Comments from our Peers

“A thousand thank-you’s for such a great course. Rich content, well presented. Fabulous references to other resources. Outstanding bonuses. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into the creation of this program; really well done!”

~ Kathleen Hancox Izzo, CHT, Ogunquit, ME

“I am learning so much. I am so grateful to you and all who make this such a powerful learning experience. I now feel confident in working with the most difficult cases. The consultations are invaluable. I cannot thank you enough.”

~ Mary Jane Hooper, LMFT, Fort Worth, Texas

“Having a full year to work through all the lessons has been great. There is so much to learn. I have enjoyed the material and the way you present it in helpful handouts, and dialog with participants. Thank you for an intense, challenging course. I appreciate your dedication to quality teaching.”

~ Mary Onodera, LMFT, Sacramento, CA

A Glossary of Terms that are sometimes Confusing

Couples Therapy is a counseling procedure that seeks to improve the adjustment of two people who have created an interdependent relationship. There are no standard procedures to help two people improve their adjustments to each other. Generally, a more experienced therapist will offer more perspectives and tools to a couple. Length of treatment will depend on severity of problems, motivation and skills of the therapist. A couple can be dating, living together, married or separating and may be gay, lesbian or heterosexual.

Marriage Therapy is a term often used interchangeably with marriage counseling. The term marriage implies two people have created a union sanctioned by a government or religious institution. The methods used in marriage counseling, marriage therapy and couples therapy are interchangeable and depend more on the specific challenges of each unique couple.

Psychotherapy is one or more processes to help improve psychological and emotional functioning. Examples are psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis, Rational-Emotive therapy, or group therapy. Many forms of psychotherapy are blends of different approaches. For example, newer forms of psychotherapy called energy psychology draw upon recent advances in brain and neuroscience. These approaches often build on cognitive behavioral methods.

Clinical Psychologist. After graduating from college, it usually takes about five years of graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Psycholgy. It then requires an additional two years of supervision and passing a written (and often) an oral exam. There are a few states that allow psychologists to prescribe medications (with additional training) but that is uncommon.

Psychiatrist. After graduation from medical school, there is a generally a 4-year psychiatric residency. After the completion of this training, psychiatrists must pass an exam issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to obtain certification and legally practice in the field. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications.

Clinical Social Worker. This profession usually requires two years of study after obtaining an undergraduate degree. While specific licensure requirements vary by state, most require clinical social workers to obtain 3,000 hours or 2 years of supervised clinical experience, after obtaining a Masters degree. Social workers can also specialize in diverse fields such as human services management, social welfare analysis, community organizing, social and community development, and social and political research.

Marriage and Family Therapist. Obtaining this license requires a Masters degree which takes approximately two years of post graduate study. The license also requires 3000 hours of supervised work and passing written exams.

The Couples Institute. We have assembled a group of top notch therapists at The Couples Institute. Whatever marriage help or marriage advice you are looking for, we are here to serve you. While most other therapists see only a few couples a week, we specialize in marriage and couples relationships, working to develop and bring you the most current and effective approaches to couples therapy. For more information about couples therapy or marriage counseling, see our couples therapy section.